I became interested in flying in 1994. I kept it in the back
my mind for some time, meeting a pilot here or there. One day
when riding my bike, I came across a place where people were hang
gliding. I went into the airport and had a talk with the
there. They told what it would take to learn to
decided then and there to do it and made arrangements to start the
following weekend and have flown ever since. And so went my
This is a photo of my first solo flight. it was a beautiful
summer evening and the air was smooth as glass. People kept
asking me if I was afraid and I kept telling them no. I
to feel some fear, but it never came, I was ready. The flight
so smooth and the glider agile. Probably had something to do
being without 230 pounds of ballast otherwise known as my
instructor. When I turned, the glider went with me without
hesitation. I was flying about 1400 feet above a road and saw
cyclist below. I thought, "What a great night for a bike
ride" Thought the better of it and said, "Nah!"
The endless fields of Wisconsin into the distance. One good
about flying in farm country is that if you have to land away from the
airport, there are landing spots galore.
Not all gliding is done by running off a mountain. We do
called aerotowing where you get towed up by a specialized
ultralight. This was taken by the ultralight pilot and shows
being towed about 300 feet behind. You can see the tow lines
you look closely. See the videos below for more on aerotowing.
This is how you take off for aerotowing. Your glider sits in
and the tow plane pulls you along the ground until you rise up from the
cart. You take the cart with you for a foot or two and then
and off you go. In this photo, the lines are being prepared
attaching to the harness (sleeping bag-like thing we fly in) and glider.
The two photos above were also taken by the ultralight pilot.
I'll be getting some new photos for this season, so come again some
you're interested in flying in the mid-west, whether it be to learn to
fly solo or just try it out in a tandem flight with an instructor, give
Whitewater Hang Gliding Club
a call. Talk to Fay at (407)
361-4209, they're good folks. You can take lessons to learn
on your own or if you just want to take a one-time flight on a tandem
glider, the Whitewater Club
can take care of you. The middle video on the lower row shows
Moose on a tandem.
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