However, there are plenty of people who do not share my fears, and though I can’t speak for the beekeeping community in town, I know that there are Chattanoogans who can’t get enough of high places.
Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding offers that unique thrill.
One of only a handful of such programs across the nation, Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding offers state-of-the-art equipment and a quality staff that can get you flying in no time.
They provide the equipment, as well as the concrete radial ramp right off of Scenic Highway on the back of the mountain. All you have to do is call to reserve a flight.
What to know about tandem flights
No experience is necessary to fly tandem with an instructor, and it’s the quickest way to get up in the air. This way, you can take a bird’s-eye view of the hills and river west of Lookout Mountain without bothering with flight school.
All tandem flights are launched and landed behind an ultralight airplane that tows gliders to the desired height. No running or physical effort is required.
A 1,500-foot tandem flight goes for close to $150, and a 3,000-foot climb will run you $250.
The launch and landing zone is a 44-acre field about a mile west of the foot of the mountain and is perfectly situated to get a sweeping view of rolling hills and mountains for miles around.
Personally, I prefer the idea of having a professional up there with me in case I lose my mind, but some of you have more guts than me.
What to know about flying solo
For those of you who want a more challenging experience to scratch that adventure itch, flight school is available to fit your needs. Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding is one of only a half-dozen hang gliding schools in America, and students are eager to sing the praises of the program.
“Everyone was fantastic, very supportive, great instruction, enthused about flying and so helpful. It was a magical experience, and I can’t wait to come back soon,” reads one customer’s testimonial.
Beginner half-days on the attraction’s bunny hills cost $200, and packages for those with more expertise can be up to $1,000.
The most popular package at that price gets you 50 training flights, four tandem flights to 1,800 feet and four supervised solo flights at 1,340 feet.
If you are a college student, like me, with nothing in your wallet but lint and a Sonic coupon, special rates are available for flight school or daily instruction in a pay-as-you-go plan.
Prices might still seem a little steep for the experience, so be sure to check out Groupon for the latest deals on discounted flights.
If you want to see a new angle of our beloved city, check out the assortment of programs online and reserve a flight today. Any Chattanoogan worth his or her salt has spent a few hours staring off the side of a cliff, so why not take the next step and try sailing off of one?
I may join you this week, so just look for the moron flying erratically and yelling for his mother.