Robert Booth has worked as a full time Hang Gliding instructor since 2011. Since that time he has taught over 600 first day students and taken over 50 students to the Hang 2 level. No other instructor or school, has had this kind of success. Robert has created a new community of pilots that are representing safe techniques and very strong fundamentals. Robert Booth’s, East Bay Hang Gliding, is home of the comprehensive Pilot Proficiency Program. This new type of program is allowing for instructors to be on the training hill almost every day for the beginner students, and allowing instructors to be at mountain sites for those that are ready to venture away from the training hill. This is the first time a program of this level of detail has been undertaken. The existing pilot community has already taken note of the pilots produced by this program and commended them for their team work. The San Francisco Bay Area has now become the premiere spot in the Western United States to learn to hang glide.
“I am excellent at identifying the strengths and weakness of a new student. I can quickly modify that students training program to give him or her the maximum learning benefit for each lesson. This is my strength as an instructor, I am very aware of my students.”
Robert joined the free flight community when he came to Bay Area Hang Gliding in San Francisco a few years ago, and flying soon became his passion. Dedicating his free time to flying, he quickly became a soaring pilot, achieving his Advanced rating within the first year, and then completing the USHPA Instructor program. Gaining knowledge from flying with a lot of very experienced pilots, he realized that being a newer pilot allowed him to translate what he was learning into something his students could easily understand. Robert is mainly a mountain pilot, preferring to thermal at sites like Dunlap and McClure, but occasionally you’ll find him in the smooth air at the San Francisco coast line.
“Seeing pilots progress with the help I was giving them became very rewarding, and it helped me develop a logical step by step process to help teach anyone to fly. Identifying the individual’s strengths and weaknesses, and allowing that individual to excel at his or her own pace is very important.”
“I never dreamed I would be able to fly, and now I am helping others achieve their own dreams of flight. Seeing someone go from their first day on the training hill to their first hour long soaring flight is one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced.”
“I can teach you to soar like a bird, with the birds”