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Last updated : October 24, 2020
Updates : Paragliding Certification/License
As a start, you can send us your requirement and details through the Contact Us form above and we will link you to one of our instructors. We also have the Paragliding Course outline page if you wish to read through the training progressions in order for you to become a paragliding pilot.
There are several locations suitable for the 1st phase of training that is called Ground Handling and we will help you to choose the instructor that operates nearest to your location. Different instructors may have slightly different way of teaching and their training charges but the education syllabus and physics of paragliding’s thermodynamics are all the same in order for you to fly.
The instructors listed in our page have been teaching for a number of years with good track record of producing good student pilots, but we also need you to be cooperative in order for our instructors to effectively transfer their knowledge over. This includes the declaration of your health condition, among others.
If you are an independent paragliding pilot, possesses your own equipment/gears then there are no operating costs other than the transport to the launch area (and of course for your own meals). Basically, that translates to almost zero operating costs. Some paragliding sites are managed by local flying club and there may be site fees to be paid but they are often very minimal, such as RM10 per-day.
However, if you are only experiencing the flight as a passenger then the charges for each flight would vary depending on the site, please consult us from the Contact Us form for details. During the flight, it is often that you will be given a GoPro to be used for recording your flight and perhaps taking several selfie photos in the air! (we suggests you to bring your own microSD card or make sure yor phone has enough storage space to transfer the video over).
If you wish to learn paragliding, the fee varies starts at RM2,800 for the first level of training until you are qualified to perform the flights independently under the supervision of an instructor. During the trainings, all equipment and gears will be provided for your use. To advance your skills further after being a certified pilot, additional training modules are required and please consult with us for its scheduling and rates.
The most important question about this subject, is whether you are qualified or properly trained to fly independently without causing harm to others that are flying in the same air space.
For that, some calls it “license” and some calls it “certification”. We prefer to term it as “certification” because from the certification process, you will (should) be issued with a Pilot ID card that contains your piloting skills for others to verify before they feel comfortable flying together in the same airspace. Please remember that paragliding is a sport that is inherently dangerous so some pilots do take it seriously of not having non-certified pilots to fly in the same airspace with them.
The piloting skills is also the most important information required when you are planning to fly at some locations that are rated as “Advanced” or any ratings that requires certain level of knowledge and skills before attempting to fly at the location. An example of this, is locations such as Gunung Jerai, Gunung Raya, Gunung Kinabalu just to name a few (most of them are mountains).
It is always best to carry your proof of training so the people around you at flying sites will be more comfortable to fly together, and the paragliding community is populated with friendly pilots so if you are new to this sport, it helps to learn and everyone will be more than willing to share their piece of advice and experience for newcomers.
Internationally, there are many independent agencies that are well known and recognised in issuing certifications or ratings for paragliding pilots. One of the example of an internationally recognised proficiency ratings card is the FAI’s IPPI card :
As long as the license or proficiency ratings card is from among the list of agencies that are recognised internationally, then you do not require further additional license to fly in Malaysia.
However, activities such as tandem paragliding and/or teaching students commercially requires an operating permit such as work visa or other forms of written approval from an authorised Government agency.
Foreign instructors/tandem masters shall possess valid teaching/commercial tandem licenses from their respective countries, it only makes sense that security is taken into account very seriously and proof of their proficiency through such licenses is required.
Technically, if the condition of wind and geographical terrain is helping you to stay airborne then yes, you can fly from just about anywhere. There are locations that has been identified, tested and developed to operate as designated paragliding sites and there are some others that are suitable but was not developed due to its distance from the city, etcetera.
(Photo courtesy of HowStuffWorks)
However, the permission to use the airspace is required and this is done through NOTAMs (Notice To Air Men) submitted to the nearest Air Traffic Controller (ATC) that are located at airports. NOTAM is crucial in ensuring that all pilots that are using the airspace aware of each other’s activity and this helps to prevent incidents such as air collisions.
Paragliding’s law of thermodynamics to stay airborne is by circumnavigating the rising hot air (called thermal columns) or staying in the area where wind direction creates an updraft when it hits a sloping ridge, for that matter it is possible to fly a great distance when the pilot’s navigation of the glider meets all of the required conditions.
This is called Cross Country (XC) flights and in some countries where the geographical terrain is conducive for such purposes, it is not uncommon for paragliding pilots to fly more than 100km in distance.
Careful planning and permission of airspace usage is required before attempting to fly long distance, and of course acquiring the right training and skills too.
Below is an illustration of how paragliding thermodynamics work in order for pilots to stay airborne.
Of course it is possible, in fact this method is the most popular form of engaging the public to paragliding. You don’t need to know how to fly to be the passenger, just listen carefully to the pre-flight briefing and as long as you are properly attired then being the passenger should be a breeze.
This is called Tandem Flights and every weekend we will fly passengers at nearby locations or the location of your choice (weather permitting). To arrange for tandem flights, please fill-in the Tandem Booking form at this website and we will get back to you with the confirmation slots.
As an example, below is a video of me tandem flying a passenger in Ranau, Sabah. That is what you’ll get flying as a passenger. Contact us and give it a try!
In comparison to other sports, the statistics on paragliding afflicted injuries are very low. This is achieved by adhering to the safety regulations, ensuring that all equipments are well kept and maintained, instructors are following the standard operating procedures and for tandem paragliding, it is compulsory that the passengers are well briefed prior to engaging them into the sport’s activity.
To be slightly more detail about this topic, the risk of paragliding only at its highest during launching off the hill slope and during landing.
Having said all that, we will ensure that the safety in paragliding is maintained at highest standard possible during the activities.
Currently there is only one insurance plan in Malaysia that covers paragliding specifically for this sport, and therefore its benefits and coverage are tailored towards the benefits of paragliding pilot, tandem paragliding passengers and paragliding students.
The insurance underwriter for this program is Pacific & Orient Insurance Berhad and the product is powered and protected by Tune Protect Re Ltd. For further information on this, please proceed to Insurance information web page at www.paragliders.my/insurance or www.msaf.gov.my/insurance
Paragliding is a sport that is inherently dangerous and it is imperative that the pilot understands all of the possible risks. He/she must be able to make judgements while flying and conducting weather assessments during launching or landing. He/she must also be generally in good health condition.
For the exact reasons mentioned above, there is no exact age limit to learn paragliding because age does not measure the pilot’s physiological fitness, his/her maturity or their ability to make sound technical judgments.
However, there are certain strict guidelines to be adhered for young pilots and that is parental/guardian approvals. Any pilots that are below 18 years old must obtain prior approvals from their parents or legal guardians before being allowed to learn paragliding, whom also must be present at all times to observe every flights they performed.
For pilots that are of older age, such as over 40 years old, it is highly recommended that he/she performs a medical checkup and obtain second opinion from their doctor(s) before engaging in this sport.
Apart from conducting paragliding training and tandem paragliding, we also sell paragliding equipment from the world’s most popular manufacturers such as Ozone Gliders, Gin Gliders, Skywalk Paragliders, Sup’Air, Woody Valley, Icaro Paragliders, Icaro2000 and Ascent among few others.
Contact Us with your requirement details and we will assist you in choosing the right equipment for your flying skills and types of activities.