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Learning to fly hang gliders or paragliders

LEARNING TO FLY PARAGLIDERS

Almost all paraglider pilots learn to fly at a commercial paragliding school. Initial training is carried out on a flat field, then quickly progresses up shallow slopes to high flights. It is not unusual for students to progress to high flights on the first day of training. Training to a stage that allows pilots to fly unsupervised can take from 7 days to a couple of months or more. As well as the practical skills needed to fly the paraglider, schools teach meteorology, flight theory, piloting skills and air law.

The New Zealand Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association has 3 solo pilot ratings:

  • PG1 is a student pilot rating that allows student pilots to fly at PG1 and PG2
    rated flying sites under the supervision of an instructor.
  • PG2 allows pilots to fly at PG1 and PG2 rated sites unsupervised and PG3 rated
    sites under the supervision of a PG3 rated pilot.
  • PG3 is an advanced solo rating required to become an instructor
    or tandem paraglider pilot.

Contact Steve O'Shaughnessy on 0274 324 874 or Parapro Ltd on 0800 548 323


LEARNING TO FLY HANG GLIDERS

You cannot teach yourself to fly safely but a club instructor or commercial school with modern equipment can teach you quickly and safely. Initial training is usually from flat ground to low slopes, followed by higher flights as your ability and confidence allows. Training to a stage that allows pilots to fly unsupervised can take from 7 days to a couple of months or more depending on available time and weather conditions. As well as the practical skills needed to fly the hang glider, schools teach meteorology, flight theory, piloting skills and air law.

The New Zealand Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association has 4 solo pilot ratings:

  • Beginner (Hang 1) is a student pilot rating that allows student pilots to fly
    at Beginner and Novice rated flying sites under the supervision of an instructor.
  • Novice (Hang 2) allows pilots to fly at Beginner and Novice rated sites
    unsupervised and Intermediate rated sites under the supervision of an instructor.
  • Intermediate (Hang 3) allows pilots to fly at Beginner, Novice and Intermediate
    rated sites unsupervised and Advanced rated sites under the supervision of an instructor.
  • Advanced (Hang 4) allows pilots to make their own judgement of site and weather suitability.

Contact Canterbury Hang Gliding School on 326 6411.