And the man learned from the bird…
I have always dreamed about flying. Noting unusual as for a human, I guess. Was Icarus really the very first of us trying to conquer the skies?
I have always been mentally locked-in that flying in 21st century law-regulated-world requires private pilot license at minimum. I took initial flight lesson, scoped time, money and effort it takes to get necessary ratings. Even thought of alternative sport pilot license as a shortcut to my dream. Never accomplished anything essential on my way to becoming a pilot and I have been only gaining experience on flight simulators available for personal computing devices. Occasionally taking my power kites and skateboard out.
I just had to meet that one Flamenco-dancing PhD woman who shared her hang gliding dream with me and rewarded me with the most incredible birthday gift to date. Tandem flight with an instructor she found in Hollister, CA. This experience totally opened my mind and brought me closer to my dream of flying. It seems reachable by my arms and affordable. The sport is not much regulated in the US other than by one association (scuba diving has two). It is also by far safer than riding my Ducati on I-880 around Oakland. I am going to signup for my Hang 1 classes soon!
I wish Flamenco Woman could fly with me that day. She was 4+ months pregnant with our daughter on that day. Both of them will fly soon 🙂