Saturday, October 06, 2007

I want to learn to fly a hang glider

This is the original url I used for my hang gliding web log in Jan 2005, but it got hi-jacked in Sept 2006, so I had to move my hang gliding blog to

Shola 's Hang Glider Blog about flying across Britain.

The support dept at helped me reclaim it, but I've decided not to move it back. Below is a summary of my hang gliding challenge. You can find more details at Hang Glider flying across Britain.

My name is Shola Ogunlokun and I'm about to embark on the flying challenge of my lifetime.

I was born in London, but left the UK when I was young, growing up and studying for my GCSE's in Nigeria. I returned to London in 1991 and since then I have been confined to the rigours of metropolitan living.

Recently I decided that I would like to fly across the UK in a hang glider, meeting the local people along the way. The only quirk being I've never flown a hang glider before!

So here is my hang gliding: Learn to fly a hang glider and then fly from Land's End to John O'Groats!

1. This will be the achivement of a life long flying dream, having always wanted to fly. I even thought of going to pilot training school in Zaria, Nigeria.

2. I want to encourage people from my ethnic background (Afro-Carribean) to take a risk and pursue their dreams no matter what it might be.

3. I want to travel across Britain, and meet the local people along the way and understand a bit more of the culture.

Am I mad?

No. I have done some research into hang gliding, and I believe that this fly challenge is possible. I am not trying to break any records, will not do anything stupid and will only attempt to make the journey once the required training has been completed. The good thing is that I don't need a provisional licence to start learning to fly a hang glider.

My hang glider flight website will chart my progress through various milestones of the challenge, and a detailed hang glider diary show all the various things I get up while preparing for the hang glider adventure.

If you have any questions or comments, please make contact by leaving a comment on my hang glider blog.

If you would like to know more about hang gliding, then visit The British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association.