- Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:26
- Written by Matt Philips
So you've been in Pittsburgh, PA for years and have already tried everything the city has to offer; you went kayaking on the rivers downtown, rode the inclines, went to Penguins, Pirates, and Steelers games, and took a duckboat tour. You even went skydiving, scuba diving, and standup paddle boarding! But Pittsburgh finally ran out of things for you to try...or did it? Did you know that western Pennsylvania's only certified and insured hang gliding school is less than an hour drive from downtown? Have you ever dreamed of soaring with the birds for hours on end on pockets of air warmed by the sun? Now you can learn how! And you don't even have to leave Pittsburgh to do it!
Learn2Glide LLC is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
As children, our imaginations ran wild; we stuck our arms out like wings, ran down hills, and pictured our feet leaving the ground, flying off, and joining the birds soaring in the sky. Now that we're a bit older, we have the chance to make that dream a reality. Learn2Glide gives students the opportunity, equipment, practice, and knowledge necessary to make these dreams of flight come true!
As a first-time student, the first 30-45 minutes of your lesson will consist of ground school instruction to teach you how the glider works, how to hold it, how to run with it, and what to check before every flight to make sure you stay safe. Once you graduate from ground school, you will start working your way up the training hill, learning the proper methods for foot-launching a hang glider into the air. Before you know it, you will be standing on the hill connected to the 20ft wingspan kite on your shoulders, wondering how on Earth you got to this point. But you'll know that you can, and WANT, to do this, so you will confidently yell "CLEAR!" and run down the hill just like you used to do as a kid. However, this time your feet really will leave the ground and you will quickly realize that you are experiencing human flight in one of its purest forms.
Those who find themselves hooked from day one will be happy to know that Learn2Glide also offers training courses to get you certified to fly hang gliding sites across the country at altitudes of up to 18,000ft!
Matt Philips, the owner and instructor for Learn2Glide, has been hang gliding since 2010. He has logged more than 40 hours of solo airtime at various sites in the US, including Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. His personal altitude record is over 10,000ft above the ground. Matt became a USHPA certified and insured instructor in 2012 (USHPA #90246) and has spent countless hours on the training hill with a variety of students since then. Matt and Learn2Glide eagerly await giving you the opportunity of a lifetime and look forward to getting you in the air soon!
I am constantly on the lookout for new training hills or large fields, so if you know someone in the Pittsburgh area with some land that might help me out, please let me know!