- $130 for a full-day intro to hang-gliding lesson for one ($220 value)
Led by Mountain Wings’ USHPA-certified staff, full-day lessons begin with an informative video. Afterward, the group moves to the outside training areas, where participants try out a stationary simulator and then get acquainted with the gliders themselves. Students learn how to properly pick up and hold a glider, and before long, how to run with it. Once ground training is complete, the whole group heads halfway up a training hill, and 6–10 flights are completed on the first day. After the lesson is over, students receive a memory card with videos of their flights. Through the end of May, classes are 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and include 10-minute breaks for water and rest. Starting in June, classes run 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
A Chat with Mountain Wings Inc
Whatservices does your business offer and what makes your business stand out fromthe competition?
Mountain Wings is a full service Flight Schooland Flight park. We have been teaching the fine art of hang gliding since 1980.We are the ONLY flight park of this size and experience in the North East. We are the only flight school with full modernand clean bathroom and showers both inside and out. We are the only school withan actual building (3000 sq ft) that the students can go inside to escape theheat of the summer or to warm up on those cool spring or fall days. We have theonly pilots lounge with free WiFi, two large screen TV’s and PC that thestudents use to watch their flights of the day. We are the only school that hasmultiple training hills for a safer and quicker advancement of their training.We are the only school that brings the students and their gliders back up thehill after their flights. ( after they make it to the top of the hill) We arethe only school that owns their own launch on the mountain for when you areready for mountain flights; We are the only school that owns their own flightpark. We use only certified training gliders and equipment. We are the onlyschool that uses full face helmets for the students safety ( this is VERYimportant) We are the only school that is open year round. We stopped teachingparagliding due to the proven nonexistent safety record, PG’s are verydangerous. We are the biggest flight school in the Tri State area and most ofthe North East. And! We are the only flight school that uses a simulator tospeed up the training and make it safer..
Whatwas the inspiration to start or run thisbusiness?
I started flying in 1975, moved toCalifornia in 1976 and worked for a major hang glider manufacturer building,designing and test flying gliders. I moved back to NY in 1980 to start my ownschool and flight park. I have been flying hang gliders for over 40 years. I doit for the love of the sport and the satisfaction of seeing the look on thefaces of my students after their first flight and their hugs and jumps for joy,it is very satisfying.
What do youlove most about your job?
I have beenteaching hang gliding since 1980 and I find it very rewarding to be able toshare something so special and unique with my students. The looks of sheer joyand excitement on their faces, the jumps for joy, the hugs I receive along withthe thank you’ s and the big tips. The calls later in the week saying onceagain thank you and how they cannot stop thinking about their flights, how theyare planning their next trip up to Ellenville to do it again. This is veryrewarding and this is what I love about my job.
What is thebest reaction you've ever gotten from acustomer?
Are you kidding? LOL The hugs! The“I love this sport” The “ I love you for teaching me this” the $100.00 tips!Some people are very , very grateful for the experience I give them.