Will I fly during the first class?

How do you steer a hang glider?

How long does it take to learn to fly?

Do I need to buy equipment in order to learn?

What should I bring to class?

Where is the practice hill?

Can I watch a class first?

How safe is hang gliding?

Where can I get more information on hang gliding?

Without a doubt, you will fly during the first class. Classes begin with on flat ground where you learn to lift and handle the glider. Within a short period of time will begin to work on the practice hill. You'll start at the bottom of the hill, and by the end of the day you will be making your way up the sixty-foot practice hill. And if you're itching to fly right off the bat, you can get that immediate gratification by taking a tandem discovery flight with a certified tandem instructor at you side.
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Hang gliders are controlled by shifting the pilot's weight with respect to the glider. Pilots are suspended from a hang strap connected to the glider's frame (hence the name "hang" glider). By moving forward and backward and side to side at the end of this hang strap, the pilot alters the center of gravity of the glider. This then causes the glider to pitch or roll in the direction of the pilot's motion and thus allows both speed control and turning.
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It depends entirely on the student. On average, it takes around twenty flights at the practice hill to become proficient enough to move on to mountain flying. Some students have achieved this in a month, and for others it has taken longer. Regardless of how much time it takes you to become proficient, you will still be having a good time. You will be experiencing flight every day at the practice hill. Before you know it, you'll be setting up for your first mountain flight!
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No. Equipment needed for the class is provided by the school. We provide gliders, harnesses and helmets. We also have a limited number of knee pads for those who want to use them. Students who are taking more than the one day intro class should purchase the official USHGA flight training manual.
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