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?
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.
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.
How much is Flight Gear?
Paragliders cost between $2800-4200 new. A harness is around $780-900 and a reserve is $650-680. We typically only train new 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! We take our gear very seriously and quality Flight Gear is important for a solid learning curve, personal safety, and predictable performance.
Does the School sell Flight Gear?
Yes! and at a great discount for Students. Please check our discounted prices when considering equipment purchase. We stock only the best brands with the best resale value.
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.
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.