July 2017 Issue

Soaring School

How I learned about flying airplanes by flying hang gliders.

The first years and hours I spent aloft werenít really loggable toward an FAA pilot certificate. Thatís because I was doing it from a hang glider, jumping off the side of a mountain, wearing a helmet and strapped to a wing. I was the landing gear. It was more of a sport than a form of transportation, but that early exposure to flight taught some lessons that were easily transferred to powered airplanes. I went on to earn my private and an instrument rating, and have flown some interesting airplanes along the way.

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