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Wallaby Ranch is situated about 20 miles southwest of Orlando in Florida, USA.
The flight park is open year round but is most popular from around October through till the end of April. All flights are made from aerotow using Dragonfly tugs. The tug pilots are all highly experienced hang glider pilots and will drop you in the best lift they can find. Tows are usually to 2,000 ft or best thermal. The cost of each tow is $15. Don't bother to bring a tow release as Wallaby will fit your glider with one of their own.
Directions: From Orlando or the International airport, drive south on the Interstate 4 till the junction with the 27 for Clermont. Drive north on the 27 for about 1.5 miles till you get to the juction of Dean Still Rd. (There's a big Wallgreens pharmacy on this corner). Turn left on Dean Still Rd and go on for about another 1.5 miles. Look for a mail box on the left with some hang gliding stickers on it, Moyes, Laminar, etc. This is it.
Note: if you call the Ranch on (863) 424 0070 in advance they will arrange a pick up for you and your glider at the airport for $30. A cab will cost around $90.
XC potential is high. Cloudbase is usually around 5,000 ft and the lift can be strong, so too can the sink. Pilots frequently make flights to the west coast, around 60 miles. The best XC directions are north or south as there is no airspace to worry about. Orlando airspace starts just east of the ranch at 6,000 ft. Tampa airspace begins 30 miles away to the west at 3,000 ft.
Wallaby will train pilots from beginners using tandem gliders. Tuition flights are $75 per flight and the amount of tuition required depends on student aptitude.
You can rent a glider from around $50 per day if you don't bring your own. Add 50% to this if you take it XC. Any damages must be paid for.
Accomodation and Food:
There isn't a lot to do in the evenings around the ranch. Most people just drive to the local eating places. There are very few bars nearby. The liveliest area close to the ranch is on International Drive, just south of Orlando.
Remember that nothing in life is guaranteed. This also goes for the weather in Florida. You might be lucky and get airborne every day but probably you will be lucky to fly 50-70% of the time. The reason is that if it gets a bit windy, say over 12 mph, then they call it off. In the UK we are used to flying in the teeth of a gale but in Florida they do things a bit differently. The best flying days are nil wind or up to around 12 mph.