Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
77Trip End Feb 14, 2011
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After we were issued harnesses and helmets, we trekked out to the dune from which we would be attempting to glide. The youngest of the three of us was the first to give it a shot, and I was next. Each flight began with me clipping a carabiner on my harness through a primary and secondary loop of webbing on the underside of the glider. I then laid down and let the harness support my weight to ensure that I was suspended at a proper height from the control bar. This procedure is called a "hang check." After the hang check and a quick review of the maneuvers to control the glider, it's time to stand up with the glider and pick a focal point in the distance that is in line with the origin of the wind
Everyone in the group took turns taking two sets of two flights and then a last single flight. It was a very enjoyable experience, and at some point I plan to try a tandem flight from much higher in the air. The instructors were all very highly motivated and seemed to genuinely enjoy teaching us what they knew about hang-gliding and attempting to help us correct our mistakes with each run. As much fun as it was, the experience certainly didn't inspire a ton of confidence in me that I could ever take the contraption and go charging off of a cliff, but who knows?
After the completion of our five flights, each student was presented with a certificate and a log-book that details what skills need to be performed in order to be a certified hang-glider pilot, should we wish to continue.
Once I was back in the parking lot, I spent a few minutes choosing my next destination before heading towards Williamsburg, Virginia.