If you wish to learn how to fly a paraglider, we regularly conduct the OPEN SKY (Student Pilot) training course over 5 consecutive days or in 3 weekends of Saturdays and Sundays.
The training session will take 5 consecutive days or 3 weekends of Saturday & Sunday. We require your commitment to attend all of the training sessions so we will not drag the training duration for too long beyond the 3 weekends.
Unless of course if the delay is caused by weather condition or an inevitable situation such as restriction of access to flying sites by the government (i.e. Covid-19 movement control), we will continue to ensure that your training sessions are uninterrupted.
This training course will end after the 5th day or the 3rd weekend and we believe that it’s reasonably fair that any additional number of days that does not fall under the exceptions above, should incur additional charges accordingly.
1. What You'll Learn
Throughout the course, your instructor will explain the fundamental of paragliding flight that covers the laws of aerodynamics and its correlation to the equipment.
An example of one of the basic laws of aerodynamics that will be covered is as follows:
You will go through a series of introduction to all types of equipment setings, configurations, each type’s advantages and disadvantages, including the design of paragliders.
An example on one of the equipment configurations that will be covered is as follows:
Meteorology is an important part of training and in this section, we will explain the relevant meteorological conditions that influences your flight and all its advantages or disadvantages, including the hazards or potential risks that it poses.
An example of weather management in this chapter is as follows:
The most physically demanding task, yet the most important part – is the session where you will be trained on how to handle and control the glider while being on the ground, hence its title of Ground Handling.
In this session, it will usually take 2 days but we are flexible in the timeframe and will make sure that you are capable of controlling the glider before we proceed to the next phase.
An example of ground handling training video is as follows:
Upon being convinced that you are able to control the glider accordingly, we will start teaching you how to launch and land the glider during calm or mild wind condition.
Prior to starting this phase, you will be taken on several tandem paragliding flights and experience the glider handling in-flight together with your instructor. This will increase your confidence and adjustment during your first solo flight.
You will practice this phase over several days and during each, you will be guided on how to perform several additional inflight maneuvers.
An example of launching is as follows:
An example of trainee pilot’s landing approach :
The essential flight maneuvers that we will teach are for ensuring that you will be able to land the glider safely in most situations.
The maneuvers are the basics but not limited to; Left/Right turns to lose height, Figure-8, 360-degree circle, Big-Ears and they will be repeated several times until you become comfortable and familiar with the maneuvers.
You will also be practising the Air Traffic Rules for paragliding as part of this training phase.
As part of the training, we will teach and emphasize the importance of incident management and handling whenever an uncontrollable in-flight situation occurs such as rescue parachute deployment (in a simulated environment).
2. What You Will Get
Prior to commencing your practice flights, you will be registered to an insurance plan that is specifically designed for paragliding sport. The insurance policy is backed by TuneProtect and underwriting by Pacific & Orient Insurance Co. (P&O).
For the Student Pilot (SP) Rating, it is valid for 6 months on flights that are guided by an instructor. We are the only paragliding school in Malaysia that has an exclusive contract to manage the registration of insurance coverage for paragliding pilots.
To ensure that you will stay refreshed on the training contents, we will provide you with the training manual and record book as references after the training sessions. It also acts as the logbook for you to record all training activities to be validated and signed by your instructor.
Below is a few sample pages of the record book :
We have several designs on sublimation printed tshirts that are suitable to be worn during training, or whenever you please. The materials used are breathable and of high quality printing. Below is an example of the tshirt that will be provided :
Upon completion of your training, we will issue a Certificate of Completion to acknowledge your training. This could be handy if you wish to claim from HRDF or other agencies that will reimburse certain skill development trainings. Or, you could just frame it on the wall as a memorabilia :)
One of the advantages of subscribing to our training program is that you will be entitled to the Cloudbase Privilege Card, where your insurance information and training references will be made available on the card including a QR code for cross-checks at our website.
Below is a sample of the membership card from PGMY :
By maintaining PGMY membership, you are entitled for further discounts on products such as paragliders, harnesses, helmets, et cetera from manufacturers such as Ozone, UP, Woody Valley, SupAir and Air Design, just to name a few.
Upon completion of the training, you will be issued Pilot Certification ID Card that contains your insurance information and pilot ratings information based on your most current training.
In this, you will be rated as Trainee Pilot (equivalent to FAI SafePro Stage 2).
You are still required to continue practice flying until a minimum of 40 logged flights before starts applying for a new rating such as the Novice Pilot rating.
3. Steps To Start
To keep ourselves well organized, we use an online database management system through registration form available at the bottom of this web page.
It allows us to keep track of all appointments as well as notifying all of the involved instructors and assistants on your booking appointments.
With that, we would appreciate it if you could use the online registration form below to schedule a training session with us.
To ensure that we only accept payments on a confirmed appointment, we will only issue a digital invoice upon confirmation of your booking.
The payment could be paid using any credit card, debit card or FPX gateway of your choice. For this we are using a service from senangPay, a reputable and popular payment gateway in Malaysia.
Our main training location is at Kuala Kubu Bharu, about 80km north of Kuala Lumpur. However, depending on weather condition, we might change it elsewhere to an alternative location which we will advice accordingly.
4. What You Need To Prepare
The most important requirement other than proper safety gears which we will provide during training, you are only required to make sure that proper shoes are used during training.
Any outdoor sports shoes would do, anything else are optional and subjective such as whether you prefer to use long pants and sleeves or khaki shorts.
This is due to hot tropical weather and the ground handling training will be conducted in an open field under the afternoon sun.
This latest requirement comes as a necessity to be followed by all involved parties, a new-norm for paragliding as well as other activity sectors.
Please declare anything that may potentially put others at risk, and the SOP for paragliding is equally similar to any other activities such as physical distancing, the use of sanitizers, washing of hands et cetera.
The ground handling session is quite a strenuous activity, so if you suspect that your health condition may not be suitable then please get a medical advice in prior.
Other than ground handling, the rest are quite easy and relaxing especially when you are able to control the glider well before launching.
Share with us your medical history that could prohibit you from engaging yourself in a strenuous activity under the sun, so we could adjust the ground handling training technique and schedule according to the weather and your situation.