Hang Gliding 101
You don't need an airplane to experience the thrill of flying. Kidzworld checks out the the high-adrenaline sport of hang gliding.
Hang Gliding - History
Hang Gliding - We Have Lift Off
Hang gliding pilots rise into the air by taking off from cliffs, mountains, ridges or other high up spots and making use of thermals. Thermals are bubbles or columns of warm air. Thermal lift occurs when the sun heats up the air and causes it to rise. A pilot catches a thermal by circling the warm air, which pushes him or her upward. Thermals can send a hang gliding pilot up to 20,000 feet above the ground!
Hang Gliding - Getting Started
So, you think you're interested in taking to the skies in a hang glider? To begin hang gliding lessons, you have to be at least 12 years old and weigh at least 85 pounds. It's also best to take your lesssons from a certified instructor. When you're just starting out, it's recommended that you only fly from hills that are under 100 feet in height and only fly in mild winds. Hang gliding can be dangerous, so it's important you try the sport with proper supervision using proper equipment. Hang gliding can also be an expensive sport so you're best off taking some lessons and renting gear before asking your parents for a brand new hang glider for your birthday. For more info on hang gliding school in your area, click here.
Hang Gliding - Fun Facts