Elementary Pilot Course
Elementary Pilot - Paragliding 4/5 days
- First Flying Qualification
- Attaining Higher flights
- Controlling Direction & accurate landing
- Weather Appreciation
- Theory sessions
- First recognised BHPA qualification
- Modern Paragliders
- Expert instruction
The Elementary pilot course takes 5 days or less.
The EP is a great starting point for students to experience flying a paraglider solo to higher heights than you are able to on a funday.
Throughout the course flight duration & heights achieved gradually increase.
Upon mastering the basics and safe consistent landing approaches students will learn turning manoeuvres up to 180 degrees and reaching heights of up to 300ft or more. Your progress is plotted in your personal Log Book at Green Dragons.
EP confirms you as having a clear understanding of the basics for flying a paraglider. The licence, whilst enabling you to fly a paraglider solo, requires that an instruction is present at all times. Upon completing the next progression step, Club Pilot, you will be qualified without instruction.
As part of the EP course there are 4 lectures, lasting approximately 20minutes. These lectures cover Meteorology, Air Law, Airmanship, and Theory of Flight. The final step is taking a 30 minute multiple choice exam with 70% being the pass rate.
Specific Syllabus Steps
PHASE1 (Ground Training)
- Introductory Talk
- Site Assessment Briefing
- Introduction to canopy and equipment
- Avoiding / Minimising injury
PHASE 2 (Ground Handling)
- Pre flight checks
- Getting into the glider
- Launching the glider
- Directional control
PHASE 3 (First Hops)
- Getting Airborne (low level)
PHASE 4 (Flight Exercises)
- Communications (radio, bat signals etc)
- Responsibility briefing
- Higher flights
- Introducing turns
- Making basic flight plans
PHASE 5 (Theory and Exam)
- 4 Theory lectures
- EP exam
An Elementary Pilot course costs £599.
Book 10 EP Courses and the 10th goes free, or you can share the saving.
If any days are cancelled due to bad weather you can book another date and will not lose any credit.
You need to call at 21:00hr the evening before to get an update on the weather conditions and a start time for the following day.
You need to be ready and prepared to be here at 07:00hr onwards pending your instructors announcing of your start time. Please make sure you are wearing boots, casual clothing, and you have food and drink with you for the day. We have a toilet block and hot drinks available.
Weight and Age
The minimum age limit for a paragliding fun day is 14. Under 18's need parental consent to undertake the course.
Due to restraints of each glider, there is an upper weight limit of 23 stone.
You must be in good health, and reasonably fit. Please contact us if you are unsure.
All course credit will remain for 12 months from purchase/the duration of course completion.
Gift vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. The flight/course must be booked within this time period. No refund or extension will be given for expired vouchers. This cannot be negotiated.
Green Dragons are open 7 days a week, all year round. And yes we do fly in the winter! Some of our best training days are held during the winter.
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