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Green Dragons

- Paragliding

About Paragliding:
An exciting flying sport

Tandem
Sit back and enjoy the ride, whilst our instructor flies the parachute for you!

Unforgettable Fun, with no experience required.

Fun Day
Flying solo. Your first step to being hooked to a new sport. This is also a popular and great gift.

Elementary Pilot
The first qualification status. Progressing to higher and more skilled flights, with instruction.

Club Pilot
The first qualification to enable you to fly unaided, without instruction.

...and More
our students have progressed to competition piloting, attending overseas flying holidays, instructor status and so much more.


 

Elementary Pilot - Paragliding

  • First Flying Qualification
  • Attaining Higher flights
  • Controlling Direction & accurate landing
  • Weather Appreciation
  • Theory sessions
  • First recognised BHPA qualification
  • Modern Paragliders
  • Expert instruction

The Elementary pilot course takes 5 days or less.
The EP is a great starting point for students to experience flying a paraglider solo to higher heights than you are able to on a funday.

Throughout the course flight duration & heights achieved gradually increase.
Upon mastering the basics and safe consistent landing approaches students will learn turning manoeuvres up to 180 degrees and reaching heights of up to 300ft or more. Your progress is plotted in your personal Log Book at Green Dragons.

EP confirms you as having a clear understanding of the basics for flying a paraglider. The licence, whilst enabling you to fly a paraglider solo, requires that an instruction is present at all times. Upon completing the next progression step, Club Pilot, you will be qualified without instruction.

As part of the EP course there are 4 lectures, lasting approximately 20minutes. These lectures cover Meteorology, Air Law, Airmanship, and Theory of Flight. The final step is taking a 30 minute multiple choice exam with 70% being the pass rate.

Specific Syllabus Steps

PHASE1 (Ground Training)

  • Introductory Talk
  • Site Assessment Briefing
  • Introduction to canopy and equipment
  • Avoiding / Minimising injury

PHASE 2 (Ground Handling)

  • Pre flight checks
  • Getting into the glider
  • Launching the glider
  • Directional control

PHASE 3 (First Hops)

  • Getting Airborne (low level)

PHASE 4 (Flight Exercises)

  • Eventualities
  • Communications (radio, bat signals etc)
  • Responsibility briefing
  • Higher flights
  • Introducing turns
  • Making basic flight plans

PHASE 5 (Theory and Exam)

  • 4 Theory lectures
  • EP exam

Cost
An Elementary Pilot course costs £599.
Book 10 EP Courses and the 10th goes free, or you can share the saving.

If any days are cancelled due to bad weather you can book another date and will not lose any credit.

Timing
You need to call at 21:00hr the evening before to get an update on the weather conditions and a start time for the following day.

You need to be ready and prepared to be here at 07:00hr onwards pending your instructors announcing of your start time. Please make sure you are wearing boots, casual clothing, and you have food and drink with you for the day. We have a toilet block and hot drinks available.

Weight and Age
The minimum age limit for a paragliding fun day is 14. Under 18's need parental consent to undertake the course.

Due to restraints of each glider, there is an upper weight limit of 23 stone.
You must be in good health, and reasonably fit. Please contact us if you are unsure.

Other considerations
All course credit will remain for 12 months from purchase/the duration of course completion.

Gift vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. The flight/course must be booked within this time period. No refund or extension will be given for expired vouchers. This cannot be negotiated.

Green Dragons are open 7 days a week, all year round. And yes we do fly in the winter! Some of our best training days are held during the winter.

 

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- Communications:

Forum:
We encourage everyone to join our forum.

Whether you need help, advice or just a browse to learn more about us and the sport, you can read it from those who know, or those who want to.

We find this a great medium for communication within our team and members.

Club:
Green Dragons, the Club, was established in the early 70s.

Club members enjoy this social aspect of Green Dragons and we encourage all students and especially non-flyers.

We try to arrange many events throughout the year, whether a family camping weekend or BBQ and holidays, all for our members.

Flying Buddies:
Subscribe here today. An excellent tool for all pilots to communicate.

Find out where and when others are going flying, last minute or in the coming weeks.

Newsletter:
Join to our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter The Buzz. This includes all aspects of news and event coverage.

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- Links:

FreeX UK:
FreeX is just one of the many suppliers and branded products supplied in our shop.

Met Office:
Official Met Office website for worldwide weather conditions.

XCweather:
Near real-time maps of wind & pressure from coastal & airfield METAR stations.

BBC weather updates:
including UK rainfall radar, satellite imaging. Updated regularly.

Weather Online:
Comprehensive GB weather site, including isobars / isotachs-10m, 900hPa Wind vectors.

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