Learn to Fly with scooter tow.
Did you ever drive a scooter? In Cyprus you can fly with a scooter to. Come here and learn to fly with this revolutionary way of training and forgot the waste of time in the hills with wrong wind direction and the carrying of a glider to the top. With scooter tow is possible to launch someone in a very low height up to 1m practicing safely a straight flight for a distance of 500 m long in every wind direction. If you are able to perform this, then the rest of training is very simple. In this island is not necessary to wait for the end of a winter to learn to fly. Most of our students learn to fly during winter and not in flying season as they do in the rest of Europe. Although is possible to learn to fly in less than a week, the wrong conditions can extend the training for many days and may be for more than 2 months if you come only during weekends. If you want to start to fly in the beginning of flying season instead the end then you can't found a better destination than Cyprus.
Advantages of towing:For more than 10 years I was train students from the hills but after I converted my training, to use a winch to tow hang gliders aloft I would say that I will not come back to the hills again. The major advantage over traditional hill training is the ability to train in every wind direction something not possible in hills. As the wind changes I simply move the winch towards the wind direction and continue. Flying time is also maximised as the winch can hold you just 1-2 m off the ground as you learn to control the hang glider, so rather than five-second flight during your initial training on a hill site, you may get a whole minute in the air using the winch. The strain of carrying a hang glider back up a hill is removed after a winch flight, as the winch is moved near the student to start again. Thus conserving your energy for flying. So with this way the progress is faster as a result of longer flights after you get more experience, there is no cancellation of a lesson due the wrong wind direction and finally the lesson is more fun due the no need to carry the glider back to the hill.
As in any school so in my case the training is starting with a registration followed by some brief instruction. Then in a training site the student will get more familiar with the equipment trying to rig and pre-flight inspect it.
Flying the hang glider:
On the beginning the student is trying to get used with the handling of a glider running with it with out the harness. Then the student is hooked on the glider starting his/her first attempts to fly, in this case the towline is attached in the harness to start to follow the towline. As the student progresses, keeping the glider level with the correct angle of attack I start to accelerate gradually performing short flights up to 1 m. Getting more familiar with the control of a glider the duration of a flight is getting longer to and very soon the student is flying along the field in a height of 1-2 m. After this procedure the next step is the transition in a higher height and in this stage the student has more clearance to release the glider as well to control the speed of a glider performing better landings.
The final stage is to turn the glider in flight after releasing the line from a height of 50 m. The student must demonstrate their ability to carry out 'S' turns on the hang glider before being allowed to release the line to the maximum possible height.