How to Become a Hang Gliding Pilot

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Learn how to fly at the largest hang gliding school in the world at a Kitty Hawk Kites Hang One Camp! In a week, you’ll learn to launch, fly straight and level, land on your feet consistently, and earn your USGHA Hang One rating.


How to Become a Hang Gliding Pilot

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

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.


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.

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