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How long can one stay in the air with a hang glider?


 

In the old days this used to be the yard stick for pilots. It was the flight of the week if you stayed up for more than a minute. Today pilots can virtually stay up for as long as there is sufficient lift to keep the pilot in the air. It has become relatively easy for pilots to stay up all day and fly right through the night! Because of the hazards involved with flying at night and with the added fatigue that seriously hampers a pilots skill and judgement calls, these records are no longer recognised. The last recorded endurance flight was over 35 hours! On average pilots stay up between ten minutes to five or six hours. The SA distance record took 6H30 to do and the world record just over 10 hours!