Below is an overview of the syllabus for the Paragliding Club Pilots Course, which consists of further 20 exercises over 5 phases;
Phase 6 – Pre Soaring
Exercise 21 -Pre-soaring: Theory of soaring flight; more developed knowledge on weather assessment, site assessment, flight planning, rules of the air.
Exercise 22 – 180 degree turns: The student will demonstrate competence at unassisted launches and turns up to and beyond 180 degrees.
Exercise 23 – Planned Approaches: The student will demonstrate competence at controlled landings in different conditions and using different techniques, within a designated area.
Phase 7 – Soaring
Exercise 24 - Soaring flights (5) : Utilizing ridge lift to maintain and / or gain height.
Exercise 25 - Top Landing Theory (and may be practical): Learning safe and controlled top landings on at least two sites in different conditions (this is now optional).
Exercise 26 - Flying with others: Putting the Rules of the Air into practice in the company of other aircraft.
Phase 8 – Getting Airborne
Exercise 27 -Exploring the speed range: Speed to fly concept; fast and slow flight
Exercise 28 – Accelerator Systems: Learning to use the speed bar and trim setting devices.
Exercise 29 – Forward Launching: Further development of forward launching skills, preparation for forward launching on Alpine sites, etc.
Exercise 30 – Reverse Launching: Further practice of reverse launching; honing reverse launch techniques.
Exercise 31 – Weight-shift and pitch-roll co-ordination in turns: Steering the glider with weight-shift harness inputs.
Exercise 32 – Cross-wind and slope landings (Theory) may be done in Practice with various landing techniques; potential hazards involved discussed.
Phase 9 – Instability & Emergencies
Exercise 33 – Theory: Tree and water landing procedures; PLF refresher; emergency parachute systems; alternative control systems; instability and turbulence.
Exercise 34 – Active flying: Flying in turbulent air techniques.
Exercise 35 – Rapid descent techniques: The use of ‘big ears’ descent technique.
Exercise 36 – Dealing with an asymmetric tuck: Practicing how to deal effectively with small tucks.
Phase 10 – Theory & Exam
Exercise 37 – 40 – Theory: Meteorology, Principles of flight, Rules of the Air and Airlaw, General Airmanship knowledge with hill soaring theory.
Exercise 41 - You get to show / prove that you are ready to fly outside the supervision of a school and instructor. You are now qualified as a Club Pilot, go fly!
Safety and school equipment:
On your CP course the student is expected to purchase their own equipment. Peak Airsports has all the equipment required, new and second hand for sale and gives the best deals to its own students (always).
Please note: A student who uses School kit does so with the understanding that ‘if damaged’ by the student it will need to be covered at the cost of the student involved, thank you.