Learn to Fly
Learn to fly a hang glider with Mission Soaring Center
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.
Take a Tandem
Get towed up a 1000ft higher then the bunny hill with a professional tandem pilot.
Advance Flying - 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.

Hat Creek Trip

Hat Creek Trip

August 8th - 9th

Launching at 1,050 Ft

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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.

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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.

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 combined 200+ years of flying and teaching hang gliding, these Mission Soaring instructors are ready for you to experience hang gliding!  You'd be hard-pressed to find a school anywhere with as much hang gliding wisdom and expertise.


Shop Hours

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


Tres Pinos Training Hours

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

Lesson scheduled to take advantage of the best weather conditions.

  • Jan 1 - Mar 31: 1 class 9:30am
  • Apr 1 - Apr 31: 2 classes 8am & 2:30pm
  • May 1 - Aug 31: 2 classes 8am & 3:30pm
  • Sept 1 - Oct 14: 2 classes 8am & 2:30pm
  • Oct 15 - Dec 31: 1 class 9:30am

Class size: 3 -5 students per instructor.

Tandem times available when booking.