Starting in Phase 2 - Pending
Washington Governor Inslee’s ‘second phase’ reopening for Chelan County is yet to be advised. Aerial will open it's doors as soon as possible. We have prepared some new ‘return to business’ policies described below. Please note that while our paragliding practices are designed to keep our students healthy, sky high and happy, our Covid-19 goal and obligation is to keep everyone – our students, our staff, ranch personnel, friends and family, grocery and gas station clerks, nurses and doctors – healthy.
We will review our Covid-19 practices frequently, updating and hopefully relaxing them as county, state, and federal guidelines and data dictate. We welcome feedback from our students on their experience of these policies. But the policies and their administration are at the sole discretion of Aerial and Ranch staff.
The great advantage of the Ranch is that it is a privately-owned, controlled, well-maintained, healthy, outdoor environment, serving low numbers of vetted customers – possibly the safest place for you to learn to fly.
Our Covid-19 policies and practices:
The use of the bunkhouse will be limited to conducting classroom and offering bathroom facilities.
We have camping sites available. Other accommodation is readily available close by in Cashmere and Leavenworth.
Students and staff must read and sign our Covid-19 Declaration each morning, acknowledging their familiarity with Covid-19 symptoms and both confirming that they themselves are currently symptom-free and have been so for 72 hours prior to arrival, and have had no known contact with anyone who is symptomatic or confirmed positive with Covid-19 in the past 10 days.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; “People with Covid-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have Covid-19:
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
New loss of taste or smell
Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea."
Although these symptoms are not definitive for Covid-19, if you have one or more symptoms, you must postpone your booking and may not enter the Ranch. (You may discuss your health with us if you feel you have a compelling explanation for your symptoms but you cannot arrive without our permission.) If you are already at the Ranch, and notice symptoms – in yourself or even in another – you must convey these concerns with an instructor. If we decide that it’s appropriate for you, or another, to leave, we’ll set aside some clear skies when you or they can safely return.
Each morning we will take the temperature of each student and staff with a forehead thermometer, with test results kept confidential to the staff. In the unlikely event of a higher than normal reading, we will retest before a discussion with the recipient of plausible causes for the elevated temperature.
In the event of any symptom – reported, observed or measured – the instructors, in consultation with the student and the best available medical advice, will determine whether the student may remain flying under observation or must depart the Ranch.
All our activities, in the classroom and on the hill, will be limited to groups of 4 students, plus an instructor.
Students must provide their own personal gear. This includes a mask, personal sanitizer, and gloves (optional). If you have a suitable helmet, we encourage you to bring it to reduce the sharing of equipment. Spare masks kept at the Ranch are reserved for staff, though there may be some available for purchase. No mask, No helmet, No fly.
A number of sanitizing stations will be available by the posted “Covid-19 awareness” signs.
Masks must be worn, covering the mouth and nose at all times around others. This includes when being transported to launch, during the launch sequence, and prior to joining any staff or person in your class.
Social distancing of 6 feet must be observed, in the classroom and on the hill, even when masks are in use. The only exceptions will be during required one-on-one instruction and safety checks that necessitate brief periods of closer proximity.
At your time of booking some additional information will be sent to you by email. This covers other procedures, such as Ranch gate access, car parking, classroom setting, use of bathroom and shower facilities, approved camping locations, late arrivals, power and water access, and a morning paperwork procedure. Let us know if you have any questions about our Covid-19 requirements when you book. Thank you for supporting our changes.
It's time to get outside, and get some air!