Basic Paragliding Course BPC-1
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Basic Paragliding Course

Detailed Description

The BPC-1, the first 6 flights Course

The BPC-1 is the first step by a person who wants to learn and start Paragliding. It is also great if you have got a touch of paragliding from somewhere but are still unsure of your capabilities. It allows you to achieve flying confidence and get a feel for the sport. If you have limited time, maybe you are on holiday, or you can only get a few days off work then the BPC-1 is the right choice for you.

Lasting approximately 3 days, the first day of the course is the same as the intro day. Then our instructional team will take you to our launch site. Six flights usually spread over 2 days, where you complete the syllabus below. Following completion of BPC-1, students may choose to continue with their PG-2. You will experience a sense of real achievement.

Training begins on a gentle slope learning to take off and land. We conduct ground handling which allows you to learn the basic controls. Theory sessions are given on weather, flight theory, airmanship and airlaw.

General description

A Beginner pilot has the knowledge and basic skills necessary to fly and practice under direct instructor supervision and within significant operating limitations. The pilot understands the CAA rules applicable to Paragliding and Pak Paragliding paragliding systems and recommended operating limitations.

Course Syllabus:

  1. Correctly unpack / pack the paraglider and harness and correctly lay out the paraglider.
  2. Demonstrate the 5-point pre-flight check.
  3. Demonstrate Paraglider wing establishment (inflation) - check, correct and take-off or cancel take-off. 
  4. Have completed at least 6 satisfactory paragliding flights on at least 2 separate days, showing consistently good take-offs, landings, and directional control.
  5. Be able to land in a standing position.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of hard landing technique. 
  7. Demonstrate an ability to assess suitable weather conditions for paragliding.
  8. Be able to evaluate suitable launch and landing areas. 
  9. Demonstrate a safe attitude towards paragliding.
  10. Maintain an accurate up to date log book.

Beginner Required Witnessed Tasks

  • Attends and completes a basic ground training/ handling secession.
  • Layout and preflight of paraglider wing and harness.
  • Demonstrates paraglider wing handling skills sufficient to launch —under control.
  • With each flight, demonstrates method(s) of establishing that pilot is properly connected to the paraglider wing, with cleared lines and risers, just prior to inflation.
  • Launch unassisted, showing:
    • Proper inflation and run.
    • Pendulum control during launch.
    • Directional control.
    • Smooth transition from running to flying, during launch.
  • Airspeed recognition and control:
    • Two flights, predetermined to show:
      • Constant airspeed.
      • Smooth straight flight towards a pre-selected target.
      • Safe, smooth landing, on feet, into wind.
    • Two flights, predetermined to show:
      • Confident, slight variation in airspeed showing awareness of control inputs and pendulum control.
      • Smoothly increasing airspeed, and smoothly slowing airspeed showing good control.
      • Safe, smooth landing, on feet, into wind.
  • Shows the ability to recognize and understand how different wind conditions at this site will affect their flights.
  • Wind direction.
  • Wind velocity.
  • Terrain shape.
  • Obstructions.
  • On each flight, demonstrates proper post-landing procedure, to include, but not limited to:
  • Paraglider wing deflation.
  • Paraglider wing immobilization.
  • Checking traffic.
  • Removal of Paraglider wing from landing area.
  • Disconnection from the Paraglider wing.
  • Demonstration of understanding of the importance of proper packing, storage, and care of the Paraglider wing.
  •  The pilot shall use good judgment and have a level of skill and maturity commensurate with the .
  •  Pass the Pak Paragliding Beginner written exam.
  •  Must agree to all the provisions of the Pak Paragliding standard waiver and assumption of risk agreement for the Beginner and deliver an original signed copy to the Pak Paragliding office. 

Operating Code of Conduct for Beginner Pilots:

  1. Should qualify after demonstrating complete mastery of the required Beginner paragliding tasks.
  2. Should acquire a full understanding of the potential problems and dangerous situations which may arise as a result of violation of this code of conduct by crossing the limitations.
  3. Should only fly under the direct supervision of a Pak Paragliding Certified Basic or Advanced Paragliding Instructor.
  4. Should fly only in steady winds of less than 20 Km per hour.
  5. If foot launching, should only foot launch on slopes of 3:1 - 4:1, where wind is within 15° of being straight up the slope.
  6. Should launch only when there are no obstructions within 60° to either side of the intended flight path, and when pilot may fly straight out from launch to landing with no need to maneuver and no possibility of over-flying the landing area.
  7. Should fly appropriate sites for this skill level.
  8. Should fly a Paraglider wing recommended by the manufacturer as suitable for Beginner or Novice pilots. 

Equipment - Paragliding equipment is not included in the course fee. (Students are advised not to buy any equipment without an instructors advice! There is a lot of unsuitable and dangerous equipment out there!)

What to wear Ankle supporting boots, long sleeved top and trousers, thin gloves, hill walking clothes.

Food Bring a packed lunch and water.

Fitness - The fitter you are the easier it is to get back up the hill for repeated flights done! You will be carrying a 12kg rucksack up a slope. You need to be medically fit and not on any medication that could effect you if in doubt consult your doctor.

Risks - Paragliding is an aviation sport which involves inherent risks which are kept to a minimum by operating under strict safety guidelines and following the limits prescribed for your Pilot Rating in the correct weather conditions with the right equipment. But there still remains an element of risk.

Weather - paragliding is weather dependent. You book a time that suits then call the day before to see if the weather forecast is suitable for flying. If its not suitable the day can be moved to another day that suits you.

No refunds can be given, the course is valid for the flying season so you can come back to finish your course if you need to. You can arrange to pay for your training per day if you prefer.

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