STUDENT FAQ

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PARAGLIDING LESSONS AND TANDEMS

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Once you learn how to properly control a canopy on the ground you will have the skills necessary to launch and land yourself safely from any number of sites available to pilots in this region and beyond!

Our school emphasizes safety and ground handling so that the wing becomes and extension of your body and moving with the glider becomes second nature.

This is your greatest asset when it comes to safe launches, landings, and active piloting skillsets!

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Can I pay tuition as I go?


Yes! In an effort to help you allocate funds towards purchase of Flight Gear, you DO NOT need to pay tuition up front. Students can pay as they attend classes at $200 per session. All payments go towards the Unlimited Lessons tuition!

How long does Training take?

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This varies by individual and the number of days a student commits to training. Most students begin their first Training Hill flights after 1-2 days of instruction! A P2 rating requires a minimum of 35 flights and for P3 it is around 90 flights. Much of what we know in Paragliding is learned after Basic Flight Training. Unlimited Lessons ensure that you will not miss out on these opportunities further down the road.

Does the School provide gear to get started with?


Yes! The School provides equipment to get students through the first series of Training Hill flights. Students are encouraged to get their Paragliders as soon as possible so they can take advantage of opportunities to kite at local spots like parks and beaches. Make sure you have gear purchase in your budget to avoid long delays between training and flying with your own gear.

Learn All About Gear here!


Do I need to schedule a lesson?


No! We train every day that the weather is good for flying. The best part of the day is late afternoon until sunset, perfect for most peoples' work schedules. We coordinate classes and shuttle rides online ahead of time so as a student you will have access to these resources as well. MONDAY is our day off from training in the field and we host ONLINE CLASSES on Monday Evenings.

 

Please call first if you are planning a visit!

Does the School provide Paramotor Instruction?


For sure! What better way to expand your horizons after you know the canopy?

 

All students begin with Basic Paragliding Training since we have these amazing options and training hills at our home site, Andy Jackson Airpark. After the student has shown proficiency in canopy handling, launching, and landing we then go to the desert for 1-2 days of motor instruction to complete the Paragliding to Paramotor Transition Syllabus.

 

Learn more about Paramotor here!

How much is Flight Gear?


Paragliders cost between $2800-4200 new. A harness is around $780-900 and a reserve is $650-680. We only train incoming students on new gear to avoid exposing our new pilots to undue risks. This is the biggest hurdle to getting into the sport but once you have gear and lessons then you have your own aircraft and know how to use it! 

 

DON'T BUY GEAR BEFORE TRAINING WITHOUT AN EVALUTAION FROM A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR!!!

We take our gear very seriously and quality Flight Gear is important for a solid learning curve, personal safety, and predictable performance.

 

Learn All About Gear here!

Does the School sell Flight Gear?


Yes! and at a great discount for Students. We DO NOT make huge margins on gear because we are more focused on our Training Program. The school provides premium brands at the same cost as budget brands. Shop around and you will see! We stock only the best brands with the best resale market.


How fit do I need to be for Paragliding?

Paragliding pilots range from 11 year old girls to 82 year old seniors and beyond! There is no weight or age limit to this activity. However, a pilot must be physically able to carry equipment, run for launch and landing, and need decent vision. Some medical injuries or conditions may prevent participation in the sport. Speak with an instructor if you have these concerns. 

 

If you are not in optimal physical condition, please speak with a Flight Instructor BEFORE enrollment!

 

How long does a Paraglider last?

The sun, salt water, and physical damage are the biggest enemies of the Paraglider canopy. If you take care of your equipment then it should last up to 1500 hours. After this point the fabric will become porous and the lines will be stretched. This long term damage degrades performance, passive safety, and may make launching more difficult. It's a good idea to sell your glider before it becomes too old so that you can get most of your investment back to spend on your next glider upgrade!

What time do classes start?

Lessons begin in the late afternoon and go until sunset every day that the wind is good for flying! We do not worry about weekends or weekdays because good flying weather is usually more important for students in training. As a student, you will be taught how to assess appropriate weather conditions for flight and will be able to plan accordingly once you have these skills. Until then, feel free to ask before making plans to attend classes.

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Our Full Service Flight School has Unlimited Lessons for Paragliding Instruction!

This means that you will only pay a maximum of $2200 for tuition which covers all flight instruction, gear for kiting and flying through your first 15 flights, and the USHPA Pilot Rating Exams P1-P4.

Pilots may make $200 tuition payments as they attend classes for the first 11 sessions or simply pay the $2200 beforehand.

Your tuition also includes access to all of our
Online Classes (hosted live every Monday night), Instructional Video Archive, and published articles.

The
Online Classes cover all relevant topics from Weather Analysis and Flight Planning to Reading Terrain and Risk Management. They are also designed to help you prepare for the USHPA Rating Tests when you reach each new skill level to do so.

Our flying site is the largest and most consistent in North America! We get over 300 days of good weather every year and there are several launches to fly from on any given day.

Ride services are easy and quick with several open-air vehicle independent operators ready to get you to the launch site. Students can get between 1-3 altitude flights on most visits.

With all of these options available, Students learn how to thermal and fly mountain conditions which prepares them for flying in virtually any other Paragliding context. Our priority is
Safety and to facilitate a structured learning curve while allowing each new pilot to progress at their own pace. You will never be rushed, kicked out of the nest, or left guessing what comes next.

The community of Pilots that has formed around the school is an amazingly supportive and engaging group of adventurers who are excited for each new member to learn the skills that literally open new horizons of possibility.

The school also has a
Paramotor training program in addition to several Paragliding field trips each season. These help Students get the most out of their new passion for flight and to explore more options as they progress their skills.