Tampa Hang Gliding
Back in the early days of hang gliding, enthusiasts would literally jump off of cliffs to launch their hang glider. Imagine how intimidating that could be for a first-time pilot! But there's no need to panic! Thanks to their early efforts, much safer and technically advanced techniques have gained common practice.
One of the most common methods of Hang Glider training utlizes "bunny" hills. These bunny hills allow the novice to experience hang gliding from a fairly short height above the ground. This type of training entails practice from the bunny hills under a controlled environment with certified instructors. Your instructor will help you become familiar with the equipment you will be using. Then you will practice solo control of the hang glider by flying no higher than 10 to 20 feet in the air. After displaying basic flight knowledge, you and the instructor will embark on your tandem adventure by foot-launching the hang glider from a much steeper hill.
Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. -Douglas Adams
As an alternative, you may choose an Aero-tow high-altitude hang glide lesson. This option is sure to make your cloud-bustin' adventure stress-free and exciting! After some brief general instruction, you'll be fitted into your harness, and you along with the instructor will be elevated by an ultralight plane to 3000 feet in the air!
The plane will then release you, and the sound of the engine fading away will soon be gone. Feel and hear the wind whooshing by you as you gracefully soar along on pillows of air. Your instructor will teach you how to speed up, slow down, and change the direction of your hang glider.
But don't get too involved in steering your hang glider. You wouldn't want to miss the beautiful landscape below you! The stress of everyday life melts away, with not a cubicle or file cabinet in sight! Only the distant hills and treelines, never-ending blue skies, and perhaps an eagle or two. After an exhilarating flight, your instructor will make the final approach for a smooth and soft landing. Your hang gliding adventure is over, but never forgotten!
Powered Hang Gliders
Another thrilling alternative is Powered Hang Gliding! Powered hang gliders are ultra-light aircraft extraordinarily similar to traditional hang gliders. These whimsical flying chariots still feature hang gliding wings and rely on weight-shift operation, but are powered by an engine. Hang gliding purists will be delighted to know that with the engine turned off, these aircraft function exactly like conventional hang gliders, providing hours of breathtaking enjoyment in a wider range of weather conditions. The tandem seating (instructor in front, student in the rear) allows for additional comfort and convenience.