Frequently Asked Questions

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Intro Session (13)

Believe it or not, it's possible to come out to our 'Intro Session' with ZERO knowledge of hang gliding or flying in general and we will SAFELY get your feet off the ground. We use a modified scooter to tow you and a trainer glider just a few feet off of the ground. It's all done with certified instructors and calm conditions (next to no wind) - if you can jump off of a bench, you can do this! These intro sessions are perfect if you want to try it first before committing to our complete Certification Courses and they are also a great social activity to bring a group out.

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There are different sized gliders for pilots of all sizes. For the Intro Sessions, the gliders we use have the widest weight-range of any glider. The pilot needs to be within 100 and 265 pounds.

For tandems, the weight limit of the passenger is 230 pounds - this is a load limitation of our tandem gliders. Even with the passenger being 180lbs or above, stronger winds (above 20km/h) are usually needed to slow our forward progress while climbing under tow. Weights of passengers can be a sensitive issue but it's a safety concern for both pilot and passenger - please don't be offended if we have to cancel and/or reschedule your tandem flights but it's usually a matter of logistics - finding the right combination of glider, pilot and wind conditions.

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See here. these aren't necessarily our scooter-tow winch but are various winches used in other areas

There is a great video of Scooter Towing here. It's more suited to convincing schools to use the scooter-tow method but it's a great overview for any potential pilot/student.

....and YouTube of course! :)

Following is a Youtube playlist with many videos of our towing, from first-timers to experienced students:

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Not much really. We design the Intro Session to be as easy as possible for anyone to pop out and experience. It's meant to be a social thing for groups to come out and explore what modern hang gliding is all about.

We start with a briefing on how hang gliders work and an overview of the equipment we'll be using - everything from the glider, harness & helmet to the scooter winch that will get you airborne. We'll then spend the rest of the session on the glider taking tows and getting you off the ground and towards living your dreams of free-flying.

Make sure you check out the What do I need to Bring/Wear FAQ

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You need to bring:

  • sunglasses or eyewear
  • sturdy shoes
  • long pants if you are doing the Intro/Discovery Session
  • sunscreen
  • water & food
  • payment (exact cash on location or prepay with Paypal)
  • jacket - even in the summer it gets cool up at altitude...at least bring a wind-breaker to keep the wind off of your arms

We provide:

  • all the gear - helmet, harness, glider, etc
  • all the fun you can handle!
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Since this is a first-day introduction with no prior experience, you'll never get higher than your willing to jump from...so no higher than 5 or 6 feet. And with the glider above you, it'd be like jumping from a picnic table at worst. This is the way we keep risks to you to a minimum.

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Normal session are 3-4 hours including briefing.

We are limited usually by the wind. Once the wind picks up, it becomes less safe to tow first-timers so we are keen to start as early as we can. We can also do evening courses once the winds die down (if they do) but forecasting when and if the winds die down isn't easy.

But if you have enjoyed your intro session, you can stick around and go for a tandem flight!

It varies...it's pretty weather dependent. We try to get each student pilot 3-4 flights and we can usually pick the proper days that we know the weather will cooperate. Our goal is to have you flying to the end of the line by the end of your first session.

We don't offer any refunds, however will resume your lesson at another time if weather doesn't cooperate or stops it short. If you register for a session and don't cancel within 24 hours and we can't fill the spot, no refund will be given. If you cancel before 24 hours of the session, you can rebook for any other session.

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You don't necessarily have to be physically fit. Once you become proficient, it doesn't take much effort to hang glide.

You're suspended in the harness by your centre-of-gravity on your body so in calm conditions, you barely have to even hold onto the bar. This allows you to relax and enjoy the flight even more.

As long as you are a coordinated person, fly the right-sized equipment for you and in flying conditions suitable for your level of experience most fitness levels are suitable.

Here is a picture of the trainer glider we use on the Intro/Discovery Sessions. The guy is holding it up with ONE-HAND! There is a light breeze that is picking up the glider but it shows how easy it is to handle these trainer gliders.

Minors (under the age of 18) need parental consent. It usually more of a question of weight and maturity.

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We have a state-of-the-art tension controlled hydraulic winch, in addition to a 'scooter-tow' which is the industry standard method of instruction to introduce people to getting in the air...even with no prior instruction.

The scooter is ideal for pulling a trainer glider into the air and keep it at only a few feet off the ground. The trainer glider is a state-of-the-art, modern, super-easy-to-fly glider designed for first timers to fly. It's light and easy to handle, flies incredibly slow and very difficult to turn - perfect for first-timers. Coupled with your certified, experienced instructor operating the winch ready to release tow pressure at a moment's notice, it's a very controlled environment.

It really is fun to float along the ground....even veteran hang glider pilots enjoy taking a scooter tow. They never had it this easy when they learned!

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Check the home page as we can usually schedule these well enough ahead of time. Space is usually limited so you usually need to Register and pre-pay for a session. We want to ensure those that come out enough turns on the glider before conditions change.

We need next-to-no-wind for these sessions so they are usually at dawn (yes...6AM in the middle of summer) and as we approach sunset. Evening sessions are desirable as we can wait for the winds to die down but the morning sessions in the uber-calm air are the best....you just have to be there nice and early before the sun starts warming up the ground which starts an undesirable breeze which often shuts down the session for the morning.

Be sure to subscribe to our Intro Discovery Session Notifications for our session notification emails

Please check out our contact us page for our current flying site information: http://instinct.pro/contact

We also post our location with an interactive map for customized driving directions on every session we schedule.

Certification Courses (5)

If you know you want to learn to hang glide solo, these are the things you need to know. We have all the gear to teach so you just have to sign up to our Certification Courses and away we go!

There is a great video of Scooter Towing here. It's more suited to convincing schools to use the scooter-tow method but it's a great overview for any potential pilot/student.

....and YouTube of course! :)

Following is a Youtube playlist with many videos of our towing, from first-timers to experienced students:

Our Novice Course is our most popular option for students. Essentially, we include all the training, equipment, exams and books that you need, and we will work with you until you pass your Novice written and flying skill tests. We get you to the point that you become a confident and capable full hang glider pilot who is ready to fly recreationally and start racking up some serious airtime!

Please check out our contact us page for our current flying site information: http://instinct.pro/contact

We also post our location with an interactive map for customized driving directions on every session we schedule.

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A student can start their Novice course at anytime. We are out at the field almost every nice weekend, and many good weekday evenings when sunlight and weather allow. We do the in-class portion of the courses year-round as demand arises.

In-class sizes range from 4-8 students and then on-glider sessions depends on the equipment and instructors we have on hand.

To keep abreast of when our next courses are, watch the calendar or subscribe to the various newsletters.

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You don't necessarily have to be physically fit. Once you become proficient, it doesn't take much effort to hang glide.

You're suspended in the harness by your centre-of-gravity on your body so in calm conditions, you barely have to even hold onto the bar. This allows you to relax and enjoy the flight even more.

As long as you are a coordinated person, fly the right-sized equipment for you and in flying conditions suitable for your level of experience most fitness levels are suitable.

Here is a picture of the trainer glider we use on the Intro/Discovery Sessions. The guy is holding it up with ONE-HAND! There is a light breeze that is picking up the glider but it shows how easy it is to handle these trainer gliders.

Tandem (10)

Get a taste of what hang gliding is all about without having to do a thing! Come for a tandem where you go two-in-a-glider and all you have to do is relax and enjoy the view.

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There are different sized gliders for pilots of all sizes. For the Intro Sessions, the gliders we use have the widest weight-range of any glider. The pilot needs to be within 100 and 265 pounds.

For tandems, the weight limit of the passenger is 230 pounds - this is a load limitation of our tandem gliders. Even with the passenger being 180lbs or above, stronger winds (above 20km/h) are usually needed to slow our forward progress while climbing under tow. Weights of passengers can be a sensitive issue but it's a safety concern for both pilot and passenger - please don't be offended if we have to cancel and/or reschedule your tandem flights but it's usually a matter of logistics - finding the right combination of glider, pilot and wind conditions.

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We use our state of the art high-powered winch to tow us up. The winch is designed specifically to tow hang gliders. It's how we tow up the tandem flights as well as how our students pilots get in the air for high flights, and it is the safest method of launching a hang glider. The rapid climb it creates is also very exhilarating!

You take about a 10 minute tow up to about 1500' above the ground where you then release the line and you are free! The ride up is as fun as the ride down. The flight is then about 10 minutes or so before you are back on terra-firma.

You don't even land or launch on your feet! You use the hang glider's wheels to roll in so you don't even have to worry about stumbling on landing!

Your tandem pilot needs to be pilot-in-command while taking off and landing but once you get to altitude, if you're up for it, the controls can be handed over to you and you can experience first hand how to control the hang glider. Your tandem pilot is right there to teach and correct your mistakes.

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You need to bring:

  • sunglasses or eyewear
  • sturdy shoes
  • long pants if you are doing the Intro/Discovery Session
  • sunscreen
  • water & food
  • payment (exact cash on location or prepay with Paypal)
  • jacket - even in the summer it gets cool up at altitude...at least bring a wind-breaker to keep the wind off of your arms

We provide:

  • all the gear - helmet, harness, glider, etc
  • all the fun you can handle!
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Hang gliding is for the kid in all of us! From 8 to 88!

For kids, it's more of an issue of size (over 100lbs), maturity and if they are under 18, they'll need their parent present to sign consent.

For the 'older-kids'...all you have to do is lie there and enjoy the ride. As long as you are healthy and willing, come on out! You even take-off and land on wheels so you don't have to worry about running a step!

Please check out our contact us page for our current flying site information: http://instinct.pro/contact

We also post our location with an interactive map for customized driving directions on every session we schedule.

Tows are usually about 1500' or more above-ground-level....that's the height of the CN Tower deck! That will give you about a 10-15 minute flight including the tow up to your release altitude. Flights are extended if the conditions bring thermal lift strong enough for the tandem to stay airborne.

Weather & time permitting. None of us do this full-time but we get out there as often as we can. Any nice weekend, we're there, in addition to many nice weekday evenings. Be sure to subscribe to our Tandem Notifications in case we zip out at the last minute and you wish to join us.

Or season starts as soon as the snow melts and the fields are dry. And the season goes until there is too much snow to access the field!

You don't need any physical strength at all to do a tandem. You're strapped in your own harness suspended to the glider right along-side your tandem pilot in charge. You wrap your arms around the pilot (just so you move along with the pilot, not to stay in/on the glider!) and enjoy the ride!

Minors (under the age of 18) need parental consent. It usually more of a question of weight and maturity.

General (9)
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The ultimate soaring game is Condor Soaring Simulator, which is actually a sailplane (glider) game, but can teach a great deal about soaring to hang glider pilots. Micro Flight is also a good simulator.

One we've really enjoyed is FlightClub - it's a free java game online. It's actually quite realistic for cross-country (XC) flying.

Find it here

Yes. If you're signed off to tow, we'll tow you as high as we can. Tow heights are anywhere from 500' to 3000' depending on the winds and are $10 a tow.

You have to have your HPAC insurance.

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We have what is likely the best hydraulic winch in world and it is custom built for towing hang gliders and paragliders. Both Mark and Ryan are advanced paraglider pilots, but we are focusing more on hang gliding training at the moment as we feel it is a much better choice for flying in Ontario. Please contact us to find out more about towing paragliders.

If you are an experienced PG tow operator, we'd be keen on hearing from you.

To be able to tow on our winch you would need HPAC insurance. Cost of a tow is $10 per tow.

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"Depends". :) (seriously...that is an option)

It's not easy, but possible to perform the 'aerial-whiz'. But it's best to follow your parents' age-old advice, "go before we leave".

In decent soaring conditions we can go cross-country. You find a thermal and climb in it as high as you can and then venture off in search of your next thermal. You can't see them so this is where experience comes into play.

The World Record for distance covered in a single flight is just over 700km's! It took him over 10 hours to do it...no landings, no pit-stops. This happened in Texas.

The Canadian record is 330km achieved in Alberta. The Ontario record is 202km.

As long as you can find lift, you can stay up as long as you want.

Thermal lift is obviously dependent on heat so it's limited to day-light hours but ridge-lift can continue on indefinitely. Ridge-lift is when the wind blows up the side of a hillside and deflects the air vertically - the hang glider gets in that and up it goes! A long time ago a pilot in Hawaii stayed airborne 30 hours by riding the sea-breeze coming in. He would adjust his speed and hover close to the ground and people on the ground would hand him drinks and something to eat.

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We have a state-of-the-art tension controlled hydraulic winch, in addition to a 'scooter-tow' which is the industry standard method of instruction to introduce people to getting in the air...even with no prior instruction.

The scooter is ideal for pulling a trainer glider into the air and keep it at only a few feet off the ground. The trainer glider is a state-of-the-art, modern, super-easy-to-fly glider designed for first timers to fly. It's light and easy to handle, flies incredibly slow and very difficult to turn - perfect for first-timers. Coupled with your certified, experienced instructor operating the winch ready to release tow pressure at a moment's notice, it's a very controlled environment.

It really is fun to float along the ground....even veteran hang glider pilots enjoy taking a scooter tow. They never had it this easy when they learned!

Please check out our contact us page for our current flying site information: http://instinct.pro/contact

We also post our location with an interactive map for customized driving directions on every session we schedule.

Minors (under the age of 18) need parental consent. It usually more of a question of weight and maturity.