Hang Gliding – How to Become a Pilot
starting at $399
- 3 Lesson Aero-Tow Pkg
- 3 2000' Aero-tow Tandem Lessons
- available April - September
- Hang I Training Pkg
- 6 Dune Lessons
- available all year
- Hang I Camp
- Week of Dune Lessons + Lodging
- 3 camps offered annually
- Hang II Training Pkg
- 15 2000' Aero-tow Tandem Lessons
- available April - September
- Accelerated Hang II Pkg
- $4,000 value!
- dune training available all year
- tandem training available Apr - Sept
Gift Certificates Available
Give the gift of flight with a pilot training package!
Hang Gliding – Become a Pilot
Want to become a pilot? With 40 years of experience, Kitty Hawk Kites specializes in developing new pilots for the Hang Gliding and Paragliding communities. Whether you have zero experience or you need to work on your spot landings, the instructors at Kitty Hawk Kites can help you achieve your goal. Kitty Hawk Kites boasts training facilities ideal locations in North Carolina and New Hampshire for becoming a pilot.
The Goal: “Hang I”
- Starter Packages Available
- Comprehensive Hang 1 Training Packages Available
- Hang 1/Para 1 Camps with Lodging Available
Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head, NC offers consistent winds and safe training conditions year round. The soft sand provides a forgiving environment, which is ideal for practicing your launches and landings. With a temperate climate your training begins when it’s convenient for you! Kitty Hawk Kites also conducts concentrated week-long Hang 1 Camps for students that want to condense that training. You may be surprised how achievable a Hang 1 or a Para 1 rating actually can be…it’s definitely within your grasp!
Aero-towing Training & Hang II Certification
The Goal: “Hang II” with an aero-tow rating
- 3-Lesson Starter Package Available
- 15-Lesson Aero-tow Package Available
- Accelerated Hang 2 Package Available
Continue your progress to becoming a full fledged hang gliding pilot with our state of the art aero-towing program. After mastering your launches and landings at the Dunes your instruction transitions to altitude training. Our instructors tow up with you in a tandem hang glider behind a lite-sport aircraft called a Dragonfly. Your instructor teaches you 1 on 1 while you master your understanding and proficiency of altitude flying. We will teach you how to coordinate turns, fly efficiently and set up your downwind, base and final approach among other topics.
Kitty Hawk Kites is excited to offer a Para 1 camp at the Outer Banks on Jockey’s Ridge this Spring in 2017.
We’re teaching a 4-Person Paragliding Camp this Spring! Become a pilot!
- April 30 – May 7, 2017
- $1199 per person
- Includes Lodging
- All instruction, gear and educational materials are included during the week long camp
- Lessons will be conducted daily
Kitty Hawk Kites is not actively teaching Paragliding in NC. If you’re interested in Paragliding, we encourage you to check out the instruction at Morningside Flight Park in New Hampshire (operated by Kitty Hawk Kites). You can also call our Flight School at Jockey’s Ridge State Park to get more information about potential Beginner Camps/Clinics available. You can reach the Flight School at (252) 441-2426.
Morningside Flight Park – New Hampshire
Up north and want to become a pilot? Morningside is a phenomenal, self-contained training facility with a rich history of Hang Gliding and Paragliding dating back to 1974. Kitty Hawk Kites has been fortunate to take over operations in 2011. This park has got it all. Complete with a 0-150′ grassy hill launch this site is great for students working on their beginner Hang 1 and Para 1 ratings. The 250′ and 450′ launches combined with the airstrip for aero-towing and scooter towing provide a diverse setting for Novice Training. Each year Morningside graduates a number of well-trained H2 & P2 pilots that are ready to begin their careers as mountain pilots. Kitty Hawk Kites is very proud and excited of what Morningside has to offer.
Ask us about how you can get more information on Morningside Flight Park today!
For more information, call Morningside Directly at (603) 542-4416.
Specialized Hang Gliding Clinics
For more information, call the Hang Gliding School (252) 441-2426.
Launching & Landing Clinics
This half-day clinic offers the perfect opportunity to practice and refine your launching and landing techniques under the direct guidance of a USHPA certified instructor. Kitty Hawk Kites offers the best location in the country to practice these techniques.
Instructor Certification Program (ICP)
If you have an Intermediate Hang III rating, First Aid and CPR certification and the desire to teach hang gliding you are eligible to attend the ICP. This program includes courses covering all aspects of teaching from philosophy to flying techniques. A certified ICP Administrator directly supervises all ICPs.
Instructional Aero-towing Clinic
Once you’ve earned your Hang III rating, you can learn all the ‘ins and outs’ of aero-towing and thermalling hang gliders. This clinic includes ground school instruction, two tandem flights to 2,000 feet and two solo tows to 2,000 with radio supervision.
Advanced Hang Gliding Mountain Clinic
After earning your Novice (Hang II) rating and gained some additional flight time, you’re ready to launch from a mountain. Kitty Hawk Kites can take you there through one of our mountain clinics. Our instructors will guide you through this exhilarating experience. These clinics can generate hours of air time while providing the enjoyment of the company of other pilots. You’ll enjoy a lifetime of memorable fire-side adventure stories. Prices vary depending upon the size of the group and duration of stay; these clinics are designed for experienced pilots.
Hang Gliding Activities
Kitty Hawk Kites operates the largest hang gliding school in the world located in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Whether you decide to try a Dune Hang Gliding Lesson or a Tandem lesson to 2000′, hang gliding with Kitty Hawk Kites is an experience you will never forget! Individual Options: Demo Hang Gliding Lesson…
Lessons & Packages
Hang Gliding at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head is an Outer Banks must! Take a Beginner Lesson with us and learn how to fly a Hang Glider on your first lesson. Each lesson is about 3 hours long and includes Ground School and 5 solo training flights. Reserve your spot today!
$99 - $109
Experience one beginner dune lesson at our Jockey’s Ridge location and one tandem aero-tow hang gliding lesson to 2000 feet at one of our parks.
The tandem hang gliding lesson is perfect for thrill seekers who want to get an overall perspective of hang gliding with a bird’s eye view of the coast line above Currituck sound on the Outer Banks. No experience necessary and this sky high hang gliding lesson is handicapped accessible.
This is the ultimate tandem hang gliding tow, 5280 feet! The tandem lesson is the most state-of-the-art training available, and perfect for students who want to get an overall perspective of hang gliding