Journey of Solo Paragliding Pilot|Step-by-Step Guide
Updated: Mar 10
Paragliding is an extreme and expensive adventure sport, and in India safety is the main concern. By following this step-by-step guide will help you plan your journey and ensure a safe and successful flight., you can ensure a safe and successful paragliding pilot carrier. In this blog, we have given all the information from starting as a beginner pilot to becoming an independent cross-country and acro pilot.
Solo paragliding requires planning and preparation. With proper training and guidance, solo paragliding can be an exciting, safe, and rewarding experience.
Please navigate this step-by-step guide by pointers below
Buy your paragliding equipment and join our pilot club (join for free)
Fly as a club pilot under the guidance of instructors or senior club pilots.
Complete the P4 course and continue practicing with the club pilots.
Complete the SIV course and continue flying with club pilots or independently.
Choose between acro or cross-country paragliding, and continuing your flying carrier.
First step - Complete P1, P2, and P3 course
The first step in becoming a paragliding pilot is completing the P1 and P2 courses. This seven-day course teaches basic paragliding skills such as how to fly the paraglider and control your flight. The next step is taking on the intermediate level of training called P3 (short for Para-Flight ).
These courses will teach you the basics of take-off, flying, and landing safety. You will also learn basic meteorology and air traffic rules. After completing all these courses you are now able to join any pilot club and fly under the supervision of your instructor.
Second step - Buy your paragliding equipment and join our pilot club (join for free)
The second step is to buy your paragliding equipment from a certified dealer. This will ensure that you get the best quality and service for your money. There is also a lot of good-condition second-hand equipment available. Please consult with your instructors before you buy one for yourself. After purchasing the equipment you can join the DreamAdventures pilot club for free and fly in a safe club environment.
Third step - Fly as a club pilot under the guidance of instructors or senior club pilots.
A third step is to fly as a club pilot under the guidance of instructors or senior club pilots. This means that you will be learning from experienced pilots who can help you become more confident in your skills safely and better able to control your paraglider.
Our senior team pilots and instructors are constantly traveling and flying all around India. You can check with club members and join them during your weekend or holidays and fly under our instructor or senior team pilots.
Fourth step - Complete the P4 course and continue practicing with the club pilots.
The fourth step is the P4 course. This is an advanced level of training and it will take you a few weeks to complete it. After 20 to 30 hours of flying and 40 to 50 takeoff and landing after P3, you can take your P4 pilot course.
In this course, you will learn advanced skills like thermalling, soaring, study on meteorology, and target landing skills. After this course, you will be able to gain height and can fly long-duration flights.
Fifth step - Complete the SIV course and continue flying with club pilots or independently.
After 40 to 50 hours of flying and 100 to 150 takeoff and landing after P4, now you can take your SIV (Simulation d'Incident en Vol) course. In SIV, you can learn about how your canopy handles and how to make control inputs in unstable situations. You can start with basic maneuvers and work up to more complicated ones. After this course, you will be able to gain more confidence in an emergency situation and save yourself by using a rescue parachute.
Sixth step - Choose between acro or cross-country paragliding, and continue your flying training.
At this point, after completing all the above courses and a total flight duration of 100 to 150 hours you have probably decided to fly acro or cross-country.
Acro-flying requires more skill and a level of fitness. If you choose to learn acro, it will take you about one year of training before being able to perform stunts in the air with your paraglider. In order to do this, you will need 10 hours of flight practice per week on average and a total of 100 hours spent practicing acrobatic maneuvers over water (depending on which type of airspace is available)
Cross-country pilots also need 10 hours per week but they spend most of their time soaring through the clouds at high altitudes during which they can enjoy stunning views from above while making their way through countries such as New Zealand, Australia, and France!
So, what are you waiting for? Get started now! Don’t wait because there is no better time than the present. You can start by reading this blog post and following the steps above to make your dream come true of becoming a paragliding pilot.