Tandem Hang Gliding
Cotton Gin Flight Flight Park || May – September
Currituck County Airport* || March, April & October
Now flying at Michael J Smith Airport – Beaufort, NC
*availability can be limited on the shoulder season months
Fly to altitudes of 2,000 feet or higher with a certified instructor from one of our Currituck County flight parks. The views of Currituck Sound, the ocean, and the surrounding countryside are breathtaking from these altitudes.
Once released from the tow plane, the only sounds are from you, the instructor and the wind flowing around you. These elements, combined with stalls, dives and turns, are sure to make tandem hang gliding the most exciting and memorable experience of your stay on the Outer Banks.
In tandem hang gliding, the student and instructor are hooked into the glider together. The glider is designed specifically for tandems with a larger wing area for more lift and tricycle landing gear to simplify take offs and landings. An ultralight plane tows you to altitude, the glider is released, then you and your instructor glide back to the airport where you land like a plane.
No prior hang gliding experience necessary!
Please Note: As of July 1st, 2016 per our insurance requirements the minimum age to tandem hang glide is 10 years old.
2000 Foot Tandem Hang Gliding
(~10-15 min flight)
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 with a bird’s eye view of the coastline above the Currituck Sound. Minimum Age: 10 Years old
Mile High Tandem Hang Gliding
(~25-30 min flight)
This is the ultimate tandem hang gliding tow at 5,280 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. Minimum Age: 10 Years Old
We offer Tandem Hang Gliding Lessons seasonally at 2 locations on the Currituck County mainland. Our 2 flight park locations are approximately 30-45 minutes drive from Kitty Hawk and just a little over an hour’s drive from VA Beach.
The Ultimate Hang Gliding Experience: Become a Pilot
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 diverse training facilities in North Carolina and New Hampshire that are ideal locations for learning and honing your skills as a pilot. We hope that you’ll come learn to fly with us soon!
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
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
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