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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
i hang glide at lookout mt. in north georgia, sequatchie valley in east tennessee, mt nebo and mt magazine in north arkansas, and quest in central florida. i dream of flying off haleakala on maui and various sites in western usa, europe, and new zealand.

if there are any hang gliders on this forum, where are your favorite sites?

keith
memphis
post #2 of 16
My father in law is a pilot. he flys out of Ellenville NY. He just moved to Vermont so he can fly West Rutland.
post #3 of 16
I agree Ellenville is one of the best locations. Also good for paragliding.
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by vail99
I agree Ellenville is one of the best locations. Also good for paragliding.
They have a house w/in walking distance from the LZ. Go Caveman!!!
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
i have not heard of ellenville...have to give it a look. west rutland i have heard about, but not flown....would like to, though.

thanks guys,

keith
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by bluemonkeyglider
i have not heard of ellenville...have to give it a look. west rutland i have heard about, but not flown....would like to, though.

thanks guys,

keith
http://www.snyhgpa.com/
post #7 of 16
When I use to drive from NH down toward the CT boarder there was one "loaf type" mountain ...... the sky would be filled with the kites when the wind was right.

Possibly just south of Hartford.

One little bit of the sail plane pilot in me wanted to try it ... the other (rational part) said .... jumping off a cliff with a party awning ... nah!
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
hi yuki,

actually, i flew sailplanes first about 15 years ago, long enough to learn how. i took up hang gliding 4 years ago and still think about it and plan my trips every time i look up and see fat "coomies" in the sky. for me, there is nothing like the sensation of flying like the birds, prone in the open air with my wing a part of me.

the technology has really taken off <g> in hang glider design, engineering and components. modern hang gliders are rated at 6 g's positive and around 4 g's negative. i fly a wills wing U2 high performance glider that sells for around $4800 and is oh, so sweet. i've soared with red tailed hawks and other raptors, ridge running or flying in formation circiling ever higher in a bodacious thermal while they keep glancing over at me....a natural religious experience!

i fly with ham radio, variometer, altimeter, airspeed indicator, and helmet mounted mp3 player/speakers for listening to bach or foo fighters. a typical flight lasts over an hour and my longest was just over 4 hours.

this month i'm going hang gliding for a week after getting back from a week of big sky skiing.....aaaahhhhhhhhhh...

cheers,

keith

"Work hard, play harder!"

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Originally Posted by Yuki
When I use to drive from NH down toward the CT boarder there was one "loaf type" mountain ...... the sky would be filled with the kites when the wind was right.

Possibly just south of Hartford.

One little bit of the sail plane pilot in me wanted to try it ... the other (rational part) said .... jumping off a cliff with a party awning ... nah!
post #9 of 16
BMG,

That sounds like so much fun. I took about 3 or 4 lessons down at Kitty Hawk, and had thought of selling off my windsurfing gear that I hadn't used in a decade to partially fund a glider. And since I'm only an hour drive from the Shanendoah mountains, I'd have good flying nearby. But it just never happened, and now with 4 kids, and too many other hobbies, it'll probably never happen. But there is an awful lot of appeal to hang gliding. I can imagine the sensation is similar to skiing powder, as far as the one-with-nature part goes.
post #10 of 16
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hi john,

in a word, hang gliding is "sublime".

i highly <g> recommend it and it's not too late to learn, especially with the aerotowing methods available; although i prefer cliff launching over aerotowing. i was 46 when i started lessons....go for it if you have the desire. you won't be sorry.

i wonder if there are any other hang gliders on this forum?

regards,

bmg, aka keith



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Originally Posted by JohnH
BMG,

That sounds like so much fun. I took about 3 or 4 lessons down at Kitty Hawk, and had thought of selling off my windsurfing gear that I hadn't used in a decade to partially fund a glider. And since I'm only an hour drive from the Shanendoah mountains, I'd have good flying nearby. But it just never happened, and now with 4 kids, and too many other hobbies, it'll probably never happen. But there is an awful lot of appeal to hang gliding. I can imagine the sensation is similar to skiing powder, as far as the one-with-nature part goes.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by bluemonkeyglider
hi john,

in a word, hang gliding is "sublime".

i highly <g> recommend it and it's not too late to learn, especially with the aerotowing methods available; although i prefer cliff launching over aerotowing. i was 46 when i started lessons....go for it if you have the desire. you won't be sorry.

i wonder if there are any other hang gliders on this forum?

regards,

bmg, aka keith
My father in law started at 47, so the same range. He is a "hange 3", but has the qualifications for a "hange 4', but has yet to take the test.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
hi phil,

the hang gliding ratings are achieved based upon hours/number of flights and specific skill sets as well as passing written and practical tests under the auspices of the united states hang gliding association. you start out at beginner or "hang 1", novice is "hang 2", intermediate is "hang 3", advanced is "hang 4" and sky god is "hang 5". i'm a "hang 3" rated hang glider pilot and have about 50 more hours before i can qualify for hang 4.

you earn add-on ratings based upon special skills including aerotowing behind a slow flying "tug" ultralight, platform (truck and boat) towing, cliff launch, slope launch, high wind launching, wire crew launching, restricted landing field, etc. i have all of these, btw.

i just turned 51. i white water kayak, scuba dive, ski, water ski, race competition go-karts, do nascar racing courses, and of course, hang glide. hang gliding is better than anything i've done, so far.

my wife has a friend she plays chamber music with, who lives in vermont. i may have an opportunity to fly there someday, and if i do, i would like to meet your father-in-law. if he ever makes it down to the lookout mt. area, tennessee tree toppers sites in the sequatchie valley, or mt. nebo and mt. magazine in the arkansas river valley, he can contact me to show him around. we have great hang gliding sites. send him the tennessee tree topper web page for information on the fun-fly-in xc competition in october: www.treetoppers.net you can click on the "video" tab for some spectacular bird's eye view videos of that site...that's what it looks like to hang glide.

regards,

keith
memphis


Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
My father in law started at 47, so the same range. He is a "hange 3", but has the qualifications for a "hange 4', but has yet to take the test.
post #13 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by bluemonkeyglider
hi phil,

the hang gliding ratings are achieved based upon hours/number of flights and specific skill sets as well as passing written and practical tests under the auspices of the united states hang gliding association. you start out at beginner or "hang 1", novice is "hang 2", intermediate is "hang 3", advanced is "hang 4" and sky god is "hang 5". i'm a "hang 3" rated hang glider pilot and have about 50 more hours before i can qualify for hang 4.

you earn add-on ratings based upon special skills including aerotowing behind a slow flying "tug" ultralight, platform (truck and boat) towing, cliff launch, slope launch, high wind launching, wire crew launching, restricted landing field, etc. i have all of these, btw.

i just turned 51. i white water kayak, scuba dive, ski, water ski, race competition go-karts, do nascar racing courses, and of course, hang glide. hang gliding is better than anything i've done, so far.

my wife has a friend she plays chamber music with, who lives in vermont. i may have an opportunity to fly there someday, and if i do, i would like to meet your father-in-law. if he ever makes it down to the lookout mt. area, tennessee tree toppers sites in the sequatchie valley, or mt. nebo and mt. magazine in the arkansas river valley, he can contact me to show him around. we have great hang gliding sites. send him the tennessee tree topper web page for information on the fun-fly-in xc competition in october: www.treetoppers.net you can click on the "video" tab for some spectacular bird's eye view videos of that site...that's what it looks like to hang glide.

regards,

keith
memphis
There is a HUGE Fly-in at Ellenville every year over Labor day. It is well worth it. Here are some pictures of their LZ, that loacal artist Roger baker did with a tractor:



post #14 of 16
Supposedly the world record for distance was set by a guy to took off of a mountain I go hunting and hiking on all of the time around here. It's called Whiskey Peak, near Jeffrey City, WY. Do any of you know if this is true? I don' t remember where he landed, I'm wanting to say I was told he landed in South Dakota.
post #15 of 16
The hills behind Santa Barbara Ca. Are pretty easy to jump off of.

To the North and the Santa Enez Valley, thermals conspire with ridge to give an all day ride when it's good.

A toss off the South side, over the city and out to the beach gives a double shot at some "cliff lift" to put some spice in the landing.

It's just a place. No facts or figures.

I like stiff wings, they land better in a breeze
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
phil,

very interesting/creative landing zones. i'd love to fly there some day.

last week at lookout mt. georgia, my brother and i towed up to 1500 feet and then thermalled up to 9300 feet AGL (above ground level). this height is very unusual in that area.

week after next i'm headed to central florida for the national cross country hang gliding races (not competing).

keith
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