What is paragliding?
is paragliding different from Hang Gliding?
Paragliding is the most exhilarating and peaceful, simple, yet challenging
form of aviation
yet devised.The modern paraglider has opened up the skies to thousands
of people from
all walks of life, right across the globe.It is a sport that unites people's differences, giving
them a unique
common interest,To pursue mans oldest dream to fly like a bird.
paragliders were directly developed from ram air parachutes,
which during the late
80's were found to be able to be foot-launched
from steep hills. As the Sport developed,
so did the technology, and now paragliders are closer to aircraft than parachutes.
now possible to soar paragliders for many hours, thousands
of feet above the ground and
be able to fly great distances.
Paragliding is very similar to hang gliding, in fact they are essentially
the same activity
done with slightly different equipment. Hang gliders
have a more rigid frame than paragliders
The advantage of paragliders
is that they can be packed into a rucksack and carried more
easily. They are also much easier to land, which gives them a big advantage. Is Paragliding
Safe? Paragliding,like any other adventure sport, has
its associated risks and dangers.
To operate safely in any kind of aviation
environment one must strive at all times to minimise
those risks. The
most important pre-requisites to learning to fly safely are: pilot attitude,
competent instruction, and safe equipment. If these conditions are met
the slow speeds
and inherent stability of paragliders can provide a
reasonably safe and easy way to fly,
however there is no completely
safe form of aviation and the pilot must assume full
for his actions.
can fly a paraglider?
You must be over 16 years to obtain a pilot rating. 14 years
to begin training. There is no upper age limit. You need to
be reasonably fit and have good vision. If you have any weaknesses
or medical problems please seek medical advice and then inform
us we also provide tandem flights (for any age) and training
for people with more severe disabilities with the help of the
charity 'Flyability'. It is also a possibility.
Is it hard
No! Our school uses the latest techniques to teach you how to fly as
safely as possible,
following systems which have been developed over
many years, and are the approved
method of the sports national association;the BHPA. All our instructors are qualified by
the BHPA, and are experienced
and enthusiastic pilots themselves. Your first lessons
will have some
basic theory and demonstrations, and then with the help of your instructor
it's your turn! Now the fun really begins. We won't start by taking
you to a hill and throwing
you off, but begin with some ground control.
Then gradually progressing to short flights on
gentle grassy slopes,
moving on to the next stage only when you are ready.
do you need?
The school will provide the paraglider wing, harness and helmet. All
you need to bring is
warm outdoor clothes, gloves, strong grippy Boots
(No hooks), packed lunch, drinks and
a good sense of fun and humour!
We would encourage you to buy your own equipment
from us when you are
sure the sport is for you. It is often better to train on your own
Please ask our advice before you buy. There is so much to know to buying
the right equipment. Most people who buy without the advice of an experienced
buy the wrong thing.. Often a very costly mistake!
sales are an important part of how we make our living and so we need
sales to keep us going! Students who buy their equipment from us
will always get priority
with bookings and will have the benefit of
having kit that is exactly right for them. All our
second hand kit will
be sold with a full years independent service and safety check. If
not right for you you can change it or part ex it for something
else. We want to make sure
Axis students are happy and confident in
their equipment and training.
about the weather?
Paragliding is a sport that is very dependant on the weather
as flying is only possible in certain conditions. A good flyable
day is one where there is light wind and no rain. Clouds (except
Cb) are not a problem; a dull overcast day with light winds
can often be better than one in blazing sunshine.
Our Abroad courses offer you a way to get a block of training
days together, and are a fun and great holiday too.
Why choose Axis...
1/ Getting to CP level should take about 8-10 days of tuition.
( this is usually
not taken in a block, unless you have links with the
2/ We will teach you One to One, or in small groups of the same standard!
program of courses abroad to get you off to the best start, even in
use Tandem paragliding Tuition. - Quite often the conditions may be
strong to teach you solo, so we can get you to fly many of the tasks on our
tandem with the Instructor.
You may be surprised to learn that this is very unusual
in other UK
schools, mainly because of large group sizes mean people standing
for hours, or no Tandem qualified instructor is available.
5/ F lexible
payment system. Only pay for the days you do! pay per day. UK courses
can be transferred to overseas, and vice versa. You will not pay for
bad weather days,
if cancelled you just rebook. If weather dictates
we can only do a part day, or half a
day you will only be charged for
are probably situated in the best flying area in the UK, with more slopes
train on, (several private sites) taking more wind directions. Sites
2400 feet amsl. More easily soarable sites- makes passing those
CP tasks much easier!