Hang glide instruction is available for men and women 18 years old and above.
All new students who have no previous hang gliding experience are required to read over a special ground school page before their first flight class. This ground school provides the student with information about the history of hang gliding; the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association; basic aerodynamics of how a hang glider flies; instruction on how to control it; basic micro-meteorological information related to hang gliding; and flight class scheduling.
Flight class instruction is offered during weekends weather permitting year round. Classes require a minimum of two students and generally have 2 - 5 students. The site chosen for a class is determined by the wind direction and is a gradual sloping grassy hill with a large landing area. These training sites are located in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania and travel time from Arlington is 1:10 to 2:00+ hours. Classes last all day with the students usually meeting at the Arlington location at 9:00 AM or at the training site depending on where you live. Students meeting at my Arlington location then carpool to the training site. Return is between 7- 9:00 PM. Your first flight class is $140 including ground school and the use of equipment for the entire day. Future flight classes are $130. Payment by cash or check.
Upon arriving at the training site, gliders are assembled by the instructor and students with preflight inspection by the instructor. We try to give each student at least 5 supervised flight attempts depending on the weather and the student's physical ability. Students sometimes get over 10 flight attempts during a class.
Flight class checkin procedure: This is usually accomplished via email the evening before your class.