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BASIC LICENSE COURSE

SAHPA PILOT LICENSE
WALLEND-AIR IS A REGISTERED SAHPA PARAGLIDING SCHOOL

SAHPA BASIC PILOTS LICENSE

Congratulations on choosing the best SAHPA registered school in South Africa. You are now 12 days away from becoming a licensed basic paragliding pilot. Our qualified instructors have trained hundreds of pilots since 1987. We don’t just follow the SAHPA training manual, we wrote it.

The basic license 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 paragliding course, designed to give you the basic building blocks from 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 solo flights from higher take-off sites – is the best way to learn and improve your confidence and skill as a pilot.

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ADDITIONAL TRAINING:

If you are finished your basic SAHPA PILOTS LICENCE course and would like to fine-tune your skills, we will instruct and guide you to further improve your ground handling and flying skills.

Contact our office for dates and an individualized quote.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

BASIC LICENSE COURSE – SAHPA

EQUIPMENT

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.

GROUND CONTROL

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.

LAYOUT

Assess wind direction, wind strength and topography and the layout of the glider relative to the wind and topography of the area.

PARAGLIDING LICENSE SOUTH AFRICA SAFETY

Understand the necessity for safety checks before and after a flight and how to conduct them.

PULL-UPS

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.

GROUND SKIMMING

Progress to doing ground skimming flights off the dunes in Wilderness.

UNDER RUNNING

Learn the importance of underrunning the glider and progressively convert to bigger wings suitable for your first flight.

TANDEM

Go for a tandem if the weather conditions are too strong.

SOLO FLIGHTS

Complete a minimum of 35 solo flights before submitting your basic license application.

MANOEUVRES

Complete all the manoeuvres required to qualify for the basic licence application.

MAINTENANCE

Learn to unpack and repack your equipment and about the maintenance thereof.

THEORY

Attend theory lectures on aerodynamics and micrometeorology and write the basic license test at the end of the course.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

TRANSPORT

There are shuttles between Cape Town and Wilderness.
Note, you can also fly into George Airport and arrange transport from there.  
On the days that we train, our Wallend-Air vehicles will run you up and down the flying site.

ACCOMMODATION

Bed & Breakfast, Hotels & Backpackers are plentiful in the Wilderness area. We can assist with confirming accommodation.

WHAT TO BRING

* Closed shoes like trainers or hiking boots.
Flip flops.
* T-shirts. Long-sleeve top. Jacket.
* Long or mid-length longs or shorts. 
* Sunglasses, hat, and buff, sunscreen.
* Lots of water, snacks (apples, nuts)
* Basic license manual, pen, and attachable camera phone.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need my own glider?

No, Wallend-Air provides all your training equipment.

What if I have my own glider, but I am rusty?

If you are rusty, or have not had enough flights to renew your paragliding license, join our refresher course. If your licence has not been renewed for 5 years then you will have to redo your full basic paragliding course.

We take you through the steps to become a confident pilot again.

How does training work? What can I expect?

At Wallend-Air we start our students off with ground training on the beach and incrementally progress from there to ‘bunny hops’ and ground skimming flights off the dunes. Once this is mastered, we progress to higher take off sites for the students to fly their first high solo flights.

Our instructors do instructional tandem flights with our students.

In between flights, we focus on theory and ground training, which is the basis for safe flying.  Paragliding is weather dependent, so we adjust the course accordingly.

Expect to laugh a lot and have fun.  The initial dune flights can be physical and an average fitness level is advisable.

What if the weather is bad?

Our courses run during the summer months to ensure the best possible weather. Unfortunately we do not control the weather and we try our best to work with the weather, using every hour of the day productively.

How many times will I fly?

The minimum requirement to complete your course is 35 flights. Our philosophy is: do as many flights as you can, as safely as can be done, daily. Repetition builds muscle memory and confidence, ensuring you become the safest pilot you can be.

What if I fail?

If you do not complete your course, you have six months to return and complete the course before you have to re-register with SAHPA as a student pilot. Our instructors will discuss your options before and during your course. Age, fitness and weather play a role in completing your course. If you have to return for a second course then a ‘return’ discount will apply.

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