• Frequently Asked Questions

    What is included for guests?

    Guests get everything that the pilots get except for survival kits and airplane time. Each trip is a little different but there is always something fun for the guests to do. A huge part of the value of these trips is the lectures and personalities that we bring. Guests can attend all the lectures, the signal mirror exercises, the fire-starting workshops, life raft deployment. Guests have access to the food and beverages and the accommodations are included. On the Island Trip guests can walk into town for sight-seeing and shopping. The Mountain Trip is the most rugged and the least conducive to bringing guests. The Canyon Trip is beautiful. There is hiking and perhaps the most luxurious accommodations of any of the trips. We've found that most guests find the survival training portion of the trip fascinating and enjoy being a part of the group.

    Do guests get to fly with us?

    If you’re a private owner and the weight and balance work, your guest is welcome to fly with you. However, if you’re a renter it may not be possible. We have a CFI and one other renter in the airplane; your guest would most likely have to remain at basecamp. Please keep in mind that we often have multiple guests on any given trip, the cooking staff, and some ground operations, people. So we don’t think your guest would be lonely for a lack of company.

    How much flying time do I get?

    If you are renting with us, all the trips start in San Carlos. As a result of the trip out to the location and back, you get more flying time on the island and canyons trip than with the Mountain trip. With the Mountain trip, you can expect to get somewhere between 4-8 hours of PIC time, whereas on the Canyon and Island trips you can expect 10-15 hours of PIC time. There’s also a lot of learning time as you ride in the backseat while your airplane partner is flying.

    Are there showers / a place to charge phones?

    Yes, on all the trips there are showers and places to charge your phones. The Mountain trip is the only one that is a camping trip, but even in that case, we have a small base camp with a shower house and electricity. That’s where our chef sets up for food service and the glider operations has a small base. For the Island trip we rent out an entire property with multiple buildings, a whirlpool, and a sauna. It’s a whole house property and all indoors with electricity and running water. The Canyons trip is similar.

    Do I get a private room?

    Probably not. Each trip is a little different. The mountain trip is a camping trip, the island trip uses bunk style dormitories, and the canyons trip has you in a small villa with one partner. There are some private rooms on the island trip and If you sign up as a couple, we allocate the private rooms to you first. There are only about 4-5 private rooms and once those sell out we can’t guarantee anything. So sign up first and let us know you're a couple!

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