This article is from the Hanggliding and Paragliding FAQ, by Joao Geada with numerous contributions by others.
Physically challenged student pilots, some in wheelchairs, are also
discovering the joys of aerotow hanggliding. The rolling dolly launch
method is ideal for the hanggliding enthusiast who cannot
alternatively do running launches off a hill. Regular safety training
wheels are sufficient for most intentional roll-in landings, and
larger custom wheels are used for both launch and landing by some
mobility impaired hangglider pilots at a variety of U.S. flying sites.
Heavyweight pilot trainees are finding that their weight isn't as much
of a concern when rolling launches are made off the dolly. Even in no
wind, the large pilot can achieve takeoff speed effortlessly, even
with a tandem instructor aboard! Students weighing more than 250
pounds have flown tandem on aerotow and gone on to solo flights. Since
hanggliders come in many different sizes, small people and large
people can use the best available equipment to meet their needs.
A call or letter to the friendly office staff at the USHGA can get you
a current list of aerotow operators around the country. See you at