East Bay Hang Gliding is the San Francisco Bay Area Hang Gliding School for those that wish to fly like a bird with the birds. Our mission is to train the safest pilots in the sky by teaching proper technique and skill that will be utilized for the pilots’ entire career. We use a step-by-step technique that teaches fundamentals in a logical manner. This process is tailored to the individual’s needs. The student will never be held back nor pushed beyond their readiness level.
The Pilot Proficiency Program begins with the Hang 1 rating (H1). A fully qualified H1 rated pilot is allowed to fly off of hills that are of 50ft. A H1 pilot is able to decisively launch the hang glider, fly the hang glider under control on the desired course heading, and land the hang glider in a safe manner.
During the next phase you will be working on your Hang 2 rating (H2). Your training here will begin on the 150ft hill. Here you will experience high altitude flight for the first time, as the ground will disappear from below you and you will be in the expansiveness of the sky. From here you will go to the 300ft hill. Your focus here will be 90° turns, 180° turns, judging conditions on launch, understanding and selecting the correct launch window, developing multiple approach patterns, and flying in winds above 10mph.
At this point your official training period is almost over. You will be cut loose to train on the 300 by yourself! Free advise and help will always be offered to you but you will no longer be paying for official lessons! You will be in the “Self Discovery” period of your training. We will want to see that you are comfortable in the sky, that your confidence is high and that you have a very good grasp of all the principals that have been taught to you up to this point.
When you feel ready… ask to be tested, and we will take you to the 600 ft hill for the first time and let you look down on the San Francisco Bay Area from the altitude of 1200ft! Pass the test and you will be granted your official Hang 2 rating! With your new rating you will be invited up to the 600ft level with other recently graduated students, organize your own days of training, and enjoy this wondrous sense of openness, as you relax into your new found freedom in the sky.