|> Demo Flights|
The Challenger is best experienced in its natural environment - the sky. We are pleased to offer qualified, prospective customers a scenic demonstration flight of approximately one hour in duration that will explore the majority of the flight envelope of the Challenger: including (and respectful of your wishes of course):
Our airplanes are equipped with headsets and a two place intercom so we are in constant communication with you, and you can hear us on the radio to airport and en-route frequencies. We explain what we're going to do before we do it, so there are no surprises, and so you feel comfortable and are aware of what we're about to make the airplane do.
Bring your camera - the view is awesome!
Weather & Other Considerations
While the Challenger is quite at home in rough air, wind, etc., and we're happy to fly in this kind of weather, we generally prefer to do demo flights on calmer days. Calmer air makes the experience that much more enjoyable for you, and for us because we never really know in advance of a flight just how much light airplane experience folks really have. Some folks are just prone to bravado, and only fess up once they have slipped the surly bonds!
So while we're happy to crank and bank in the roughest air, we prefer to do it when there isn't a new flyer in the back seat turning green!
We also won't fly in other conditions we consider dangerous such as intense smoke, extreme heat, thunderstorms in vicinity, etc. and we WON'T fly overweight. So all in all, please call in advance and we'll have a discussion about the viability of getting you up for a demonstration flight.
Demonstration Flight Scheduling and Considerations
This section might seem a bit harsh, and if you're offended, please accept our apologies in advance. We're in the business of selling airplanes, not airplane rides, and we've been at it long enough to know that the words here are legitimately necessary.
We have to drive for almost an hour each way from/to our farm and the airport where we base our aircraft, and we have expenses for airplane fuel, oil, engine overhaul allowance, airplane maintenance, etc. so, please appreciate that our time is very valuable, and we have a very significant investment in our well maintained aircraft. All demonstration flights require a non-refundable deposit on a kit, in advance, before the demonstration flight.
Want to convince us that you're genuinely interested? Put a deposit on a kit, and then ask for a demonstration flight. We were already building our first Challenger long before we ever went for a ride in one.
If Tracy and I are both in attendance, which is often the case, we like to take some high quality digital photos of you in the plane before takeoff, takeoff, landing, and after landing. We'll email these pictures to you. We quite enjoy capturing and preserving what is affectionately known as the Challenger Grin.