There are several commercial glider schools in the US. Contact the SSA (Soaring Society of America) for a list. Estrella soaring Southwest of Phoenix makes a winter vacation in the desert. Arizona Soaring www.azsoaring.com/about/You can't. Other options are some PPL or glider lessons. I was going to try glider lessons, but locally, that means joining a club. Which isn't cheap. There's a club in the UK that does reasonably priced 1 week residential gliding courses that I may do next year.
Yes, much better than the glider option. Some of each is even better.I wonder if training in an open air Light Sport like a side by side quicksilver would help? They have a place by me that does that. Weights would be different but at least you'd be able to learn the "low mass/high drag" part and sight picture.
The Quicksilver is an option. Bever Borne bought the company and is in business. He did a forum at Oshkosh.
====================================================================since it was talked about in another thread about how the 2 seat UL trainers are outlawed. i was curious how should one these days get a bit of UL training?
Do's, Don'ts ect.
Yeah, the "Ultralight Discovery Lesson" advertised isn't in an ultralight. And isn't Light Sport flight instruction either, it is a commercial thrill ride which isn't authorized for Light Sport at this time. And with those "two feet above the water" shenanigans it won't help get commercial operations approved.The video clips on Skyrider's website are nice looking and all, but the FAA could absolutely bust their asses on several things IMHO. From the two working video clip[s alone:
They are routinely flying at distances much closer than 500 feet from people, cars, etc.
They are charging money for aircraft rental but the starboard wing strut of that Quicksilver has the word "experimental" on it in big letters.
They are clearly flying over water, out of gliding distance to shore, without life jackets or water survival gear.
I like flying low as much or more as everybody else here, but for their instructor to be doing some of that stuff (on camera no less) is not a good representation of a safety-first attitude.
I have to respectfully disagree strongly.If a card carrying CFI wants to train ultralight pilots, what is the reward for them. The knowledge that the student isn't even likely to stick around past solo?
despite the protests from many the best way forward for up and coming ultralight pilots is to start out with hang gliders and developing a comradery of knowledge and skill with others of a like mind.
I believe there is much less liability in ultralight training than in sport pilot or private pilot. There is less chance negligence for not complying with standards or regulations........
Is the liability exposure for ultralight oriented instruction by a CFE that much worse than instruction oriented toward getting a sport pilot's license? Than for a regular private pilot's license?