Learn to fly Hang Gliders with Kite Enterprises

Kite Enterprises teaches hang gliding and paragliding on the weekends, using the Scooter Tow stationary winch. Classes usually start at 8 AM or 9 AM depending on the time of year and the weather, and are conducted primarily at Indian Creek Flight Park about 40 miles north-east of Dallas at Nobility, Texas. See directions on the lessons page.

A single 4-5 hour lesson is $225.

The Intro Package is $350, and consists of an introductory ground school and 2 lessons. In these lessons, you will learn the basics of setting up a hang glider, preflighting the glider and putting on the harness. You will learn the basics of ground handling and launching the glider. You will complete at least 6 close-to-the-ground hang glider flights under tow with the scooter tow system.

The Novice package price is $1750 (including the $350 for the intro package) for up to 12 hang glider lessons. This package is planned to bring a student to a novice rating. The novice rating, also called the HANG 2 is considered to be the minimum rating necessary for a pilot to fly on his own without direct supervision of an instructor.

Equipment requirements:

For the first lesson, a student is expect to show up in long pants, jeans are fine, and running shoes or lightweight hiking boots. All flying gear will be supplied. We will also have drinking water. It is recommended that you bring food as the lesson will require a lot of energy.

As the student progresses, he/she is expected to start acquiring flying gear. A harness with a reserve parachute will be necessary for the student's first high flights in thermalling conditions. It is also very valuable for the student to finish training on his/her own glider.

Lessons will be primarily via Scooter Tow, but at least one lesson will be from a mountain flying site. Buffalo Mountain in Southeastern Oklahoma is the site most often used for the student's first mountain flights. Fees related to flying at these sites will be the responsibility of the student.

Classes will meet behind the Southwest Soaring building in the trailer parking lot.

Lessons are by appointment. The Student should call 972-390-9090 to make an appointment for a lesson. Students will also be expected to call 972-390-9090, (press 4) around 10:30 PM on the night before the lesson or before 7 AM on the morning of the lesson to determine if weather conditions such as rain or strong winds will cause the lesson to be postponed. A message should be left on the voice mail so we will know you have called.

 

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For more information, call 972-390-9090 or email to Dave Broyles