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Lessons

The San Francisco Bay Area is the best place to learn to fly a hang glider. All of our hang gliding lessons take place at Ed Levin County Park in Milpitas, Ca.

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. 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/AUA 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

$150
$150
  • 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/UAU 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/UAU 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/UAU Novice Hang Gliding Written Examination.

Hang Gliding Lesson Video

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