P2 Program

A Pilots Training Manual

Novice Course  The P2 License Course is a comprehensive course designed to make you a safe and competent pilot who has judgement to know when not to fly. Parasoft’s 23 years and thousands of lessons taught its instructors to demand more than the United States Hanggliding and Paraglidiing Association P2 requirements.A large part of the P2 program occurs in the classroom. We include Paragliding: A  Training Manual as an excellent source to improve your paragliding skills.Another important part of the P2 program are tape and DVD videos that teach you skills better seen than experienced.

P2 Requirements

Demonstrated Skills and Knowledge:

  • Gives a reliable analysis of general weather conditions of the site and self, and a flight plan including flight path, areas to avoid in relation to the wind flow and obstacles to stay clear of.
  • Must pass the USHPA Beginner Paragliding written exam.
  • Demonstrates constant surge control on launch.
  • Demonstrates controlled kiting of a glider overhead for 2 minutes in a steady wind.
  • Demonstrates confident light wind launches.
  • Demonstrates surge dampening in strong wind launches.
  • Demonstrates active flying with brake and weight shift.
  • Demonstrates hands-off flying, weight-shift turns, and rear-riser turns.
  • Demonstrates 5 landings within 25′ of a target on the feet and into the wind.
  • Explains proper strong wind landing procedures and how to keep from being dragged back.
  • Explains how to lengthen and shorten the flight path.
  • Explains the right of way traffic rules.
  • Demonstrates reserve deployment while hanging in a harness in simulated turbulence or malfunction conditions.
  • Demonstrates big ears as sufficient technique.
  • Maintains directional control during flight and corrects for an asymmetric wing fold of 25% of the wing span.
  • Completes smooth 360’s with adequate clearance from the ground.
  • Uses speed bar to increase descent rate and/or forward speed.
  • Should be able to judge when a site and conditions are appropriate for flying.
  • Demonstrates proper and effective PLF technique.
  • Must pass the USHGA Novice Paragliding written exam.
  • Knows Preflight Safety CheckR)reserve 1) helmet chin strap 2) Risers Attached  3) leg and check straps attached 4) Corners of Glider Open R) Radio on T) Brake toggles free  S) Speed system attached