When foot launching a hang glider, a pilot holds the glider at the correct angle of attack and looks at his/her target. Then the pilot starts to walk, trots to a jog, then runs. The glider acquires enough airflow to generate lift and eventually carries the pilot into the air. This process has become my analogy for getting anything in life accomplished: First, you aim to do something. Then, you make gradual steps to getting it accomplished, and increasing your intensity until it get's "off the ground."
This is precisely how I managed to finally get into hang gliding after wanting to fly for so many years. It took small steps... saving money from each check from the beginning of this year, getting support from Blackstar Educational Institute, buying books to study, watching videos on youtube, exercising, talking to veteran pilots, and finally... showing up to Lookout Mountain Flight Park to dedicate an entire week to study.
This is far from over. I still have much to learn as a hang glider pilot. On my list of things to do this year is
- Gain a strong foundation in mountain launching and learn how to ridge soar.
- Get surface tow rated.
- Get aerotow rated.
- Learn how to thermal
- Learn how to ridge soar
- Take at least one cross country flight.
- Achieve my H3 rating.