Award Winning Instruction
Eagle Paragliding Schedule
Eagle Paragliding - Thursday March 23, Elings 9am, stay tuned for mountain post
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If you want to paraglide, and you want the best instruction available, then you want Eagle. There are important factors to consider before committing to a school. Learn to fly with our Award Winning Paragliding Instruction.
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Instructor of the year honor
Eagle Paragliding's chief Instructor Rob Sporrer received USHPA's Instructor of the Year Award in 2002. Every year USHPA issues the award to the person making the biggest contributions to our sport in the United States.
We are always there for you
You should think of yourself as a lifetime student with Eagle Paragliding once you have committed to the Novice program. We will continue to coach and support you after you have done your initial training at Elings Park, and your first flights from the mountains. There is always information and new concepts to learn in becoming an intermediate and advanced pilot. We will help with guiding you, repacking your reserve parachute, and offer you clinics and tours to further your knowledge as pilots. We also encourage you to leave the nest and venture out on your own to meet some of the great people instructing and flying in this amazing sport all over the world.
We encourage you to ALWAYS fly with other pilots, and avoid flying alone. You may end up doing some ridge soaring at the coast alone at some point. If you plan on, or find yourself flying alone, it's always good to call a friend or fellow pilot and let them know you will check back in with them after you finish flying so somebody knows where you are. Eagle plans on being a part of your growth as a pilot well beyond your Novice P2 sign off. We will post meet times and locations on the daily schedule. If you plan on being a part of the group on a given flying day you need to check in with us in the morning so we can get a head count for the vehicle. Seats in the vehicle are on a first come first serve basis. If we get lots of pilots we will try to run two vehicles, or help you get a ride in another vehicle. The cost for the ride up the hill in Santa Barbara is $5. Rides to Chief's and Pine are $15 each. The instructor who is driving the vehicle on a given day is working for tips. If you feel like you got some extra attention from your instructor we encourage you to give a tip. We want to be around to support you without charging fees so try and give a little when you feel its right. We realize you spent quite a bit of money on your lessons and equipment, but we need to pay the instructors who do the mountain coaching without giving a set fee structure to our student pilots who have graduated.
Eagle Paragliding will offer tours to paragliding destinations all over the world. These tours are aimed at improving our flying skills, and gain an understanding of the information to keep us flying safe and flying high at new and different sites. The instructors on your tour provide coaching, tandem instruction, and transportation to and from launch as well as a pick up at the end of your cross country flight. Your accommodations and ground transportation are included in the price of the tours. Participating pilots are responsible for some meals and making their own air travel arrangements. We will take care of everything once you arrive. The prices on these tours run from $1800 to $2200, depending on the location. Please send us an email requesting to get on our mailing list to be informed about tours.
Eagle Paragliding will organize maneuvers clinics to get pilots experience with towing and different situations you may encounter while paragliding. The clinics take place over the water. We tow you up behind a boat which feeds out line as you gain thousands of feet of altitude over the water. Your instructor guides you through maneuvers over the radio after you have released the tow line. These clinics are an excellent opportunity to get to know your wing's characteristics, and allow you to deal with situations which could occur during flight. We think it would be an excellent decision for USHPA to make over the water clinics mandatory in getting your advanced paragliding rating. Clinic costs are currently $600. The prices vary depending on how many boats we have available, and the number of participants. I encourage all of you to participate in a maneuvers clinic after getting a minimum of 20 hours air time. Please send us an email requesting to get on our mailing list to be informed about clinics.
Eagle Paragliding encourages our students to get help from other reputable paragliding instructors all over the nation. We have some wonderful flying sites in the United States and encourage leaving the nest and getting with other top instructors. You should always get with a local at a new flying site, and who better than a local instructor. You support our sport by supporting instructors from other areas. We are losing launches and landing zones much faster than we are discovering new ones. You help the sport immensely by getting informed, and making donations to instructors for all they do for you and the sport. You need to get a site briefing at new locations as well. These briefings keep you safe, and help you get the most out of your flying at the new site. It's a good idea to get landing zone briefings from locals before flying. Your landing will be better if you have walked the landing zone. You can also avoid landing in an area that is off limits. We don't want to jeopardize landing areas that may be sensitive to the local paragliding club. Be sure to get informed whenever you are visiting a new flying location. Just give us a call or shoot us an email if you plan on heading somewhere for flying, and we will point you in the right direction.