basic licence course
Congratulations! You have made the decision to get your basic licence and you are en route to becoming a certified paraglider pilot. The basic licence is the minimum requirement to legally fly without supervision or instruction at all the basic rated flying sites in South Africa. It is a thorough and intensive course designed to give you the basic building blocks on which to develop and enhance your paragliding skills after the course.
We believe that training in a safe environment (Wilderness, Kleinkrantz and Sedgeview) with a slow progression – from ground handling, dune hopping or ground skimming to doing flights from higher take off sites – is the best way to learn and improve your confidence and skill as a pilot. After your basic licence course we then introduce you to other Cape Town sites, like Lion’s Head, Porterville, Picketberg, Hermanus etc. Also, keep Easter weekend (19-22 April 2019) open for our Thermalling trip to Porterville.
Enquire now and we'll send you a breakdown of all the fees involved. During this course you will learn the following:
ZAR 16 470
2 weekends and 5 work days
Get to know the equipment, features and controls, in both a theoretical and practical way. Learn to unpack and repack your equipment and about the maintenance thereof.
Understand the necessity for safety checks before and after a flight and how to conduct them.
Learn the importance of underrunning the glider and progressively convert to bigger wings suitable for your first flight.
Complete all the manoeuvres required to qualify for the basic licence application.
Control the glider overhead in different wind conditions while completing tasks. Learn the importance of underrunning the glider and progressively convert to bigger wings suitable for your first flight.
Practice forward launches and reverse pull-ups with and without the front risers, using body weight to steer the glider while getting a feeling for the wing.
Go for a tandem if the weather conditions are too strong.
Learn to unpack and repack your equipment and about the maintenance thereof.
Assess wind direction, wind strength and topography and the layout of the glider relative to the wind and topography of the area.
Progress to doing ground skimming flights off the dunes in Wilderness.
Complete a minimum of 35 solo flights before submitting your basic license application.
Attend theory lectures on aerodynamics and micrometeorology and write the basic license test at the end of the course.
Book a return trip between Cape Town and Wilderness on our microbus at least three days prior to departure for ZAR 650. You will not need your own transport during the course.
Bed & Breakfast at the Wallend-Air House in George for ZAR 350/night. Enquiries should be made when booking the course.
WHAT TO BRING
Closed shoes like trainers or hiking boots. Long or mid length jeans or shorts. T-shirts. Long-sleeve top. Jacket. Flip flops. Sunglasses, hat and buff, sunscreen, lots of water, snacks (apples, nuts, energy bars, biltong), basic licence manual, pen, attachable camera phone, proof of payment.