The Mountain Flying Clinic teaches important information about how to fly at “real” mountain sites that are obviously much different than hill-type sites where pilots are usually initially trained. This two-day event is geared specifically toward P-2 pilots, and should be taken as soon as possible after they complete their P-2 certification. Class instruction has been developed for those relatively new pilots who are now ready for a greater challenge and change of view.
The Mountain Flying Clinic or equivalent experience is a prerequisite for the Thermal Clinic and the Cross-Country Clinic.
The Thermal Clinic introduces and teaches the fundamental techniques and theories of thermal exploitation. Thermalling is finding and staying in upward moving parcels of air that can literally heighten the adventurous sensation of paragliding to a whole new and exciting dimension, because a thermal has the thrilling anti-gravity quality of “lift”. And mastering the art of thermalling is essential for anyone serious about experiencing the greatest possibilities of paragliding flight. Imagine using nature’s own elevator to rise up to exhilarating atmospheric heights, and then using those same thermals to go on extensive cross-country excursions far beyond your horizons of expectation.
Thermalling should be approached cautiously and with a high degree of safety awareness. It is not something that can be done safely without a great deal of instruction.
The Thermal Clinic or equivalent experience is a prerequisite for the Cross-Country Clinic.
Clinic Description:Tandem 1 is a student tandem rating, and permits the pilot to practice tandem flights with only other current USPHA-rated pilots as passengers. Receiving a Tandem 1 rating is usually conducted as an individualized private clinic. Please contact Ken to arrange a date and time and for further information.The Tandem 1 Clinic is a prerequisite for the Tandem Instructor Clinic.
The Tandem Instructor Clinic offers the opportunity for Tandem 1-rated pilots to become Tandem Instructors and become ambassadors for the sport of paragliding by being able to fly with a passenger.
Clinic Description:The Basic Instructor Clinic is three days of intensive training designed to make you a proficient and qualified paragliding instructor, and also authorizes qualified individuals to be able to issue P-1 and P-2 ratings.
The Advanced Instructor Clinic is a rich, one full day of instruction where experienced pilots come to share pertinent information, unique perspective, and their extensive understanding about the sport of paragliding, and to receive specialized training to become advanced USHGA certified paragliding instructors.
The Cross-Country Clinic thoroughly prepares paraglider pilots for long distance travel by incorporating a varied and complex array of condition assessment skills and flight mechanics to boldly go where no man’s gone before.