Milpitas, CA for the orientation and Hollister, CA for the hillside lesson.
Year Round; Saturday, Sunday & Monday- 1:00 pm orientation in Milpitas and 3:30pm hillside lesson.
Enter the world of flying with a lesson in hang gliding that will give you a taste of what it's like to soar through the sky!
- Teaching hang gliding lessons since 1973
- Your instructors are USHGA certified and the main instructor is the 2001 U.S. Hang Gliding Association
- Lessons take place on a practice hill which is perfect for learning how to take off and land.
The owner and lead instructor has over 30 years of experience and is a leader in the development of modern hang gliding training standards and the U.S. Hang Gliding Association Instructor Certification Program.
During your 1 hour orientation and ground school, your experienced, USHGA Certified Instructor will teach you the basics of operating the glider and proper safety procedures.
Next you will practice takeoff runs and landings learning what the glider feels like floating over your head as you run along and how to control its actions.
When you and the glider begin to understand each other, it's time to move onto the slope, and really do it - FLY!
No experience necessary. Participants must be at least 5' tall and weigh between 90 and 290 pounds. You will be responsible for your transportation between the orientation in Milpitas and the hillside lesson in Hollister.
1 hour ground school/orientation followed by a 4-5 hour lesson.
Up to 5 per instructor
Allowed, you can watch the participant hang glide.
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the Experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions and closed toed shoes sneakers recommended.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 3-5 days in advance.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Rescheduling is allowed up to 14 days prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 14 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your experience provider
How is the hang glider controlled?
The pilot is suspended in a harness from a pivot point at the center of the glider. Swing your body back and the glider climbs. Move forward and it descends. Shift your weight to the side and the glider banks and turns.
Are gliders heavy?
Gliders range from 40 to 70 pounds. Training gliders are the lightest. They seem awkward at first, but you will soon learn to use the wind to make the glider float over your head, light as a feather. On the training hill, you will use wheels to move them from the landing area back to the takeoff.
What if I'm afraid of heights?
A remarkable number of advanced pilots say they are afraid of heights! Thanks to careful, progressive steps learning to fly, and the security of a good glider and harness, pilots take to the air without any of that feeling you get on the edge.
Is hang gliding safe?
All action sports have elements of risk. Good risk management is the key to safe participation. Hang gliding risk is reduced by the use of good equipment, proper instruction, practiced skills, and good judgment.
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"It was a very fun introduction to hang gliding. We felt safe and supported, and in the small group setting we had a lot of individual attention, so we could each move at our own pace and feel like we were pushing our own limits. Of course we wish we could have had longer, higher flights - but there's a lot to learn about the sport, so we'll just have to go back again later."