Hang Gliding

Did You Know?

Most early glider designs did not ensure safe flight; the problem was that early flight pioneers did not sufficiently understand the underlying principles that made a bird's wing work.

There are two basic forms of hang gliders, flex wings and rigid wings.

During the last part of the nineteenth century, Otto Lilienthal, a German engineer, made over 2,000 successful flights on weight shift hang gliders.

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What to Expect

What to Expect

Expect to be awed from start to finish. Hang gliding is an air sport in which a pilot flies a light and unmotorized foot-launchable aircraft called a hang glider. Launch techniques include foot-launching from a hill, tow-launching from a ground-based tow system, aerotowing (behind a powered aircraft), powered harnesses, and being towed up by a boat.

Visit www.ushpa.aero for more information on hang gliding, safety, and to find a qualified instructor!

Gear Up!

Gear Up!

The basic equipment for hang gliding consists of the glider itself, the harness and a helmet.
In addition, some pilots have instruments and an emergency reserve parachute.
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What to Wear

Clothing will depend on the season. Layering is generally recommended. Close-fitting tops and bottoms are best, to minimize any bunching when you put on the harness provided by your instructor.

Helmets are always recommended and generally required.
You Might See...

You Might See…

You will see the world below you at about 4,000 to 6,000 feet. You will also probably see some birds and a plane or two. Make sure to wave!


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