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A hang gliding tandem flight is the absolute best way to experience the thrill of pure flight! The way it was meant to be. The tandem flight is our first step toward learning the beautiful art of hang gliding. Get hands-on flying experience, safely hanging along side an advanced, certified tandem instructor. Flight duration is approximately 20 - 30 minutes. You can also capture your flying experience and show your friends with an in-flight video! While flying in and around the Newcastle area, we use a number of different flying sites. From coastal ridges to the inland mountains of the Watagan National Forest.

Air Sports is a hang gliding and paragliding organisation in Newcastle Australia which focuses on the safe yet thrilling introduction to this unique sport. Through tandem hang gliding or paragliding flights you can look down upon our beautiful city and experience the excitement of free-flight, a sensation that is only experienced by birds - and a few lucky people. Plan your holiday here in Newcastle and learn how to fly solo by some of the most experienced pilots in the world. Call Air Sports in Newcastle for group rates.Come and take advantage of Newcastle's clean air and beautiful beaches by letting Air Sports "heighten" your holiday memories.

Our complete HGFA approved novice hang gliding and paragliding courses are designed to get you flying solo as safely and efficiently as possible. Our expert instructors will progress you through this complete course in approximately 7-10 days using the schools equipment. Solo training takes place on the gentle sloped sand dunes of Newcastle Beaches, then up to the higher hills surrounding the scenic Hunter Valley. Upon completion of the course you will have your Restricted Pilots Rating and be confidently soaring solo up with the eagles.

Hang Gliding Novice Package: $1,800 If you're thinking about doing your Restricted Pilot's Rating course, we recommend doing the tandem flight first. You will get a great feel for flying and just how safe and easy it is. On tandem flights, the passender is often given the opportunity to take control of the aircraft while an experienced pilot is right by your side. Check out the course photos in the media gallery.

Course Dates ... (See News

Hang Gliding Course Dates 2017-

  • Sept 4-10
  • Oct 2-8
  • Nov 6-12
  • Dec 4-10

Paragliding Courses 2017-

  • Sept 18-24
  • Oct 16-22

Thermal Clinics 2017-

  • Oct 25-27 (at Manilla Caravan Park)

Cross Country Clinic Dates- TBA

Tow Clinic Dates -TBA

Air Sports started up in Newcastle at the beginning of 2002. It is owned and directed by Tony Barton, a nice american bloke who is now a permanant resident of Australia. Tony first came to Australia a little over 10 years ago while competing in International Hang Gliding competitions. He has been flying vigorously since 1978 and recevied his Instructor and Tandem rating in 1986. He was the United States National Hang Gliding Champion and Points Champion for 1990 and 1991. Tony flew as a member of the U.S. World Hang Gliding Team for six years, during which they won the World Championships in 1993. His love for flying has taken him many times around the world, happily sharing his passion and experience with others.