If you are thinking of buying a cheap, used hang glider to practice with before taking your training, so you can save money on lessons; think again. Here is how it works:
You find an instructor by going to ushpa.aero. Click on "learn to fly" and you will find a list of schools and a list of indiviual instructors. You can contact anyone on these lists directly to arrange for lessons.
The school or instructor will have all the equipment (glider, harness, helmet, radios, wheels) needed for your training. You need not buy anything (except the training manual) to learn to fly. Use of all the gear is included in the lesson price.
It is very important to have an instructor guiding you from your first run on the training hill. Flying is not intuitive for humans. We were not meant to fly. It takes serious effort to learn something that is so un-natural for us. At best, you will inculcate bad habits. At worst, you will break a very important bone, so instead of gaining the freedom of flight; you might lose the freedom of walking.
By definition, a teacher is one who has knowledge of a subject, and can impart it to others. By logic, if you have no knowledge of the subject then you are not a teacher and cannot teach yourself. You can learn some things by trial and error. I strongly advise against learning to fly by trial and error. While the trials are free, the errors can be costly, painful, crippling or fatal.
No one tries to learn on their own, mainly because doctors charge a lot more than hang gliding instructors.
See Red's website for futher advice on learning to fly hang gliders.
|Altair Predator 142, Carbon fiber airframe, Kevlar/Mylar leading edge cloth, stock Finsterwalder aluminum airfoil downtubes, advanced-rated high-performance HGMA-ceritfied wing. This it the glider that (in the hands of Paris Williams, Dave Sharp, Revo and others) won many XC races against topless gliders. Also, John Heiney won the World Aerobatics Championship and set a loop record on a stock Predator 142. This one has always been properly stored inside. Great condition, Bottom side wires just replaced. For pilot weighing 140 - 230 pounds. youtube video of this glider flying Located in San Francisco area. Seller says "It's the best glider I've ever owned". A steal at $1200. Call Leifor Thor at 415-933-5842. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wills Wing HP 1 1/2, This is the first no-keel pocket high-performance double-surface glider from Wills. Lots of contests were won and records set on this glider. It is HGMA certifed. Kingpost hang system. The airframe is 6061-T6. 170 square feet of sail area. For a big pilot from 180-250. Manual available online. Located in North Ogden Utah. $250 OBO No shipping. Local pick-up only. Call Michelle at 801-528-2165.|
|UP TRX 160, This is one of two gliders made in this color scheme. Known as the "Wonder Woman" gliders, World Aerobatics Champion Ron Young looped one of them into oblivion. This is the other one still in good condtion. I took this HG centerspread picture on one of them when it was brandy new. I believe one of the rear leading edge spars was removed to repair another glider. The TRX was one of the sweetest-flying high performance gliders ever designed, so you'll not only have a super-sweet glider to fly, but a classic (long-lost) custom sail to show off. It would be a steal at $700 if you can talk Michelle into selling it for that, especially if you have an old TRX frame lying around so you can replace that outboard leading edge. Located in North Ogden Utah. No shipping. Local pick-up only. Call Michelle at 801-528-2165.|
|UP TRX 140, This is the ledendary first carbon fiber airframe glider from UP International. 8:1 aspect ratio, advanced-rated high-performance glider from the 1990s. For an intermediate to advanced pilot weighing 120-220 pounds. Excellent sink-rate, very good glide ratio, excellent handling. This is the first design (front haul-back) manufactured in 1990 - 1992. It has been well taken care of and in dry storage. This glider has only 20 hours on it. It is clean and in excellent condition. Rib chart and manual included. $1100.|
|Seedwings Sensor 210, Classic single-surface glider designed by Bob Trampenau. Located in North Ogden Utah. No shipping. Local pick-up only. Call Michelle at 801-528-2165 and make an offer.|
|UP Comet 185 An oldy-but-a-goody. This is a very clean expample of the original large-size Comet. Light blue bottom surface, gold top front and a white trailing edge. 50 hours. No tears in the sail. A few minor scuffs. Both uprights un-bent. New spare upright included. Inspected, test-flown, nearly-new condition. For an advanced-rated pilot weighing 200-270 pounds. I did a complete inspection, re-assembly, detailing and test flight on this glider. $1390.|
|Aeros" XCountry" harness This is a single-suspension point pod in good condition with options. Fits a larger pilot around 5' 10". One or two inches either way might still work. Internal storage container, steel carabiner, in-flight adjustable pitch angle. Adjustable leg loops. A new one like this would cost more than $1000. It has a reserve with kevlar bridle. No other info on the chute. $440 (includes shipping within the USA) Call Michelle at 801-528-2165.
|Glider Rack for the FJ Cruiser Front and rear uprights. The rear rack plugs into the stock hitch receiver on the FJ Cruiser. The front rack receiver is missing and needs to have one fabricated. Racks are uphostered with 1/2" thick foam and black vinyl material. Complete with strap stops to keep the straps from slipping off the ends. $300 for both. The Thule roof racks (pictured) also available $120|
|Nico-press Tool Excellent condition, Little used, This is the original one by National Telephone Supply Company, Carry pouch included. $150 plus $25 shipping.|
|Compleate Wills Wing HP-AT rib set, used, good condition, $225 plus shipping|
|TRX 160 Sail, Well used, but still has some hours left in it. White black-diamond mylar leading edge cloth. Tip Fairings included. These are the rare, original fiberglass and foam units that are lighter than the later plastic ones. $300.|
|I need a 185 or 205 Dream for teaching. Please call or E-mail me if you have a Dream that you do not need anymore. Thanks.|