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 Airpark 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. It consists of an introductory ground school and 2
lessons. In these lessons, you will learn parachute landing falls, (PLFs), the
basics of laying out a paraglider, preflighting the paraglider and putting on
the harness. You will learn the basics of ground handling and kiting the canopy
overhead. You will complete three close to the ground paraglider flights under
tow with the scooter tow system.
The Novice package price is $1750 for up to 12 lessons. This package is planned
to bring a student to a novice rating. The novice rating, also called the PARA 2
is considered to be the minimum rating necessary for a pilot to fly on his own
without direct supervision of an instructor. The $350 cost of the Intro Package is
rolled into the cost of the Novice package.
For the first lesson, The paraglider student is expect to show up in long pants
(jeans are fine), and running shoes or lightweight hiking boots and have a pair
of light leather gloves. All flying gear will be supplied.
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 slope flying site. Murcheson Middle School in Austin is the site most often
used for the student's first slope flights. Fees related to flying at
these sites will be the responsibility of the student.
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) the evening before the lesson or before 7 AM on the morning of the
lesson to determine the weather conditions, 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. A lesson will not be scheduled unless the student
confirms that he/she will attend. Students who fail to show for confirmed
lessons will be charged for an extra day of instruction.