Meet Our Instructors
Vice President of Recreation, Hang Gliding Instructor, Flight School Manager, United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association Instructor Administrator and Regional Director
Bruce has been a hang gliding instructor since 1987 and has shepherded over 250 instructors through Kitty Hawk Kites Flight School. He taught his dad, wife and two sons how to fly. Bruce is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a degree in Marketing and Spanish and a concentration in rugby. Bruce comes from a baseball background in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and has a dog named Happy. At 45, Bruce’s most memorable flight was in Valie de Bravo.
Hang Gliding Instructor, Flight School Assistant Manager, Flight School Instructor Trainer
Andy has been a hang gliding instructor since 1991 and has taught hang gliding in California and North Carolina. He was the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association’s Instructor of the Year in 2011. Andy was a competitive swimmer at East Carolina University where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. Andy is a musician and certified tax practitioner from Indianapolis, Indiana and has a dog named Tornado. At 43, his most memorable flight was at Marina Beach, California.
Lead Hang Gliding Instructor/Paragliding Instructor/Powered Paragliding Instructor, Flight School Captain, United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association Instructor Administrator
Mike has been a hang gliding instructor since 2007 and has taught over 3,000 students how to fly. Mike was 2013 Flight School Employee of the Year and comes from Ellicot City, Maryland with a background in ski racing. Mike is the 2nd tallest instructor at Kitty Hawk Kites, standing tall at 6’5. At 25, Mike’s most memorable flight as in Lake Hartwell, Georgia.
Flight Park Manager, Master rated pilot, Hang gliding instructor, tandem instructor. Administrator for tandem, Aerotow, platform and static launch. Private pilot, tug pilot, FAA Flight Instructor and Examiner, USHPA mentor
Hang glider pilot since 1975, an instructor since 1977. Jon is a member of the US National Sport Class Hang Gliding Team. Sport Class Champion 2013 Santa Cruz Flats competition, 4th place 2013 US National Championship . Va. AAU State Gymnastic Champion 1964-1965.From Tennesse, Outer banks resident since 1974. Jon has flown over 9,000 safe solo and tandem flights.
Assistant Manager at Morningside Flight Park, Lead Hang Gliding Instructor, Tandem Hang Gliding Instructor, Private Pilot, Tow Pilot
Eric has been a hang gliding instructor since 2009 and is the Assistant Manager at Morningside Flight Park in Charlestown, New Hampshire (link to Morningside). Eric started flying with his father 2004 and later taught his brother. Eric is an artist with a degree in Communications and Design. From Provo, Utah, Eric has designed and built his own surf boards. At 28, his most memorable flight was at Horse Heaven, Utah.
Lead Hang Gliding Instructor/Paragliding Instructor
Alex has been hang gliding since 2011 and was the 2013 Spark Award winner for his positivity and unbridled enthusiasm and passion for flying, teaching and life. Alex comes from Wautoma, Wisconsin with a wrestling and motocross background and a degree in Marketing. Alex is a Packers fan and a brewmaster. At 25, Alex’s most memorable flight was at Point of the Mountain, Utah.
Flight School Captain, Lead Hang Gliding Instructor, Adventure/Marketing Coordinator at Morningside Flight Park
Paul has been a hang gliding instructor since 2010 and was Instructor of the year 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2014 Paul is assisting Kitty Hawk Kites at Morningside Flight Park in Charlestown, NH (link to Morningside). As one of three Mazzoni brothers who have taught at Kitty Hawk Kites, Paul is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Philosophy and English. From Durham, North Carolina, Paul has logged over 7,000 miles as a cross country runner before appearing in a major motion picture. At 22, his most memorable flight was in Slide Mountain, Nevada.
Josh “Safety” Laufer
Hang Gliding Instructor, Private Pilot
Josh has been a hang gliding pilot since 2008. Josh teaches at Morningside Flight Park in Charlestown, NH (link to Morningside) in the summer and in Nags Head during the winter. Josh is a graduate of Emery Riddle Aeronautical University where he was the President of University Hang Gliding Club where he earned his nickname “Safety” for his diligent adherence to safety regulations. From Santa Cruz, California, Josh rides a unicycle and has two cats name Bella and Luna. At 23, his most memorable flight was in West Rutland, Vermont.
Hang Gliding Instructor
Robert has been a hang gliding instructor since 2013 and has already taught over 400 students how to fly. Robert grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he excelled in rugby and physical training and is also a Rugby Coach. A funny fact about Robert is he didn’t wear long pants until he was in the 10th grade. At 21, his most memorable flight was in Currituck, North Carolina.
Hang Gliding Activities
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.
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
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