About Instinct Windsports


Our Mission

Many people have a strong desire and dream to fly freely, and there is certainly no form of flying that is as vivid and pure as hang gliding. Very few people realize, however, that learning the sport is actually no longer that "extreme", but is instead quite attainable for most. We started Instinct Windsports for this reason, to empower everyday people to live their dream of free-flight!

Hang Gliding is:

  • Accessible. Everyday people can confidently and comfortably learn to fly and soar!
  • Affordable. A form of aviation that a person with even a modest income can enjoy!
  • Indescribable. Hang gliding is the purest and most exhilarating form of flying; as close as you can get to flying like superman or soaring like a bird!

Our Goals

  • provide a safe venue for people to learn hang gliding
  • provide a variety of courses to suit the needs of all fledgling pilots
  • provide sales & service of certified equipment
  • have fun while doing the above!

Instructors / Owners

Dowsetts_0.jpegMark Dowsett: By week a mild-mannered mail carrier; by weekend a former competition hang glider pilot who has been flying for over 19 years and holds a number of Canadian records. When he is not tearing up the skies or chillin' with his wife Donna and his son, Mark enjoys a good plate o' sushi.

Ryan Wood: Between helping run an amazing charity (Live Different), snugglin' his 2 little daughters, and testing his wife Michelle's apparently endless patience, Ryan sneaks in time to be an avid pilot. He started flying small planes 15 years ago, but switched to hang gliding shortly after and never looked back! Ryan also loves sushi... All-You-Can-Eat sushi that is... which might explain his need for an extra large glider :-)


SOGAInstinct Windsports is in partnership with SOGA. SOGA is the largest hang gliding club in Ontario and are focused on ensuring there is a place to continue to fly hang gliders in SW-Ontario. The club:

  • manages the airfield we aero-tow from
  • provides its members with the Dragonfly Ultralight that tows us up
  • liaises with Transport Canada on airspace issues
  • liaises with our national association (HPAC)

They support our instructional ventures so we hope you continue to support their efforts once you become a certified pilot.