Learn to Fly!

Classes are small - 3 to 5 students - and are taught by a USHPA certified instructor on the latest equipment. Classes are available every weekend and many week days as well. All classes are taught at our training site in Tres Pinos - this site has the most consistent, reliable, gentle winds of any place in the Bay Area.

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Personal Attention

Our small classes provide plenty of personal attention - Instruction is complete, flexible, and tailored to each student from beginning to advance skills. Choose the lesson package that is right for you.

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Take a Tandem

Want to try out Hang Gliding but do it with an expert by your side? …or take our 'Adventure Package' and fly a few feet off the ground by yourself and then the same day feel how it would feel to have a high altitude flight with a certified tandem pilot by your side.

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High Altitude Tow Lessons

Attain a Novice (H2) or an Intermediate (H3) rating so that you can have the knowledge and skills to fly most sites.

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New!

Announcing the New WillsWing Alpha!

The Alpha provides the easiest, most comfortable access to soaring you will find. With its exceptional slow flight capabilities, dampened and docile handling, and extraordinary sink rate performance, the Alpha will have you climbing out in conditions you didn't even know were soarable. For new pilots purchasing their first glider, the Alpha provides an excellent combination of performance and handling for the rapid development of flying skills and experience.

 

Welcome!

Mission Soaring LLC has been serving the Northern California hang gliding community since 1973.

The Mission Soaring Hang Gliding school provides professional training on state-of-the-art equipment at our dedicated training site at Tres Pinos (near Hollister, CA),.. just south of the San Jose / San Francisco Bay Area. We are ready to help you become a pilot today! We supply all your equipment for your hang gliding lessons. As you become a pilot, we can fit you with everything you need in our complete Sales/Service Facility in Milpitas, CA.

Get a Head Start

We welcome you to come to our shop in Milpitas for a Hang Gliding Orientation any time during shop hours. You will have the opportunity to try our hang glider simulator and see our beginner flight training video.

Why Mission?

Pat Denevan and his instructors at Mission Soaring Center have been teaching hang gliding for 40 years. Pat is a leader in the hang gliding community - he has been instrumental in developing the teaching standards for the USHPA.

Meet the Instructors


With a 200+ years of flown and instructed hang gliding experience from Mission Soaring Center's instructors you'd be hard pressed to find a school anywhere with as much real world wisdom and expertise.

 

Shop Hours

Wednesday 11:00am - 5:30pm
Thursday 11:00am - 5:30pm
Friday 11:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday 9:00am - 5:30pm
Sun-Tues Closed

 

Tres Pinos Training Hours

Instruction available 7 days a week (scheduled in advance).

Lessons scheduled for the best weather.

Oct 15 - Mar 31: 1 class 9:30am & Tandems at 3pm

Apr 1 - Apr 31: 2 classes 8:00am or 2:30pm

May 1 - Aug 31: 2 classes 8:00am or 3:300pm

Sept 1 - Oct 14: 2 classes 8:00am or 2:30pm

Class size: 3 -5 students per instructor