GRAVITY HAWAII PARAGLIDING INSTRUCTION
This course is designed to be fun, safe, and to teach the student just about everything there is to know about flying a paraglider safely. We go the extra distance with our students, because I believe their life depends on it. The student pilot will have to work hard at achieving their personal goals. The student pilot will have to practice many hours of kiting on the beach or park to become proficient at controlling the glider, both in high winds and difficult real world conditions. All flights are under strict supervision of an Advanced Paragliding Instructor. All flights will be under two-way radio communication.
Upon completion of our P-2 (+) program the student pilot will be able to handle almost any flying situation they may encounter in their flying career. This will include high winds, difficult launch sites, controlled landings in small landing zones, high wind reverse launches, beginner cross country flights, reserve parachute deployment theory, ridge soaring techniques, thermal flying techniques, collapse recovery techniques, emergency descent techniques, radio procedures, and we’ll do it with as much fun as possible.
The cost for the P-2(+) USHGA Novice Course is $2,500.ºº
(This includes all course materials, use of training gear, and a 30 day license)
Contact me now for more information or to schedule a lesson.
P-2 (+) Novice (Solo) Training Syllabus
Below you will see a sample outline of our training syllabus:
- Instructor demonstrates forward pull up and “launch” on flat ground, in zero to 6 mph wind. Demonstrates proper “horseshoe” layout of canopy for light wind launch, proper pre-launch line clearing technique, proper way to hold risers and brakes, use of front risers to pull up and inflate canopy, control of canopy using brakes, and by running under canopy, keeping canopy inflated, over head, directionally controlled, and loaded, keeping weight on seat, while running for 50 yards or more.
- Students practice #1 above under direct instructor supervision.
- Instructor demonstrates reverse pull up in 8-12 mph wind. Demonstrates control of the canopy using brakes, risers, and by moving under canopy. Demonstrates use of outside A lines to fold in canopy tips, and use of brakes to re-inflate.
- Students practice #3 above under direct instructor supervision.
- Instructor demonstrates forward pull up and launch technique on a suitable slope in 0 to 8 mph wind, including launch abort technique, and demonstrates straight flight and landing, including proper use of brakes and proper position in the harness for landing.
- Students practice #5 above under direct instructor supervision.
- Ground School – Learn the theoretical fundamentals of flying a paraglider using tools such as simulators and videos.
EQUIPMENT (INCLUDING NOMENCLATURE)
• Canopy. Including classes of canopies, and suitability of the various classes to different levels of pilot experience
• Reserve Parachute
• Spinal Protection
AERODYNAMICS AND METEOROLOGY
• Lift and how it is produced
• Stalls and what causes them
• Flight heading and ground track, crabbing
• Wind, rotors, thermals, turbulence, gradient
• Preflight of Canopy
• Preflight of harness
• Preflight of reserve
• Putting on and adjusting harness
• Clipping harness into canopy
• Attaching reserve
• Line clearing procedure
• How to hold brakes
CANOPY CONTROL ON THE GROUND
• Front pull up and launch
• Reverse pull up and launch
Rescue parachute deployment; When to deploy, how to deploy – practice in a simulator canopy packing and maintenance.
CANOPY CONTROL IN THE AIR (PERFORM ALL ON SIMULATOR)
• Speed control with brakes
• Speed to fly – use of airspeed in different conditions
• Using Brakes to Stop Pitch Oscillations
• Use of front risers
• Turning control with weight shift
• Turning control with brakes
• Turning control with risers
• Landing Technique
• Constant Stall
• Full Stall
• Deliberate Collapses
• Big Ears
• One Side Collapse
• Front Collapse
• Front Horseshoe Collapse
• Recovering From Turbulence Induced Collapses
• Directional Control
• Positive Spins
• Negative Spins
• Flight Plans – Why you need one, how to make one
FLIGHT WITH TURNS –REVERSE LAUNCHES
• Student practices flight with turns of 90 degrees change of heading, maximum 45 degrees from straight into wind.
• Student practices flight with turns of 180 degrees change of heading, maximum 90 degrees from straight into wind.
• Student uses turns to set up approach for landing accuracy.
• Students practice reverse launches
• Student makes and executes a specific flight plan
• Student practices turns of 180 degrees change heading, with headings up to 180 degrees from wind direction.
• Student practices aircraft approach, with landing accuracy.
• Student practices controlling glide path for landing accuracy.
• Student practices flight across the wind direction, controlling ground track by crabbing.
• Student practices canopy control maneuvers:
– Big ears
– Asymmetric tip folds with opposite brake to control direction
– Asymmetric tip folds allowing turn and correcting
– Wing collapse using front riser, with opposite brake to control direction
– Wing collapse using front riser, allowing turn and correction
– Brakes induced pitch oscillations and recovery
IN CLASSROOM – GROUND SCHOOL – SOARING SKILLS AND METEOROLOGY – USING VIDEO AND WRITTEN MATERIALS
• Meteorology – including weather, sources of wind, stability and instability in atmosphere, thermals, gradient, turbulence, rotors, gusts.
• Right of way rules
• FAR Part 103
• USHGA basic safety recommendations
• Crosswind Launch
• Cliff launch both calm and windy
• Speeds to fly – airspeed control – flight at minimum sink – danger of constant stall and accidental stall and spin
• 360 degree turns
• Thermalling techniques – how to thermal with other paragliders, how to thermal with hangliders
• Ridge soaring techniques – rules of the ridge – ridge soaring with other paragliders – ridge soaring with hang gliders
• Side hill landing techniques
ALTITUDE FLIGHTS – SOARING
• Crosswind launches
• Assisted launches as pilots and launch assistants
• Cliff launches, calm and windy (optional at this stage)
• Airspeed control in flight
• 180 degree turns in significant wind, controlling ground track
• Thermal soaring away from the hill in mild conditions
• Ridge soaring in moderate smooth winds
• Side hill landings
IN CLASSROOM – GROUND SCHOOL
• Review of canopy owner’s manual – including operating limitations
• Written exam
• Instructor / Student Discussion (Attitude Check ?)
• USHPA P-2 Rating Registration
• USHPA License Registration