hanggliding

We are providing Hanggliding lessons in all aspects of this exciting sport.

Hanggliding is the nearest we can get to flying like a bird. Flying face down, with the wing above you, letting the movement of your body steer you around the sky – the feeling is exhilarating and unique.

You will not find a more dedicated & professional team of pilots to teach you to fly.

Hang gliders fly faster, climb better and have the best glide characteristics of all the free flight disciplines. Although slightly more demanding to learn, they allow pilots to fly in a wider range of wind and weather conditions than paragliders.
Modern hang gliders launch from winches, and aerotow behind microlights as well as flying from hills. If you want to enjoy the freedom of the skies, then hang gliding is for you – come and learn hang gliding in Cloudbase Flying Club.


Hang Gliding Courses

Cloudbase Airsports Club offer the widest range of hang gliding courses of any school in Philippines. Your hang gliding lessons will be close to the Rizal using the most efficient and progressive method available. You will be taught by a highly experienced instructor in the art of flying a hang glider. Once you have got the hang of turning and speed control, you will commencing your first solo flights. Once we have taught you to hanggliding, conversion to hill or powered hang gliding is a straightforward step.

Whether you are an experienced paraglider or microlight pilot wishing to convert to hang gliding, a lapsed hang glider pilot feeling rusty, or a complete beginner, you can train at your own speed, a day at a time, weekends or weekdays, or come for longer periods to progress more quickly.

 

Entry Course:

  • 3 days course
  • Classroom – Theories for flying & hanggliding
  • Ground handling
  • Simulation practice
  • Take off and landing practice

Regular Course:

  • 10 days course
  • 3 to 5 days on Higher Hills practicing directional control in preparation for your first Solo Flights
  • Flying on 50~100 meter height and repaet flying
  • Classroom – Theories Seminar 2 for flying & hanggliding
  • Use of all equipment and transport to the flying sites

 

When you take up the sport seriously one thing you will need besides your newly learnt skills, a great hang gliding sites and suitable weather conditions is equipment. We have a complete quiver of gliders which have been selected for your rate of advancement. From the Airborne FUN series glider to the Intermediate / Recreation gliders.
Used equipment is also available, which is fully inspected and test flown. We will take the time to ensure that we provide the best gear for your budget and needs.


FAQ

  • What is hang gliding?
    Hang gliding is sport flying in a light weight glider which can be launched by running down a hill.
  • How do you control a hang glider?
    The most common type of hang glider is controlled by shifting of the pilot’s weight. Pulling your body to the left makes the glider turn left, pulling your body forward makes the glider speed up, etc. Some hang gliders have moveable control surfaces like an airplane
  • How do you take off?
    The most common way to launch is to pick up the glider and run down a slope until the glider has enough speed to fly at which point it lifts you away from the ground. Hang gliders can also be towed aloft, either by a truck or car, by a boat, by a winch or by an ultralight airplane.
  • What happens if the wind stops?
    Flight in a glider does not depend on the wind, and gliders can be flown when there is no wind at all. Flight in any winged aircraft does depend on what we call “relative wind” which is the movement of the air over the wings, or, from another perspective, the movement of the wings through the air. It is this “relative wind” or air movement over the wings which creates the “lift” that supports an aircraft against the pull of gravity.
  • Is it hard to hold on?
    You don’t have to hold on to remain attached to the glider. In the most common type of hang glider, the pilot is securely supported in a harness, which is then attached to the central balance point of the wing. You hang in this harness (hence “hang gliding”) within a triangular “control bar.” You hold on to the “base tube” of this triangular bar in flight, to give you a place to push and pull against to shift your weight in order to control the glider.
  • How long can you stay up?
    It depends on your skill and on the weather conditions on that day. On a good day, a reasonably skilled pilot can stay up for as long as he or she wants to. On some days, even the best pilots will only manage a flight of a few minutes duration.
  • Do you need a license?
    In Australia, the answers is yes. Hang gliders come within the Federal Aviation body CASA but allow the sport to govern itself. The national body is the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia. Training programs may be conducted at approved facilities through out Australia. In other countries, other regulations apply.
  • How do you learn to fly?
    Under the guidance of a competent instructor, just like you would learn to fly an airplane. Many hang gliding instructors offer “dual” instruction, where the instructor is with you in a specially designed two place hang glider. Your first solo flights are normally made from a small, shallow slope, where you will get just a few feet off the ground for just a few seconds on each flight. As you learn and practice proper techniques for take-off, landing, and speed control and steering control you will move up to higher and higher launch points for longer and longer flights.
  • How hard is it to learn hang gliding?
    The learning of the physical skills is roughly comparable to learning other physical skills such as riding a bicycle or snow skiing or water skiing. In addition, a pilot needs to learn at least some basics about weather, and the aerodynamic principles of flight.
  • Is it very physically demanding to fly hang gliders?
    That depends. A skilled pilot can fly a hang glider in mild weather conditions with very little physical exertion. A day on the training hill for a new student, or a long soaring flight in strong weather conditions for an advanced pilot, can be pretty tiring experiences. To a large extent, you can adjust the way you choose to participate in hang gliding to fit your physical abilities. For launching, the basic requirement is the ability to lift and balance the glider on your shoulders, and run down a slope with it at a moderate jogging speed.