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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
Your training program begins with preparation at our flying sites in Northern Virginia. We want you to first observe other pilots and ask questions. If you decide this is the sport for you, then we’ll get your wing ordered, and start you with instructional materials and “ground handling” practice. Ground handling is the essential skill needed to inflate the paraglider for take-off. You will learn how to:

  •  Pre-flight check your equipment
  •  Proper harness hook in and adjustment
  •  Building a “Wall”
  •  Forward and reverse inflation
  •  Applying brakes and landing flare
  •  Evaluate basic weather conditions

Stage 2 – Towing
Radio-supervised towing provides repeated practice performing take-offs and landings. We start you with “low tows,” then progress to higher altitudes as your confidence and skill-level develop. The emphasis is on launch control, well-timed landings, and learning to relax.

“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
This stage prepares you for solo flying with a paramotor. Paramotor flying and training takes place at various farms in the Warrenton, Virginia area–wide open pastures with no power lines or similar hazards around. All flights are under radio supervision with an instructor. We provide videotape analysis of your take-offs and landings to strengthen your understanding and pilot skills. Your training continues with 5 supervised flights so that you may qualify for a PPG pilot rating.