The Tennessee Tree Toppers welcome you to Henson
Please observe all USHPA and TTT rules and site
As a Tree Topper member, you may take advantage
of this beautiful site, the clubhouse and facilities.
Glide to LZ
Henson Flight Clearance
You must be a Tennessee Tree Topper Member in good standing and a
current USHPA member before flying any TTT sites. You can
become a TTT member by completing a Membership Application and
paying your dues. Membership Applications are available at the
Henson Gap membership station located beside the clubhouse.
You have two options for submitting this form. Please follow the
application instructions carefully.
1. Complete this form on-site and ask a TTT Board of Directors
member to sign as your witness. Place the application and your dues
payment in an envelope and drop in the Henson Gap lock box. Your
membership becomes effective immediately.
2. Complete this form, have any adult sign as a witness, and mail it
with your membership dues payment to: Tennessee Tree Toppers P.O.
Box 1286 Dunlap, TN 37327. Your membership will become effective
ONLY when the TTT has received and processed your application
minimum Hang 2 rating with mountain
experience at a different site is required before flying at Henson
Gap. Tandem and First Mountain Flights from Henson Gap are
prohibited unless supervised by a TTT approved USHPA certified
instructor. Pilots showing intent to fly at Henson Gap without
sufficient experience and/or supervision are subject to citation.
You must also read and understand the Flight Regulatory Program
before flying TTT sites. The FRP is available at the Henson Gap
sign-up station, the Whitwell Bulletin Board, and on-line at
begin the launch too far back. Go at least to the red line.
This is an acceptable starting point for a launch run even in no
wind conditions. The flat portion of the decking is not the launch ramp, it is the bridge to the actual launch ramp which begins at the red line. The bridge is there to enable the pilot to reach the launch ramp, which is positioned as far out into the vertical airflow as possible. If the pilot attempts to launch from behind the red line, especially in windy conditions, when they reach the red line on the ramp they will suddenly enter the vertical airflow and this can cause a nose pop, stall, or blown launch. All Hang II and first mountain pilots must have
someone in the LZ before launching. Use side wiremen in winds over
8 mph, and use a keel person in winds over 12 mph. In these conditions,
it is especially important to launch from forward of the red line.
Print out the TTT Board of Directors
page for a ready directory of wire crew who may be close and
available if you ask real nice. Your chances of successfully
rounding up a wire crew will be much higher among the "949" prefixes.
Land in the field north of Davis Loop and
south of Henson Gap Road. The first photo below is the view approaching
from the direction of launch. This field slopes upward toward launch
in its southern corner, illustrated by a downhill white arrow across
two parallel yellow bands in the second photo (view from directly
above). It is fairly level in its western corner bordered by large
electric transmission lines (NW) and Davis Loop (SW). This is the
primary target area, illustrated by the green band. From here the
field slopes down to the north, along a fall line that divides the
field (yellow band with white downhill arrows), to a big flat bottom
comprising the majority of area. Although the narrow green band
will be used by many pilots in a strong north cross, the wide flat
bottom area may be easier to negotiate in these conditions. Mr.
Woerner also allows use of his bowl field across Davis Loop, offering
another good option in this direction.
Again, the yellow band indicates a sloping
area of the field and white arrows point downhill. Please take your
trash with you, and keep your speed down to 15 mph when driving
past the homes surrounding the LZ.
Cross Country Tips
Excellent for ridge running, great for
out and returns. Flights to Lookout Mountain may be accomplished
by following the ridge to Powells Crossroads and jumping over the
back (second deviation from southern XC route from Henson's in picture).
Be careful. This is a very challenging route. Directly over the
back will put you in Chattanooga and very close to controlled air
Another recently preferable route narrowly
avoids Lovell Field's airspace. It follows the ridge line
all the way to Inman Point then across the Tennessee River at Nickajack
Lake to the area where I-24 cuts through Walden's Ridge/Sand Mountain
at the Haletown exit (Big Daddy's).
It is the southerly most route to Lookout on the
topo map at left. There are acceptable fields along the river here
and at Haletown if you sink out, but you must make it across the
river. Once across you'll notice a southeasterly string of nice
fields leading across this narrow area of the platea directly into
the Lookout Valley. These appear as white patches along a line between
Nickajack Lake, New Home, and New England on the topographical
map you can view at TopoZone.
Look for Covenant College, Burkhalter Gap, and the LMFP shop buildings
on Lookout for landmarks. If you follow the fields to leave Sand
Mountain in the area of a small cove where large power lines ascend
the mountain, Lookout Mountain Flight Park is right across the valley.
Do not get caught too far back in the gaps
on westerly days, unless you are sure you can make it to a safe
Directions to launch from Dunlap
Proceed north on Hwy 127 through Dunlap. Turn right onto Hwy 111
South (toward Chattanooga) north of Dunlap. Proceed past East Valley
Road exit (which may be taken to LZ: right after exit, left at Davis
Chapel/East Valley Baptist Church) and up the mountain. Notice beautiful
view on right. Exit right onto Lewis Chapel Road. Take first right.
Left at T onto Poe Road/Henson Gap Road (unmarked). Take first right
onto Window Rock Road (Bowman Road) and proceed about 1.7 miles
to TTT entrance on right marked by painted rock. If you don't know
the combination to the lock, contact a neighbor.
Directions to launch from Chattanooga
Take Hwy 27 north. After paralleling Walden's Ridge (the other side
of which Henson's is on), passing the Hwy 153/Chickamauga Dam Exit,
the town of Soddy Daisy, the Sequoyah Exit, and crossing part of
the lake, exit left onto Hwy 111 North toward Dunlap. Climb mountain.
Notice beautiful view on right. Proceed across plateau. Exit right
then turn left onto Lewis Chapel Road. Follow "Directions to
launch from Dunlap" from this point (Lewis Chapel Road).
Directions to LZ from launch
After leaving TTT driveway, turn left. Go to the end of Window Rock
Road and turn left. Follow Henson's Gap Road about down the mountain
and look for Davis Loop on left immediately at the bottom. Follow
around until you reach the LZ. Please consider the locals and drive
slowly past their houses. To proceed to the TTT LZ Shady Bottom
Breakdown area, continue past Davis Loop until you see the pull-out
on the left just past the sweetgum thicket. It is directly across
Henson Gap Road from Graham Road on the right. Park in the grassy
area behind the brush line and ditch. The TTT Rock Bottom creekside
picnic area is also accessible from here.