On his way up at High Perspective Inc., North Pickering
My husband and I have passed this gliding school many times but on Saturday - a beautiful day - we decided to stop and investigate. We felt very welcomed there even though I was obviously there to take photos and not fly. (If I ever get enough courage to try this sport, this is where I'd do it as everyone there was just so darn nice and obviously experienced.)
Apparently two of the instructors are terrified of heights (as I am) but are totally fine with hang gliding. Truth or fiction? I'm not ready to find out yet. Maybe you'd like to try it and then tell me.
Hang gliding but still attached to a tow line
A custom-built hydraulic winch pulled this hang glider into the air since southern Ontario is rather flat with no mountains to jump off. (Although a few people have glided off the CN Tower in Toronto!)
The line was now released
Experienced pilots can climb thousands of feet before the line is released. On Saturday, at least one glider found enough thermals to stay up for more than 20 minutes, but it apparently was not a good day for thermals.
Coming down for a soft landing
Wheels meant it was not necessary to walk or run when taking off or landing.
Walking back to park the glider
But it was necessary to walk the hang glider to it's parking spot under a tree.
Looks like it was a GOOD flight!
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