Rik is the owner operator of Wisconsin Hang Gliding
He has been flying hang gliders for 3 decades. Rik
currently holds, an advanced hang glider rating,
tandem hang gliding instructor ratings, foot launch
instructor and more. Not to mention Rik is a rated
tug pilot which is a unique rating, essential to towing
hang gliders aloft here in the midwest.
Please read Rik's story below, which outlines his past
I have pretty much been fascinated with aviation since I was a toddler. I remember shopping with my
parents, back when I was three years old, I took a hand full of small plastic airplane models and pocketed
them. They were later found in my pants that evening. It was pretty hard to convince my parents that i just
found them outside somewhere seeing we lived out in the country on a farm.
In my youth I had never passed up a chance to stop by an airport, remote control airplane base, etc. Most of
my youth I lived just a couple of miles from a small grass airstrip that serviced local airplanes. There was also
a river parellel to the grass strip that sea planes used to fly out of a few times a day on weekends. I used to
spend countless hours waiting for the infrequent flight coming from there.
Accross the road from where i lived was a huge public field that I used to fly those big diamond shape kites.
My dad taught me how to make and fly them. Over time the kites I built just got bigger and bigger.
Eventually the kite line was almost light rope.
Tail on the ground the kites were over my head by far when I stood them up. I used to get them so high. I
remember using up to 800 feet of line one time! When the kites got that big I usually did not get them back.
I was happy if I could get most of my line retrieved after a long afternoon flight. I enjoyed tieing them to the
fence when I went in for lunch. I would pretty much leave them there for the day and wait till they either
broke or the wind died and they ended up in a tree at the edge of the river.
I swore I would start building kites large enough to take up a person someday.
But then one day as I was watching tv I saw hang gliding. That's it!! That's what I wanted to do. From there it
was just a matter of time till I had the opportunity and the money to begin. I was 18 years old when I started
and have been flying hang gliders ever since. Fortunately I grew up living in the mountains. At that time the
mountains were the only places hang gliders were flown.
Eventually I did get my sport aircraft license and several years ago I also achieved my pilots license with
Thanks for reading
Rik has lived in Wisconsin for 13+ years. He still returns to the mountains at least
once every year.
When Rik is not flying he has other hobbies such as snowboarding, skateboarding,
long boarding, biking, cycling,running, water skiing, motor cycling, and much more.
Rik Launching from Deadman's Mountain in Savona British Columbia
I travel to Illinois, Iowa, Minneapolils, Indiana, to fly. Wisconsin hang gliding is a provider of hang gliding for all of the midwest. Wisconsin has provided
tandem hang gliding for many years.
Rik Performing his daring hang gliding stunt for the Tommy Bartlett show.
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