A Personal Journey
Paragliding pilots share a deep-felt connection to the early pioneers of flight. For they were the first to break our terrestrial boundary. At this time in history, paragliding is well organized with local clubs and national organizations. Training methods and equipment are well engineered. The ancient dream of human flight is within the public’s reach. The journey is fun, fascinating and rewarding–opening the doors to many adventures around the world. We hope you will join us in the sky.Training Program
Learning is great fun, but training with a certified instructor is essential. Without proper training, you may become discouraged, and drop out of the sport, or worst, develop unsafe habits. But armed with knowledge, skill, and the confident support from an experienced instructor, you will acquire the necessary skills to achieve the goal of personal flight.Blue Ridge Paragliding, Inc. offers a supportive, “shame free” environment where you can learn at your own pace without pressure. You are never asked to do anything that you are not comfortable with. Our emphasis is on safe, enjoyable flying. We invest the necessary time until you become an accomplished pilot. This is the primary mission of our club. Blue Ridge Paragliding has a flawless safety record.Jerry Staruck: USPPA Certified Instructor rated pilot. Jerry started powered paragliding in 2000. He has trained with Paraborne Ultralights in Kissimmee, Florida; Dukes of Windsoar in Liberty Town, Maryland; Cloud 9 Soaring Center, Point of Mountain, Utah; and Sunrise Paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal. He has an extensive background in instructional design and brings over 25 years experience teaching adults. Jerry formed Blue Ridge Paragliding, Inc. in May, 2003 to serve the Northern Virginia area. He also serves on the Board of Directors of USUA Club 1.Pilot Certification Program
Cost: $1050.00 (8-10 Days, plus 5 supervised flights).
This is a USPPA PPG1 pilot certification program. Training is sanctioned by the USPPA and all syllabus guidelines are strictly adhered to. After completion of the program you can obtain your PPG1 rating with the USPPA.
Note: The training season has ended. We will start training again in April, weather permitting.
Stage 1 – Ground Handling
Stage 2 – Towing
“I’m really glad your school offers towing. I was so nervous about taking off. But after a few flights I started to have fun especially with the workout clothes I got for the adventure. I think I’m going to love this sport. Wha Hooo!”
Stage 3 – Motor Flight