- For the Student Pilot
The Ranch solos 5 times more aerotow students than any other school. Many
people start at different places, become frustrated with weather and the
training hill process, hear about us, and then end up finishing their training
at the Ranch. Our teaching methods are widely
regarded as exceptional.
- For the Low-airtime Pilot
It is easier to learn to thermal at the Ranch than anyplace else. Consistently
excellent weather (A non-flyable day is extremely rare.) and a large, easy
landing field mean that you can count on getting as much flying done as you want.
If you happen to get flushed on a particular flight (Who doesn't now and then?),
you can go right back up again immediately--there is no need to break down or
hitch a lift back up to launch. We have four aerotugs and a staff of seven . . .
plus, you can take off directly into the wind no matter which way it's blowing.
All this combines to create the best possible learning environment. New solo
students have racked up hours of airtime in their first few flights here.
- For the Recreational Pilot
If your primary goal is to have a good time, the Ranch is the place for you.
No other soaring site boasts the comforts and extras that we have. Not only
will you get plenty of great thermalling, but you and your whole family can enjoy
our many amenities, and our friendly, laid-back
- For the Competition and Cross Country Pilot
World record holder Larry Tudor says the Ranch is one of his favorite
places to fly. Like so many other champion pilots, he also feels this is
the best place to take a hang gliding vacation. Lots of hardcore pilots
train at the Ranch in the winter to take advantage of the year-round soaring.
Sunny days and a mid-state convergence zone called the Florida Ridge mean
abundant thermals. Ranch records show that this
state, flat though it may be, is great for hang gliding. One of our pilots
took off from here a while ago and landed on the beach more than eighty miles
away . . . he was found by the retrieval crew in a surfside bar flanked by a
couple of bikini-clad admirers.
- For the Pilot's Family and Friends
They can just drop you off while you spend the day flying. The non-flying
activities available here. From Disney World and all the other famous
Orlando area attractions to the lesser-known
diversions such as snorkelling in Florida's crystal clear springs or canoeing
down one of our many scenic rivers, there is plenty to do no matter what your
budget. This variety of entertainment often astonishes the typical hang glider
pilot's family, who are acustomed to the usual spartan launch and landing zones.