Below is an overview of the syllabus for the Paragliding Elementary Pilots Course, which consists of 19 exercises over 5 phases:
Phase 1 – Ground Training
Exercise 1 – Introduction and administration: BHPA membership; risk warning; site discipline and school rules; students health / medical conditions and an explanation of the Training Programme, Pilot Rating Scheme, Student Training Record book and appropriate clothing / footwear.
Exercise 2 – Daily site assessment briefings: site and any site hazards, airflow and airflow hazards, weather assessment.
Exercise 3 – Equipment introduction: parts and function of the wing, harness and helmet, how an aerofoil creates lift, daily inspections demonstrated, practiced and understood at a basic level.
Exercise 4 – Avoiding and minimising injury: safety techniques discussed, when and how to use them (with a demonstration from the Instructor). Then practiced to a good degree of competence with the student.
Exercise 5 - Briefings: pre-flight checks, taking off and landing into wind, airspeed control and the landing flare.
Exercise 6 - Preparation: putting on the helmet and harness, pre-flight checks.
Exercise 7 - Running with the wing: learning to flare / stall the wing on landing and post-flight control.
Exercise 8 – Directional control: making turns whilst running with the wing on the ground.
Phase 3 – Getting Airborne
Exercise 9 – Getting Airborne: the student will practice taking off, making small flights (typically no more than 5 metres ground clearance with tethers), and controlled landings.
Phase 4 – In Flight Exercises
Exercise 10 – Eventualities briefing: The need to prepare, before takeoff, plans to deal with the unexpected.
Exercise 11 – Commands and Communications briefing: This includes briefing on signals, bats, radios, verbal, as appropriate.
Exercise 12 – Responsibilities Briefing: From this point the student becomes a pilot in command and will be in a position to determine the course of the flight. The student must clearly understand their level of responsibility for the safe conduct of any flight.
Exercise 13 – Maintaining course and airspeed; including flights to maximum 15 metres/50 feet.
Exercise 14 – Introducing turns of up to 90 degrees.
Exercise 15 – Completing simple flight plans; involving further ground clearance / height, unassisted launches, controlled landings (within a designated area).
Phase 5 – In Flight Exercises
Exercise 16 – 18 – Lessons and personal study, to gain knowledge to the required level on Meteorology, Principles of Flight, Air-law and Rules of the Air.
Exercise 19 – Sit the Elementary Pilot Examination and Pass! You are now an Elementary Pilot in Paragliding!
You can now start the real flying and go on to start / complete your Club Pilot Course with us:-). Only after your CPC Notice course has been completed can you go out and fly without your instructor / school.
Please note: The lectures and exam can be completed anytime while on the EPC course (on a none - flying day)?