Paragliding is another pure and versatile mode of free flight. The paragliding wing (or canopy) is similar in form to a modern square-shaped parachute but allows for higher glide performance. Officially a parafoil, the wing’s design allows incoming air to pass through the structure’s leading edge, which keeps it inflated and maintains its shape. Modern paragliding wings can soar for hours and gain thousands of feet in altitude in the right conditions, and can travel for several hundred miles. Speeds generally range between 12 and 35 miles per hour. Gliders are most often launched from a high elevation point, such as a large hill or mountain, but in the absence of a suitably elevated launch spot can be towed aloft by a ground vehicle, boat, or scooter.
Introductory Paragliding Lesson
Students progress from a one-hour classroom presentation to canopy familiarization and launch practice on flat ground. Gradual progress is made until launches result in flight attempts from the grass training slope.
Weekend Intro Paragliding Lesson
This course is for our weekend visitors who want more flight experience. A second day of flight training is added to the introductory lesson.
This is a comprehensive PARAGLIDING COURSE consisting of six full lessons. This course contains the classroom and flight requirements necessary to acquire the skills toward a novice solo rating.
HG & PG Clinics with Kari Castle
Stay tuned for info regarding clinics in spring 2015. Launching & Landing Clinic/Intro to Mountain Flying Clinic Learn from Hang Gliding and Paragliding National Champion Kari Castle! May 23-25, 2014 Must be a P2 or H2 pilot to participate in the clinic Only 15 pilots can participate. Spots will fill up quickly. Make a reservation to […]
May 23-25, 2014
Achieving your P2 rating is like graduating from paragliding school – there’s still tons left to learn about the sport, but as a P2 pilot you are knowledgeable enough to make good flying decisions without an instructor by your side. Where a P1 rating makes you an autonomous park pilot, a P2 makes you a mountain pilot ready to […]