Hang gliding tour opportunities are available throughout both eastern and western Washington for those who want to see the Pacific Northwest from above. U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association certified instructors are located throughout the state, providing both introductory hang gliding lessons for newcomers and advanced tours for the more experienced hang glider.
Alpine Adventures offers a combination hang gliding and rafting tour over the Wenatchee Valley with views of Mission Ridge, Mount Stuart, Enchantment Peaks, Tumwater Mountain, the Columbia River and Leavenworth. The
Air-River package includes a flight in a FAA certified light sport craft and rafting.
P.O. Box 3
Gold Bar, WA 98251
U.S. Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association Instructors
There are several gliding instructors throughout Washington who offer tours and instruction; they are all certified by the USHPA. At Inland Air Sports, Dale Sanderson provides hang gliding instruction in the Spokane Valley of eastern Washington.
Inland Air Sports
4503 E. 5th Ave.
Spokane Valley, WA 99212
Jeff Beck, based in the northwestern part of the state, has been leading tandem hang gliding flights in Washington since 2002.
Northwest Hang Gliding
3901 E. Connecticut
Bellingham, WA 98226
Rainier Hang Gliding, located 30 miles south of Seattle, offers an Introductory Tandem Flight. Hang Gliding tours usually leave from Dog Mountain in Morton, WA.
Rainier Hang Gliding
Since 1994, when 46 women from around the world competed in one of the most successful Women's World Hang Gliding Championships, Lake Chelan has become known as the \"Recreational Hang Gliding Capitol of the World\", according to the Lake Chelan site cometothelake.com. Flights of 100 or miles are not uncommon from the Chelan Sky Park. Several hang gliding world championship events are held at Lake Chelan each year.
The hang gliding club of Lake Chelan, the Chelan Flyers, notes that since there are no tandem-rated hang gliding pilots living in Chelan, those who are interested in tours must arrange them in advance through one of the U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association certified pilots in Washington.
A list of certified hang gliding instructors can be found at: www.ushpa.aero.
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