hang glider is a soaring aircraft, capable of flights of over 300
miles and several hours duration. They were developed from rogallo
wings, but a modern hang glider offers a glide angle of over 15:1.
They are a semi-portable aircraft; they can be easily carried by
car but weigh rather too much to carry for any considerable distance.
That said, I have carried one both up and down Parlick Fell!. They
cannot be readily taken onto public transport, including aircraft,
due to their size when packed. One must further dismantle them,
'short-packing', prior to carriage and they remain vulnerable to
launch from hills and either ridge soar or find areas of warm rising
air (thermals) and climb to cloudbase. While you are learning it
is unusual for you to gather the skills required to start soaring
in less than eight days. Once you have qualified as Club Pilot and
gained a little additional experience, you may wish to start to launch
by aerotow, where you are towed into the air by a microlight. This
is rapidly becoming the most popular launch method.