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Elementary Pilot Course
EP : Elementary Pilot course.
Following the BHPA syllabus for beginners the elementary pilot paragliding course is the first flying qualification. Think of it as stage one on the BHPA rating scheme. Over the course we focus on mastering the basic skills required to paraglide safely. Your progress is plotted in your personal BHPA training log book. EP confirms you have a clear understanding of the basics for flying a paraglider. The licence, whilst enabling you to fly a paraglider solo, does not qualify you to fly outside of the school. The Club pilot is the next rating you need to fly unsupervised anywhere in the world. All equipment provided during training.
The Club Pilot (CP) paragliding course follows on from the Elementary Pilot course, again following the BHPA syllabus. The Club Pilot course is the minimum BHPA rating you will need in order to paraglide anywhere in the world, without an instructor present. During your paragliding course with us we will work towards developing your paragliding skills in order to make you a safe and competent pilot.
You need to have obtained your elementary pilot.
At the end of your course there will be a final assessment to ensure that you are safe to fly in the club.
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PHASE 1: Ground Training
Site Assessment Briefing
Introduction to canopy and equipment
Parachute landing roll
PHASE 2: Ground Handling
Pre flight checks
Getting into the glider
Launching the glider
PHASE 3: First Hops
Getting Airborne at low level
PHASE 4: Flight Exercises
Communications (radio, bat signals etc)
Responsibility briefing – you are the pilot in command!
Basic flight plans
PHASE 5: Theory and Exam
Theory lecture on meteorology, principles of flight, anti collision and airlaw
EP 30 minute exam – (70% pass rate)
BHPA CLUB PILOT SYLLABUS:
Before undertaking the Club Pilot you must have successfully complete the BHPA Elementary Stage Paragliding (Hill). A check flight may be required in circumstances where there has been a significant interruption in the training program.
PHASE 6: Pre-Soaring
180 degree turns
PHASE 7: Soaring
PHASE 8: Improving your skills
PHASE 9: Instability and emergencies
PHASE 10: Theory and examinations
Final assessment for club pilot:
If you have successfully reached the standard of airmanship required to fly safely and competently and have the right attitude to flying then you are given the BHPA Club Pilot Rating by our CFI.
Flying with others
Ground handling in light and strong winds
Exploring the speed range
Accelerated flight, speed bar
Forward launch technique
Weight shift and pitch control
Theory of collapses, spin, stall, spirals, tree landings, PLF, line failure
Rapid descent technique
Dealing with tucks
Principles of flight
Rules of the air
Sit the Hill environment exam (25 questions)
Sit the CP exam (56 questions)
What to expect…
We give you direction to the flying site
We drive up to the take off area
Meet your instructor and go through the flight briefing
Take off! We aim to do one longer soaring flight or multiple shorter flights depending on the weather conditions
After you have flown you can leave straight from the flying site or stick around there is always pilots flying on flyable days.
We are a British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA) approved and regulated school, therefore all students must be a member of the BHPA whilst training. BHPA membership gives you third party insurance and allows you to gain any BHPA ratings. The cost of this is not included in the course and will need to be paid for by you. Flying Member
12 Months3rd Party Insurance, 12 issues of Skywings Magazine, Full BHPA Membership£149
(members paying by direct debit will receive an annual discount of £7 on renewal)An additional £25 Joining Fee must be paid when you join the BHPA. The Joining Fee does not apply to membership renewals where membership has been continuous.