STARTING NOVEMBER 16: The flight lesson programs will be discontinued for the winter months, and will resume in the Spring, towards the end of March. For the students who are still in training from this (2012) season... we will try to accommodate you until the snow flies!
How do I sign up for a Hang Gliding lesson ?
All equipment and necessary items needed for the lessons are provided by Fly High during your lesson(s).
To schedule a lesson to learn to Hang Glide solo, simply call 845-800-8208 for an appointment approximately one week in advance. Bryon Estes, the flight school manager will assist you. (see more information about Bryon below) PHONE CALL IS PREFERRED, but as a second form of contact, Bryon's e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Additionally, you can call the main number, 845-744-3317 for general questions and information.
What is actually involved in Lesson #1?
Lessons start at 9:00 A.M. sharp, and will last roughly until 1:00-4:00 P.M., depending on class size and wind conditions.
On day one we give you a (out at the hill) lecture on the basics you'll need (theory, weather, safety & practical).... after which you practice running with the glider on flat ground. After you master flat ground runs, you hang in a Hang Gliding simulator we have out at the hill, where you learn turns and speed control.
The balance of the day is spent getting short , actual solo flights off of our training hill (about 100' tall). By the end of the day.... you will know how to launch, fly & land a Hang Glider at the training hill! In certain wind conditions we may teach you to fly with a towing system, which works great and offers nice, long flights.
What happens AFTER Lesson #1?
When you come back for more instruction (after your first lesson day), we have you arrive about 1.5 hrs after the morning lessons start, and you harness up, and fly, while the day's class continues. We charge an hourly rate of $25/hour for continued education. (we don't have "packages") We have found that people progress at very different rates, depending on frequency of lessons, aptitude, and weather. As you progress... we add height, windier conditions, flight tasks and towing... until you are ready to solo off the mountain...
What does Fly High Hang Gliding have to offer?
Beginner Courses (also see lesson prices link on home-page!)
Hang Gliding: First Solo Lesson.............................$180.00
Follow Up Lessons (per hour) ....... $25.00
Prices are subject to change without notice.
Fly High Hang Gliding Inc.
Paul Voight - Owner, Instructor, Retail Coordinator
* Awarded U.S. Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR: 2007 *
Paul started Flying in 1972 and opened FHHG in 1984. Since the beginning, Paul has maintained customer loyalty through excellent service and personal involvement. As a former Vice President of the USHGA, Paul has donated his time and services consistently, to help insure the sport of hang gliding continues to grow.
Paul specializes in advanced instruction when Fly High's students graduate to mountain flying. Here is where.... with radio communication, students learn to fly high altitude flights, and land in the field below Ellenville mountain's launch.
" I enjoy taking the time to help each individual customer learn to fly safely. Once there is an interest in owning their own glider and flight gear.... and progressing to mountain solo flights.... I carefully assist them in selecting the best equipment to suit their abilities. This equipment selection will help keep them safe and enjoy the sport. Once I get the word from the instructors at the training hill that the student is ready to fly high........ I take over and help them become fully competent mountain pilots "
Flight School Manager: Bryon Estes
FLASH!! BRYON ESTES IS AWARDED U.S.H.P.A INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR 2010 !!!
To schedule a lesson.... call Bryon Estes @ 845-800-8208
Bryon began learning to hang glide at age 14 first flying a Falcon 170, then moving in succession thru the Sport 167, Ultrasport 147, RamAir 154 and currently flys a Talon 2 155. He has flown in New York, Conn, New Hampshire, Vermont, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Tennesee. He holds the current record for XC from Randall airport in New York. He is now only 25 and has been flying for 11 years, almost half of his life.
Bryon is rated for instruction, tandem, areo-tow, platform tow, Cross Country, restricted landing field, Cliff launches and several other minor ratings. Prior to the LSA ruling, he was also a rated tug pilot (youngest in the country at 19 years and 5 months old.
Bryon has decided to dedicate his life to the advancement of hang gliding and follows thru with this commitment by teaching and flying in all seasons and locations that he can. He is out with Fly High's students everyday that is flyable from early morning to (often) sunset. His students like and understand him and are encouraged to follow his lead. You would hard pressed to find a more dedicated instructor.
For Tandem flights.....
Tandems flights are offered by a group called "Hangar 3" in Middletown N.Y.
For Tandem Flight Questions contact Tom Atkins @ 917-270-5669
or go to http://www.hangar3.net/
Tandem Pilot Ron Knight with a happy passenger!