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Old 02-02-2009, 03:50 PM
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Default YOU can learn to soar like an eagle ...

You can learn to fly a hang glider right here in our mountain free state. It is best to learn from an experienced USHGA certified instructor. There are different ways you can approach your learning.

You might start out with a tandem discovery flight. You will be towed aloft flying with an instructor and released around 1500 feet above the ground. The towing will be done by an ultra-light or a motorized hang glider. The instructor will handle the launch and landing. During the flight you will have a chance to take the controls and see what it feels like to pilot the hang glider. You are sure to enjoy the view and your first free flight experience.

Your real hands-on learning will begin on flat ground. You will learn to launch a glider using a light tension towing winch. A tow operator will control a winch with a line connected to you and your glider. The first several tows will be short and keep you a few feet above ground. You will be developing launch skills, learning towing procedures, getting a feel for the glider, and working on good landing practices. As your skills improve the tows will be longer and take you a little higher off the ground. After a few days you will be towing up to 300 feet, releasing, setting up a landing approach, and landing the glider on your own.

Winch towing is an efficient way to build experience and learn. In two or three good days at the field you can build up flying experiences that might take months or years if your training is done on a foot launch slope. Imagine carrying a glider up a slope several times on a hot, humid, Ohio summer day. Good exercise to be sure but your air time will accumulate at a snail pace. Along the way you will also learn the important skill of foot launching from hills but in the early days expect to spend your learning time at the towing field.

Hang glider training is currently being done by John Alden at the Wes Jones flying strip. This "field of dreams" free flight park is being developed near the very small town of Darbyville. To locate this on your Ohio map, follow route 71 southwest from Columbus to route 56. Follow route 56 southeast to Darbyville.

Contact John Alden or visit his website:

Last edited by Michal M.; 07-09-2010 at 09:37 AM.


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