LEARN TO FLY SOLO

Do you have what it takes to become a solo pilot?  Hang Glide Chicago offers comprehensive flight training to get you off the ground.  

 The thrill of hang gliding does not stop after your discovery flight!  Solo pilots can thermal for hours, relying only on skill and air currents to stay aloft.  Hang Glide Chicago is the premier Midwest Hang Gliding Flight School.  You can learn to fly, soar, and thermal right here just an hour outside of Chicago! 

H2 Novice Package

Our H2 Novice Package includes everything you need from walking in off the street to solo. 

  • 8 High Tows 3,000' - Get the all the flying basics: turns, stalls, airspeed, dives, recovery, emergency procedures, towing techniques
  • 5 Low Tows 1,000' - Here you will focus on effective and safe take offs and landings
  • 6 Scooter Tows - You will gain experience in a solo glider and focus on control, use of a cart, and take off and landings
  • Ground School - Learn the theory behind the practice
  • Ground Handling - Learn the setup of a glider, safe and effective ground manipulation, and handling and control for foot launching

The benefits of the Novice Package also include use all equipment during training and use of HGC's rental gliders for the remainder of the season you start your training.  In addition to the package price, students are required to purchase a textbook.  Students are required to come for training on consecutive weekends unless prior arrangements are made with instructors.  All students must be at the field and ready to learn by 7am.  The Novice Package is designed for you to successfully complete examinations up to an H2 Rating through USHPA.  Students are required to purchase USHPA membership and pay all ratings fees.  Not all students can gain the requisite knowledge to pass these exams within the lesson package.  Your instructor makes the determination on whether you are prepared for exams and for solo flight.  Additional lessons can be purchased individually or in a la carte packages below.  HGC terms and conditions apply. 

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Introductory Package

Not sure if the whole package is for you?  Try our introductory lesson package. 

  • 1 High Tow 3,000"
  • Ground School
  • Ground Handling
  • FREE commemorative video 
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A La Carte Training

In addition to complete packages, we offer the following smaller packages for you to purchase as you go:

High Tow Package - 4 tows 3,000"

Low Tow Package - 4 tows 1,000" 

Scooter Tow Package - 4 tows 

Ground School by the Hour


Our instructors are dedicated to getting you to solo and beyond.  With your at home study and consistent flying, you can solo in no time, and you will have the confidence to take the required practical and written exams to become a USHPA Novice Hang-2 pilot with an aerotow launch rating. While the number of flights necessary to solo varies person to person, you can diminish the time it will take you to solo by committing to several flights per day, several days in a row.  Lessons begin at 7am to take advantage of calm air conditions, so we encourage you to stay over at the field.