Hang Gliding in Arkansas
Locations, Launch Areas, Companies, Equipment
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Arkansas River Valley
Petit Jean River Valley
West Central, AR/Southeastern, Oklahoma
The locations above are popular launch areas for hang gliding in Arkansas. We have yet to find a professional company which offers hang gliding in Arkansas. It seems hang gliding is mostly done by individuals with their own gliders. Are you familiar with a new company or unlisted launch area for hang gliding in Arkansas? Please recommend a hang gliding company or popular launch location.
Hang gliding is the sport of piloting an aircraft called a hang glider. Modern hang gliders provide the ability to stay airborne for hours and travel hundreds of miles. The pilot uses a body harness to strap into a light-weight non-motorized glider that is foot-launched from a mountain, hill, or tall structure. In areas with flat terrain, a technique called "Aerotowing" is used to get the glider in the air. Hang gliding is generally viewed as an unsafe sport but has increased in safety over the years. Most modern gliders have an aluminum alloy frame with a fabric wing. The glide ratio has improved which allows gliders to fly for extended time periods. Instruments used during flight include a variometer, GPS, and radio. Safety equipment used include a helmet, backup parachute (for both the pilot and the glider), first-aid, ropes, and a knife. For a high altitude flights, oxygen tanks are needed.
Hang Gliding at Mt. Magazine & Mt. Nebo State Parks
Equipment for Hang Gliding
Most modern gliders have an aluminum alloy frame with a fabric wing. Instruments used during flight include a variometer, GPS, and radio. Safety equipment used include a helmet, backup parachute (for both the pilot and the glider), first-aid, ropes, and a knife. For a high altitude flights, oxygen tanks are needed.
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