Award Winning Instruction
All About Paragliding
Dixon White's DVD Training Series
Choose a reputable school
If you want to paraglide, and you want the best instruction available, then you want Eagle. There are important factors to consider before committing to a school. Learn to fly with our Award Winning Paragliding Instruction.
Become A Paraglider Pilot
Most students are Novice rated in 8-10 days. After certification you're an Eagle student for life. Benefits include continuing education, and priority invitations to our world class tours. Find out what it takes to be a Paraglider Pilot.
This is an absolutely incredible sport!
Paragliding is initially so simple that most new students fly within their first class. This is a sport where you get to have fun right away and then continue with a relatively quick learning curve. Within just a few days you might be soaring for hours. Your arms seem like wings as they control the paraglider above you; your flying position is as comfortable as a recliner. The thrill is unlike anything ever before experienced. For most of us the sport is the ultimate!
There are many different levels paragliding can be pursued. There are those who enjoy simple top of the hill to bottom of the hill sled rides. Some enjoy soaring in smooth ridge lift. There are those who want to gain thousands of feet of altitude and fly long distances. (The current world record is 502 Kilometers (312 miles). This is a sport of progressions that can fulfill years of learning - it is truly a life long sport/ZEN. Paragliding harbors the unique quality of being all at once the most simple, yet most complicated thing you may ever experience.
Regardless of each student's goals in paragliding, Eagle Paragliding has great facilities with top-notch instructors and state-of-the-art training equipment. Our Paragliding Training Hill is perfect with gentle unobstructed slopes, and a road to the top. You will appreciate the concern for safety and the focus on developing paragliding fundamentals that will help provide you with a more secure future in the sport. We will guide you in beginning to thermal, and eventually start cross-country flying. We love to teach people flying and it shows. Not all instruction is equal. Although paragliding isn't for everyone, it is certainly possible for almost anyone with basic athletic ability to quickly enjoy flight at our magnificent training facility.
Here are a few considerations prior to entering the sport.
1. Are you prepared mentally and physically? This sport requires a solid mature attitude, sharp mind as well as a solid frame and coordination.
2. Do you have time? You need a minimum of 8 to 10 training days to fly with ease as a certified solo pilot.
3. Do you have capital? This equipment is very inexpensive compared to most forms of aviation, but you should count on an investment of $4,000-$7,500. We will guide you toward the most ideal new and used equipment available. Certainly do not invest in any equipment without taking an introductory training course.
4. Can you access a reputable training center? We recommend you avoid instruction from anyone other than a certified instructor.
5. Is it legal in the areas you want to fly? You need to check with an airport sectional map, local restrictions and landowners. We can help guide you through this investigation. In addition, being naive or disregarding the law only serves to anger the public as well as other pilots. You can be fined and have your equipment confiscated.
OUR PROGRAM: "Practice is the mother of skill!"
Your training will focus on developing judgment. Understanding the weather is an important tool for the avid pilot and our training helps new pilots develop fundamental skills in the interpretation of micrometeorology. We will take you through a step by step development of your ground handling skills - which is crucial to your ability to manage a paraglider with confidence. We limit the beginner class size to no more than 2 new students per instructor per day. The program will include intense ground handling, exercises in meteorology, video, general discussion and simulator training. 2-meter radios are used for flight training. Tandem instruction is used when necessary.
Before purchasing equipment take a few lessons and develop a relationship with your instructor. Most instructors rely on repeat business and referrals. Although shopping for the best prices seems prudent, don't forget the value of maintaining the local instructor who helps safeguard the local sites and continuously upgrades techniques and knowledge. Temporary price savings for you may ultimately take away from your future in the sport.