Look no further for hang gliding instruction in the Pacific Northwest. We are the only
actively teaching school in the whole region including all the major cities of Portland,
Beaverton, Eugene, and Medford. But we also have a passion to make your dreams
come true. Our purpose, focus and meaning is to make you successful if you are willing to follow
the program. Of course, the ability to fly thousands of feet above our regulated mountain launch
sites and fly hundreds of miles is well worth the time, expense and effort of learning.
Becoming a self reliant and independent hang glider pilot is an altogether different goal
than a one time first experience. As challenges escalate your skill level must rise with the challenges. As skills
custom fit you with the best and safest Wills Wing gliders, High Energy Sports harnesses and parachutes, Flytec variometers, and Yaseu
Vertex Radios. Hang Gliding is challenging and requires discipline but we are with you every step of the way. It is much
like beginning canoeing versus "class four" kayaking - the incremental training, equipment, and experiences all are integral
to your success.
Our expert USHPA certified instructors make sure that proficiencies match nature's challenges. Eventually, you earn the "hang II rating" required
by the government and by our professional association.
Successful training requires approximately 100 ground skimming and mid-level (from 50-100 feet) flights
to attain the necessary motor skill proficiency as defined by the Hang II rating set forth by
the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. This works out to approximately 10 flights
per lesson day. A lesson is defined by 7-12 flights since repetition is
what matters to skill development. At this point, a student is akin to a new driver on a busy highway -
- there is basic skill but limited judgment regarding very complex high altitude situations. Thus, lessons 11-14
teaches the strategic and judgment skills required for safe and practical recreational hang gliding. That is the minimum
skill for a new pilot to be accepted for continuing mentorship by the community of experienced and avid pilots.