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Tony raring to go.

Rona checking out the sky.

Rona checking out the sky.

In 1984 Lejair introduced, into the UK, a safe and efficient method of training hang glider pilots based upon winch towing from a flatland site. Our tow system quickly proved itself to be highly productive, with many advantages for our students over the more traditional hill training methods. Having successfully trained hundreds of pilots, logged thousands of flying hours and hundreds of thousands of launches, Lejair is, probably, one of the most experienced tow centres on the planet.

With our own, dedicated, flat, grassed airfields we are able to avoid problems with crops, livestock and multi use public access sites. Additionally, our flatland airfields allow us to launch in any wind direction as well as in a wider range of wind strengths than other methods of training normally allow.

During the initial low level flights that students undertake, our tow system enables Lejair’s highly experienced instructors to remain closely connected at all stages of each flight. Never being more than a few feet away from the student during takeoff, flight and landing, allows us to provide instant instruction, encouragement and advice to a student. Such supervision permits our students to quickly and safely gain the skills and confidence necessary to progress. With no need to carry heavy hang gliders up and down hills after each flight and always being close to our on site facilities, we are sure you will find training with Lejair less strenuous, more productive and a great deal more fun.

 

 

 

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Tony relaxing by the pool.

TONY WEBB organized the development of safe towing and tow training, together with Rona, in the early 80s. After spending a torturous three years learning to fly hang gliders traditionally running down shallow slopes and carrying back up, I had the notion that tow launching could provide less effort and longer controlled flights to allow beginners to master the art of flight.During the past three decades thousands of pilots have passed through the school making 1000s of towed flights and aerotows.
Austrian adventure.

Austrian adventure.

Rona started flying in 1979 with three days spent on a hill, continued through to get her licence in 1983, spent three years competing in all kinds of competitions and flying cross country. She has flown in many countries in Europe and America. Her favourite type of launch is aerotow. She spent a lot of time winching in the early days waiting for a manufacturer to make a small glider which she could fly, so when the Clubman 140 came out, there was no stopping her.

 

Tony being winch launched on the Avian fly demo day.

Tony being winch launched on the Avian fly demo day.

Training on the beach

Training on the beach

Rona aerotowing in Hungary.

Rona aerotowing in Hungary.