Paragliding

Para Pro 1

Para Pro 1 - Student Pilot

Experience Requirements: Students wishing to apply for a Para Pro 1 rating must, under the direct supervision of an Instructor:

  • Complete a minimum of three days instruction.
  • Demonstrate their proficiency in ground handling.
  • Completed a minimum of ten low flights to the satisfaction of their instructor.

Airmanship Requirements and Operating Limitations:

  • All flights must be conducted with the instructor in direct contact with the student, by radio, at all times, so that instructions may be delivered to the student in a clear and calm manner. Reliance on pre-flight instructions or shouted instructions, once airborne, is not acceptable. The student’s radio should be mounted on or near the shoulder of the harness, with the volume adjusted to allow for easy hearing.
  • The instructor must be convinced that the student is able to take care of their own safety while ground handling or conducting low level flights, and that they have mastered the knowledge and skill requirements specified for Para Pro 1 before allowing them to continue to Para Pro 2.
  • Students must conduct all their training activities under the direct supervision of a Certified Flying Instructor. They are not permitted to attempt or practice any training activities outside of the training school environment.
  • Students must attach a broad red ribbon to their harness, such that it is visible when ground handling and in flight, to alert other pilots to the fact that they have limited control of their wing and to give the student plenty of space.
  • Students training towards Para Pro 1 must not attempt to fly at altitude, as per Para Pro 2. They are restricted to ground handling and low flights, generally not exceeding 50 metres above the ground.
  • Students must not attempt to launch if other gliders are in the air anywhere near their area of operations. Instructors will limit airborne training activities such that there is only ever one glider in the air at a time.
  • Students are not permitted to attempt or engage in ridge soaring, thermal soaring or cross country (XC) flying.
  • Students training towards Para Pro 1 are restricted from training in all but the very lightest of winds, not exceeding 10mph (16Km/h) straight up the hill. Conditions must be smooth and stable at all times with no gusting or thermal influence.
  • Students are restricted to training on either flat ground or a beginner’s hill, which, ideally, is a smooth gentle slope with very low vegetation, grass, peat-moss, heather or sand, with a profile that allows for low flights with the type of glider in use. The take-off and landing areas and the area in between should be free of obstacles and other hazards, with a good clear margin on either side. It should be possible to do the whole flight in a straight line without the need to manoeuvre.
  • All flights must be written up in the Student’s Training Record and Log Book.
  • Students are not permitted to fly in competitions.

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