Vertigo Mile - Closed
SOSA has been offering the VertiGo Mile flight to the general public since 2002. However, due to high demand; significant volunteer effort required to ensure that each passenger gets a top quality experience; combined with the limited availability of qualified pilots: SOSA has opted to only offer VertiGo Mile flights to club members.
Glider Aerobatic Thrill Ride - VertiGo Mile
Your introduction to the world of aerobatics, in the capable hands of our Transport Canada qualified aerobatic glider
Your flight starts with a full briefing. An overview of the flight from pre-flight preparations to launch, manoeuvres and the landing. This is the time for questions no matter how fundamental and you’ll find our pilots full of interesting knowledge and experience.
The glider is the aerobatic SZD 50-3 Puchacz two seat fiberglass plane. It is fully certified by Transport Canada and is our best aerobatic training craft. The canopy is impressive, a clear uninterrupted Perspex, providing a superb view.
The pilot will prepare you for flight with some instruction on the important safety precautions, and parachute use. You will be seated in the front and carefully strapped in with the five point harness system.
With the pilot in the back seat the tow plane is summoned and the ground crew hooks up the two craft with a 200 foot rope. After the pre-launch checks and the all clear signal the take-off commences and both planes are soon flying in formation over the countryside. You’ll see the towns of Cambridge and Hamilton, Lake Ontario and perhaps Toronto in the distance.
Maneuvers from One Mile High
The pilot releases the tow plane and the smooth silent flight is interrupted only by the slipstream and pilot going through the pre-aerobatic checks.
The sequence of maneuvers is set out on the SOSA Aerobatic Intro Sequence below. Each item will be announced by the pilot before the entry. The loops, rolls and stall turns are just magnificent and the G-meter will vary from plus 4 to minus 1. During the inverted flight, you will be hanging from the straps and see the world from this unusual attitude. The sequence continues with some more linked loops and a reverse ½ Cuban 8. Once down to 2500 ft, the pilot will ask you for your favourite maneuver or two and then demonstrates them again pointing out the key points for the maneuver. Below 2,000 feet a couple of wing overs, zero G parabolas and a steep turn will position you nicely for the circuit and landing.
Scott McMaster: Glider Aerobatic
Instructor, Power Aerobatic Instructor, Competition aerobatic pilot. Has been flying aerobatics since 1977.
Andrea Kuciak: Glider Instructor, Glider Aerobatic Instructor. Competition aerobatic pilot, has been flying aerobatics since
Joe Stubbs: Glider Aerobatic Instructor, Competition Aerobatic pilot. Has been flying aerobatics since 1998.