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 Gus. At 45, Bruce’s most memorable flight was in Valie de Bravo.
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.
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 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.
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
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
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