Learn To Fly

You can fly like a bird, gliding effortlessly high above the ground using your skills to find lifting air to stay aloft for hours at a time, allowing you reach altitudes exceeding 5000 feet above the ground, higher that the clouds, and cross great distances by hopping from cloud to cloud.  You can do this with a foldable wing that you “power” by running down a mountain slope until your feet gently lift you off the ground!  Once airborne you turn in ridge, thermal, or wave lift to stay aloft.  Getting down is typically the easy part and safe pilots always have a chosen landing field safely within glide.

Hang Gliding, Paragliding, or Both?!

What Is Hang Gliding And Paragliding

Many pilots in our club are bi-wingal which means they fly both hang gliders and paragliders.  Most of our sites are flyable by both wing types, though some sites require some hiking which are more accessible by paraglider.  Lighter wind generally favors paragliding, while hang gliders typically prefer stronger wind.

Tandem Discovery Flights

If you’re not sure if you want to learn to fly solo you can take a tandem flight with a certified tandem instructor.  It’s the quickest, easiest way to get in the air and experience flight.  Several of the schools below offer tandem discovery flights.

Schools

Our local hang gliding and paragliding schools utilize training hills and flight parks within 2 hours of DC.

Silver Wings Hang Gliding
http://www.silverwingshanggliding.com/
Hang gliding instructor who teaches at training hills in King George, VA, Smithsburg, MD, and Oregon Ridge Park, MD.

Shenandoah Paragliding
http://shenandoahparagliding.com/
Tandem paragliding instructor based in Woodstock, VA who teaches at training hill near Luray, VA as well as King George, VA.

Blue Sky Hang Gliding
http://www.blueskyhg.com/
Dedicated flight park near Manquin, VA teaching both hang gliding and paragliding via scooter towing and truck towing.