Leaning to fly
A few facts to temp you:
Hang gliding is exhilarating and exciting but once professionally trained to fly a modern glider the risks are comparable to horse riding or skiing. The gliders themselves are extremely strong - tested to a minimum of 6G where as a commercial airliner's wings will creak a bit at only 3G (not to worry though unless your pilot decides to complete a loop on your next trip to the Canaries!)
I have personally been flying and teaching since 1978.
The pilot controls the aircraft by moving their body weight under the wing thereby altering the speed or banking to produce a turn. It has a natural feel to it - move left and you turn left.
The glider is easily stored and transported in its packed form that weighs about 50lb and is 12ft in length. It takes about 10 minutes to rig and check before it is ready to fly.
All about gliders
JUST DO IT
In the beginning there was doubt, a few steps down the hill later there was light and lighter until there was flight - taking off on a hang glider is as easy as that! "Just keep running until your feet leave the ground" are probably the most important words your instructor will say to you on your first day. (First day - mpegs / jpegs story)
Have a peek at the Peak.
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