Monthly Archives: January 2009

Valle de Bravo Trip Report

Denny Pistoll sent us some photos and a report on his recent trip to Valle de Bravo, Mexico.

Valle de Bravo, January 10 -18,2009

A small group of us from Lookout made our second annual January trek to Valle de Bravo. Valle (pronounced vi-yay) is a picturesque little village that sits in a mountain valley approximately 100 southwest of Mexico City. Our host, who brilliantly handled all of our equipment and logistical needs, was Jeff Hunt of Fly Mexico. The group consisted of Gordon & Eileen, Zack, Jack & Kim, Bjorn & Cindy, Roger, Denny & Nydia, and Ross Wisdom from New York.
Gordon and EileenOut to dinner
Left to right: Gordon and Eileen on launch, dinner with the group
Our comfortable accommodations were either in Jeff’s club house, which seconded as a convenient gathering place, or in a nearby pension. Cabs were plentiful but virtually everything was accessible by foot; it’s that kind of a town.
ValleJC
Left to right: Valle de Bravo, loading the van
Valle de Bravo is bursting with what I would characterize as old-world charm coupled nicely with modern amenities. It’s charm stems primarily from the fact that it is a Mexican resort andit’s definitely not an American wannabe. Bracketed by two churches, the village has a lakeside setting, cobblestone streets and a busy, well shaded plaza surrounded by vendors of every stripe. Grazing the markets and panaderias for the local food was an unalloyed highlight and in our forays about we found a little taco joint that made THE best tacos… EVER!!!! But all was not foraging as Valle boasts a number of informal but elegant eateries, so there was lots of variety and most certainly something for every taste.
Zack CastilleJC
Left to right: Zack off launch, Jack starting out
Despite it’s southern latitude, Valle’s 5000′ MSL elevation provides a wonderful year-round springtime climate – cool in mornings and evenings but warm during the day – offering up consistently ideal flying conditions.

One day our group split; some flew while others took the opportunity to visit the butterfly preserve. This is the destination of the monarch butterflies who fly from North America to mate and spend a season before returning. Unfortunately, the males don’t make the traveling team as they die shortly after mating. Memo to self: DO NOT attempt this at home!!! The preserve was a worthwhile outing and a fascinating visit.
RogerRoger
Left to right: Roger joining a vulture in a thermal, Roger beaming after his two hour flight
MonarchsKim
Left to right: Monarch butterflies clustered on the trees, Kim on a perfect launch
Although everyone had good flights, the duration and altitude gain honors go hands-down to Zack, Roger, and Gordon who constantly showed us the way. Not everything went without a hitch, however.There was a bent down tube or two, and some approaches that would not make the album of one’s greatest moments in aviation.
Bjorn
Bjorn in flight
Bjorn and CindyNydia and Eileen
Left to right: Bjorn and Cindy, Nydia and Eileen
Valle de Bravo is a wonderful winter flying venue for anyone looking for an opportunity to expand their horizons and experience the warmth of a friendly culture. We all agreed that it is indeed the stuff of tradition and a place we’d love to return.

Denny

A second group of Lookout pilots head to Valle in February.

$30 off Discovery Tandems

Tandem with Rex
Rex flying tandem
Save $30 when you purchase a Discovery Tandem.

Now through February 28, 2009, save $30 off of either the 2000′ or 4000′ Discovery Tandem. All tandem flights are good for two years from the date of purchase, so you just need to purchase the tandem by February 28 to receive this huge savings. Reserve your tandem flight time when its convenient for you.

This offer is good for gift certificates as well. Give the gift of flight, get a group of friends together to experience the joy of free flight, or just come see what hang gliding is all about.

We make it easy for you to get in the air! Call 1-800-688-5637 to take advantage of the sale prices, or you can purchase your tandem on our estore. All questions welcome!

Oh, don’t forget that we’re having a sale on our Learn To Fly lesson packages. Check out the previous post for more details.

And the sale goes on…(save $100)

Ms.Gagnon Launches
A beautiful sight!
Because of the overwhelming responseto our lesson special, we are extending the New Year, New You lesson sale.

Purchase any of our Learn to Fly Packages (VIP, Eagle, Mountain, or Novice Aerotow Packages) by February 1, 2009 and save $100. Check out your options here: Flight Training Packages.Please call 1-800-688-5637 to take advantage of these special prices, or visit our estore.

All lesson packages are good for two years from the date of purchase, so you don’t have to start by February 1. You just need to make the commitment by February 1.

You can do this! Take charge of your life! Put a smile on your face! You will love it!
Test PilotsAngela and Jen
Shiny, Happy Pilots!

Patrick’s off the Mountain

Patrick
Patrick Kennerly
JC
Patrick’s first launch
We’ve got another new pilot! Patrick Kennerley took his first two flights off of the mountain on Monday.

Way to go Patrick!

New Year Lesson Sale

Just a reminder that the New Year New You, $100 off Learn to Fly packages saleends today (Jan 15). Please give me a call today to save $100 off of the Mountain, Eagle or VIP lesson package. Remember, you have two years from the date of purchase to complete your lessons. Call with any questions as well. 1-800-688-5637.