I Primarily work with people who know they want to become paraglider pilots. If you want to come to the training hills and fields to get an introduction and watch me work with another student feel free. And it's free. I can also meet you in a park and show you the gear and books involved and answer any questions you have.
Judgment is absolutely vital in this sport. If you are
taught to disregard certain incidents as unimportant or aren't taught the
significance of your judgment and how it relalates to your operating limitations and the weather is you may never be conscious of the reality of
your flying and paragliding will quickly become scary or you wont even notice
your flying is.Make sure to ask your instructor any and
everything you need to know to fully understand the dynamics of flight for the
conditions you will be in and the terminology surrounding our sport. And make
sure not to let anyone or anything rush you into equipment or conditions that
you haven’t had appropriate experience and training working up to. Don’t let an
instructor tell you what conditions are good for you, ASK. Understand. You are
the pilot. You need to understand and respect your operating limitations. That
way you won’t be flying in conditions you shouldn’t be and will be able to
understand and explain what happens during your flights.Get an instructor who you can consistently seek
out further training with and kites and flies WITH you. And never be afraid to
question the instruction you’re being given when something doesn’t look, seem,
or feel right. If you’re on launch and you’re not psyched there is a good
chance you’re in conditions you shouldn’t fly in. Having an instructor who has
you understand what conditions are within your limits so you decide from the
very first flight is crucial to you being your own pilot. Learn how to fly with
me and you wont need to worry about any of that.
As a beginner pilot it is key to understand that a lot of the practice that needs to be done, especially in the beginning, is done in the park or nearby field, throughout the days learning weather, and gaining judgment appreciation. Knowing that this sport will require the proper judgement, which at times takes great respect, patience, and many other virtuous principles, is also a vital component to having a life of fun adventurous flying.
For the Love of Safety Read This!!!
Don’t let financial insecurity effect your decisions with a sport like paragliding. Accept the fact that it is not a cheap sport and that you might have to save in order to get quality instruction and quality gear. YOU'RE NOT SAVING MONEY BUYING CHEAP PARAGLIDING GEAR!! There is plenty to do for the season or two you are saving. There is an incredible amount to be learned by coming to the hill and watching, driving for the pilots flying XC, being a volunteer at comps, going to your local pilots meetings, studying weather, studying weather, studying weather, check out the local instructors, ask the locals who’s the safest, and you will also be helping to teach the pilots who bought cheap used gear, got bad instruction, and fly like it, that there is a better way to go as long as you respect the sport and have patience. It’s that type of attitude that will insure you with a life full of fun flying. I have had numerous students save for 2 seasons plus, now they are flying well with great equipment. I'M SURE YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW MANY STUDENTS WE HAVE TO TELL THAT THE STUFF THEY BOUGHT ON EBAY IS NOT AS AIRWORTHY AS THEY WERE TOLD.
Kiting is a Sport Unto Itself
With me you will become the type of pilot who frequents the parks/fields, a lot now and always. I will go to the park a lot with you to show you how to get good at inspecting while you lay out, lines and wing. Set up, hook in, hook in forward, backwards, practice launching turning left and right. Practice reverse and forward launches as many times as it takes so that with your eyes looking forward your focus is on feeling the weight in your harness and the subtle pressure so well that if any part of the paraglider isn’t fully inflated YOU will FEEL IT, and everything else will be second nature. Lay out markers as if they were the edge and know at what point you would need to abort by if everything isn’t just right. Practice aborting launches. Then work on kiting and ground handling in stronger conditions. Work on getting the wing above your head than get your eyes back on the horizon and kite. Learn how to kite the wing and not let it kite you. Set up obstacles to kite through and get good at feeling its every move without having to see it. Let it be as though the risers were muscles that extended up to the wings and all of it an extension of your body. This way you will be heavy with the weight shift and not heavy on the brakes.
Finesse is the name of the game. When you let it start to get away from you if you try to over power the wing the wing will win. Wings love weight shift kiting and flying. Practice kiting with big ears in stronger winds, bring it up and fold half strongly and try to keep it in the air. Practice getting really really good at kiting so in the right wind you could walk over, around and on top of obstacles in control.
Practice aborts in stronger winds and know how to deflate the wing in numerous ways. Deflate it with A’s, C’s, D’c, with brake wraps. Experiment so you know for yourself what gets your wing back down on the ground fast for yourself, before it picks you up.
Master Your Pre-Flight
I will show you first then you will have ample time to practice and MASTER YOUR PRE-FLIGHTS. You doing this on your own will save a bundle of time with me on the training hill, enabling me to get you in the air that much quicker for more flights. I can can teach you a pre-flight, but it is up to you to practice it and know it’s done before you launch. Always remember, you are the pilot in command. If you hear your instructor saying ,..“This cycle is good for you…GO.”.., get a new instructor. Learn to recognize your limitations immediately. This wont be hard at all if you have good instruction, ask questions, and practice. With me you will become ready to fly on your own BEFORE I sign your P2 card.
Learn to take a hint from Mother Nature. Don’t make her tell you twice. When you’re kiting and that big gust comes out of nowhere, wrap it up. It’s amazing what you can learn by kiting a lot when you’ve learned to have the right attitude. Plus you get to master your pre-flights, which is one of the most important of them all. And my bet is that you won’t be one of the pilots letting their wing frontal then horseshoe way too close to the hill. You can practice setting up so you’re ready for launch sites. You will know that launch is for launching. Not setting up. You won’t need your instructor to help you off the hill after your P2 in P2 conditions at a P2 site. You will know and respect your limitations and be ready. Not to mention people of all levels will love flying with you because no matter your experience, you will be observing the site rules and never in the way of the other pilots or doing things that makes them scared of and for you.
So,..if you know you want to become a paraglider, you want to get good thorough instruction, be in an atmosphere where you feel free to ask any question, buy airworthy equipment, learn your limitations and respect them, kite kite kite kite like a pro, study weather study weather study weather so you have a whole new appreciation for it, and know your limitations so you are your own pilot from the first flight on...... train with me and join my students who will all tell you they're really glad they started and continue to train with me.
Desert Wind Paragliding LLC
Advanced Instructor 81661