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Have You Been Hang Gliding Yet?

When people think of the Outer Banks, one of the first things they think of is flight. As home to the Wright Brother’s National Memorial and boasting the title of Birthplace of Flight, the Outer Banks has a rich history with human’s pursuit to fly through the sky like a bird.

Since 1974, Kitty Hawk Kites has been providing that opportunity to the world. Hang Gliding is a thrilling and freeing experience. As the largest hang gliding school in the world, we have taught over 400,000 students ranging in age from 4 to 92. That makes this adventure perfect for families and groups of all ages.

Now that the Outer Banks summer season is in full swing, so is our hang gliding schedule. Our instructors are excited to teach you how to fly! Our dune hang gliding lessons take place at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head. The dunes of Jockey’s Ridge allow us to take advantage of the smooth and consistent ocean breezes and give us soft sand for landings. We also operate out of the Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg, where we offer tandem hang gliding flights that climb to altitudes over 2000 feet. Book your flights below.

Hang Gliding with Kitty Hawk Kites
Hang Gliding at Jockey’s Ridge with Kitty Hawk Kites
Tandem hang gliders over the Outer Banks
Tandem hang gliding 5000 feet over the Outer Banks

As always, safety is our number one concern. In addition to our standard safety protocols, we have increased our cleaning procedures, we are requiring our crew to wear masks, and are implementing social distancing practices to keep our students and instructors safe and healthy. You can read more about what we’re doing to stop the spread of COVID-19 in this notice.

Teaching The World To Fly For Over 45 Years

Kitty Hawk Kites has celebrated its 45th anniversary this year. Since then, our mission has been teaching the world to fly! But have you ever wondered how it all started? So we asked John Harris, founder and president of Kitty Hawk Kites, to give us in his words how he started this great company.

How Learning to Fly at Kitty Hawk Kites Made Me into a Better Competition Pilot

In 2013, I began my first summer as a hang gliding instructor at Kitty Hawk Kites. It was here that I first learned to fly. My fellow instructors pushed me to become the best pilot and best instructor I could be. This can sometimes be …

Earning Your Hang 1 at Kitty Hawk Kites

If you’re ready to take adventure to a whole new level, then it’s time to earn your Hang 1 certification at Kitty Hawk Kites. So if you’re looking to achieve your childhood dream of flight with a healthy dose of challenge and confidence-building, you’re guaranteed …