Visitors Guide to La Jolla Hang Gliding

Posted on June 13, 2014 by Tijon Employee
The Torrey Pines Glideport in La Jolla, California is considered to be one of America’s most popular coastal soaring sites. Located at the top of Black’s Beach, visitors can sit down at the Cliffhanger Café and dine in with a view of the Pacific Ocean 320 feet below. Dolphins and whales can be spotted from the cliffs while viewing the paragliders and planes launching in the front of the outdoor dining area.
Hang Gliding in La Jolla
Hang gliding at Torrey Pines in La Jolla has been around since the mid 1900’s. Tandem flights become popular around the springtime when winds are stronger. An internally supported bar gives the pilot immediate control over handling the wing as you sit in a lying down position enjoying the flight.

Some basic facts about hang gliding include:
- The internal frame and wing structure is triangular in shape.
- Strong winds are required to fly.
- The weight limit for passengers is 175 lbs.
- Pilot and passengers are placed in a lying down position.

History of Gliderport
The Torrey Pines Gliderport is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places. Since the 1930’s, many famous aviators have soared aircraft from this cliff into the strong Pacific Ocean breezes. This list includes aviation pioneers such as Charles A Lindbergh, Woody Brown, Richard Johnson, and Dick Essery. During World War II, the Torrey Pines Gliderport was used as an Army training facility known as Camp Callan and surrounded by anti-aircraft artillery. This site has served as an important location for many national and international soaring records being broken since 1946.

Hang Gliding Supplies and Safety
To successfully hang glide, having the proper tools make all the difference. You will be required to use a helmet, wear a jump suit, and goggles. The following safety tips will ensure you have a fun and safe time.

1. Take lessons and participate in at least 10 hours of extreme hang gliding lessons before flying on your own. 

Use the right safety features and equipment for safety. These include a jumpsuit, parachute, and helmet made of high quality materials.

Check the condition of the hang glider before flying. Inspect the wires, bolts, ropes, and wing tips. View from a distance to ensure the glider is symmetrical.

Avoid hang gliding during extreme winds and weather that can make it difficult to land or control.
5. Make sure weight body weight does not drastically fluctuate. A weight loss or gain of as little as five pounds can significantly impact your flying effectiveness.
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