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Lessons

The San Francisco Bay Area is the best place to learn to fly a hang glider.

All hang gliding lessons start at 8am and finish around noon.  Our instructors are ready to teach 7 days a week however, weekday classes are typically smaller and easier to get reserved.  All lessons start at 8 am and end around 12 noon. On the day of your lesson, you may want to wear some pants you don’t mind getting dirty and a good pair of running shoes.

During your first lesson you will learn to set up a hang glider, launch, land, and fly above the ground at a safe height.  Each hang gliding lesson lasts about 4 hours and all the equipment is provided for your use.  Read more about what it takes to become a USHPA rated pilot below.

After purchasing your lesson(s), please use our Contact/Reservation page to make your lesson reservation.

 

Hang Gliding Lesson Packages

Pinky Package

$185
$185
  • A Pinky is an unfeathered bird (1-4 days old). This single lesson can be a great introduction to the sport of hang gliding. Be warned, hang gliding can be addicting.

  • Single Weekend Lesson

Nestling Package

$510
$510
  • Nestlings are fully feathered baby birds who are still in the nest. These birds are between 4-14 days old. This package can be use by three friends or take them all yourself.

  • 3 Hang Gliding Lessons

Fledgling Package

$800
$800
  • Fledglings are those birds who are beginning to fledge. This means that they are taking their first flights and are often found hopping around on the ground.

  • 5 Hang Gliding Lessons

Eagle Package

$1500
$1500
  • Eagles (adolescents & adults) can fly out their nest and soar high above the terrain. This package will teach you the skills needed to soar like an Eagle!

  • 10 Hang Gliding Lessons

Weekday Special

$160
$160
  • Now offering weekday lessons! If you are available on weekdays, then so are we. Don't waste your day off sitting on the sofa. Come out and fly with us.

  • Single Weekday Lesson

Steps to becoming a USHPA rated hang glider pilot

The first rating a hang glider pilot can earn is a Beginner Rating.  This level of proficiency takes the average student 3 to 5 lessons to attain.  With this rating (in certain conditions) you will be permitted to fly unassisted from our clubs 50 foot training hill.

A Beginner Rated Pilot must:

  • Demonstrate set up and preflight of glider and harness, to include familiarity with owner’s manual(s).
  • Demonstrate proper ground handling of equipment.
  • With each flight, demonstrate method(s) of establishing that pilot is hooked in just prior to launch.
  • Demonstrate good launching, straight line flying, airspeed recognition/control and proper landing skills.
  • Show ability to recognize and understand how different wind conditions at this site will affect their flights.
  • Demonstration of understanding of the importance of proper breakdown, packing, transportation, and storage of glider.
  • A beginner pilot must pass USHPA Hang Gliding Beginner written exam.

The second rating a hang glider pilot can earn is a Novice Rating.  This level of proficiency takes the average student another 3 to 5 lessons to attain.  With this rating (in certain conditions) you will be permitted to fly unassisted from our clubs 300 foot training hill.

A Novice Rated Pilot must:

  • Demonstrate set-up and preflight of glider, harness, and reserve parachute.
  • Give a reliable analysis of general conditions of the site and self; and flight plan including flight path, areas to avoid in relation to the wind flow, and obstacles to stay clear of.
  • With each flight, demonstrate method of establishing that pilot is hooked in just prior to launch.
  • Demonstrate successful, aggressive, confident launches on a slope shallower than 4:1 with less than 6 mph wind.
  • Demonstrate successful, aggressive, confident launches, where wind is at least 15°cross to straight in wind not exceeding 5 mph.
  • Demonstrate flight with smooth variation in airspeed, from above minimum sink to fast flight, while maintaining a heading.
  • Demonstrate flight showing ability to comfortably and precisely slow the glider to minimum sink and smoothly increase to normal airspeed while maintaining a heading. The pilot should not mush or stall the glider. These maneuvers should be practiced and observed with a minimum of 75 feet AGL in smooth conditions.
  • While in preferred flying position, demonstrate flight(s) along a planned path alternating “S” turns of at least 90°change in heading. Flight heading need not exceed 45°from straight into wind. Turns must be smooth with controlled airspeed, ending in safe, stand-up landings on a heading.
  • Demonstrate 180 turns in both directions, and at various speeds and bank angles.
  • Demonstrate three consecutive landings that average less than 100′ from a target, safely, smoothly, on feet and into the wind. The target must be sufficiently close to launch such that turns are required to set up an approach and avoid over-flying the target. The target should be at least 100′ below the launch point.
  • Demonstrate smooth entry to and exit from flying position without changes in pitch and roll.
  • While in preferred flying position, demonstrate flight with smooth variation in airspeed, from above minimum sink to fast flight, while maintaining a heading.
  • While in preferred flying position,demonstrate flight showing ability to comfortably and precisely slow the glider to minimum sink and smoothly increase airspeed to normal while maintaining a heading. The pilot should not mush or stall the glider. These maneuvers should be practiced and observed with a minimum of 75 feet AGL in smooth conditions.
  • Must pass the USHPA Novice Hang Gliding Written Examination.

Hang Gliding Lesson Video

How to take off, fly and land a hang glider in San Francisco.