This area will assist you in coordinating waivers and memberships, flight lessons, book study, equipment ordering, exam submissions and rating processing. OHGS students may self enroll.

  • There are ten areas that all successful hang glider pilots begin to address at the beginning of their flying career. Most students are not ready to adopt the lifestyle requirements of avid pilots. They learn, through the requirements of the sport to make changes, in a gradual way till almost all the ten areas have been addressed. The only reason they do this is because they love flying very much, they have genuine commitment to perfecting the art form. This section will provide a grand strategy toward this end by providing checklists. Prerequisites

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  • These are the steps students need to take in order to get a achieve all the objectives of the Step one phase of the OHGSuccess curriculum. The number of lessons will vary between 4-6 depending on the student. The most important thing is have regular schedule of lessons even if its one consistent lesson a month. Also make sure you can run and sprint short multiple short distances with a long stride length (a little outside training really helps). If you make lesson availability a priority; and show some persistence and faith in yourself and the instructor's method of instilling fundamental ground running skills, you will get rewarded a more rapid progression later.  The ability to keep wings level, while not being entirely weight loaded in the glider  is a major milestone in flying proficiency. Things literally begin to take off when that happens!

  • These are the steps students need to take in order to get a achieve all the objectives of the Step Two phase of the OHGSuccess curriculum. The number of lessons will vary between 4-5 depending on the student. We have learned how to keep wings level and are solidly flying higher, but our sensitivity to airspeed needs to be honed, especially on landing. We must have a couple more launching tricks up our sleeve too. Our ability to ground handle must be solid. Also, we are beginning to depend more on flaring so require more effective body positioning. We are naturally becoming more aware of risks so we must, more formally study risk management in prepartion for the years of learning ahead of us. By the end of this step you will take official USHPA Hang One exam.

  • Now that we developed solid straight and level launching and landing skills, we will now concentrate on turning. Turning involves knowing the lag time in roll in response to effective weight shifts; understanding the consequences of loss of lift in turns; and safety ground clearance. You will be exposed to more wind and be able ground handle that much more efficiently.  We will practice a new kind of launch technique called the diving launch used on steeper ramps. The dive into round-out will be established so that ground skim is done in control and provides an opportunity for flaring. When you consistently judge the proper turnpoint to get on a landing line and spot then we can move onto to the next stage - the mountains.

  • This area will assist you in all the requirements of the Step Four phase of the OHGSuccess curriculum. You made it. You are well prepared for your first altitude flight. You will be introduced flying prone and parachute care, maintenance and emergency use. You will practice body and hand positioning during flight phases, perform slow and fast flight, 180 and 360 degree turns,how to perform safe soaring attempt passes with use of variometer and eyes, recognize weather conditions that match your skill level and practice those all important landing approaches. But, most importantly, you will learn patience as we wait for the perfect conditions for which you to soar. After this last phase, you will be qualified to be mentored or sponsored by veteren pilots for some months as you consolidate your safety habits.

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