Fly High on the Virginia Eastern Shore
At more than 1000 feet in the air, hang gliding is the closet thing to experiencing human flight and tops the bucket list of many adventurers. While DC is too densely populated to offer hang gliding, there are several facilities located outside the city in Maryland and Virginia that provide a powerless free flight.
Eastern Shore Hang Gliding Center
The Eastern Shore Hang Gliding Center on Virginia's eastern shore offers multiple packages, including an introductory aerotow tandem lesson during which light airplanes will tow both the instructor and the student behind the plane.
Before you strap in and get ready to take off, the instructor will go over all the different things you need to know. After you're strapped in and off the ground, you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery before the tow line is released.
You will see the plane descend as you continue to enjoy a steady flight. The instructor will show you how to steer with your weight and provide all the necessary guidance. You can fly for as long as you would like or you can bring it down whenever you're ready. About 20 minutes after the plan releases, you will glide down to the grass of Campbell Field Airport.
Pricing for the introductory tandem flights depends on how high you want to go. If you choose the 2,500-foot high flight, it's $139 and lasts about 15 to 25 minutes. However, you can also choose the 4,000-foot high flight, which lasts about 25 to 35 minutes and costs $269. An inflight CD with video and pictures is available for $25, as well.
Hang gliding is available March through October. The Eastern Shore Hang Gliding Center is found at Campbell Field Airport. The address is 9114 Bayford Road, Weirwood, Virginia.