Course Exercises - as specified by the BHPA: Phase 6 - Pre-soaring.
21 Theory: Further weather and site assessment, soaring flight theory,lift bands, flight planning, rules of the air. 22 180 degree turns: Demonstrate consistent competent unassisted launches and controlled turns up to 180 degrees and beyond. 23 Planned Approaches: Demonstrate consistent competent controlled approaches (using different techniques) and landings in a designated area.
Phase 7 - Soaring.
24 Soaring flight: Consistently using ridge lift to maintain and gain height. 25 Top Landings: Demonstrate safe, consistent and controlled top landings on at least two sites or in different conditions [this task is now optional but usually covered by First Flight]. 26 Flying with others: Consistent competence in flying with others,observing the Rules of the Air and Collision Avoidance Rules.
Phase 8 - Improving Skills.
27 Exploring the speed range: Competence in using the speed range of the paraglider, understand the hazards including the stall. 28 Accelerator Systems: Competence in using accelerator systems and knowledge of their use and related dangers. 29 Forward Launching: Demonstrate consistent competence in forward launching skills, under full control throughout. 30 Reverse Launching: Demonstrate consistent competence in reverse launching skills, under full control throughout. 31 Weight-shift and pitch-roll co-ordination in turns: Demonstrate consistent competence in steering the glider with weight-shift and in controlling pitch. 32 Cross-wind and slope landings: Demonstrate consistent competence in cross wind and slope landings and understand when and how to use and associated hazards [this task is now optional but usually covered by First Flight].
Phase 9 - Instability & Emergencies
33 Theory: Tree and water landing procedures, Parachute Landing Fall competence, emergency parachute systems, alternative control systems and dealing with instability and turbulence. 34 Active flying: Coping with turbulence, including pitch control. 35 Rapid descent techniques: The use of 'big ears' descent technique,including its limitations and hazards. 36 Dealing with an asymmetric tuck: Demonstrate how to deal effectively with small tucks in flight.
Phase 10 - Theory & Exam
37 Meteorology: More detailed knowledge of weather and conditions for safe flying. 38 Principles of flight: Knowledge of how the wing flies; effect of controls; forces on a wing; stalls, spins etc. 39 Rules of the Air and Airlaw: Airlaw governing paragliding activities,including controlled airspace and essential liaison with other air users. 40 General Airmanship knowledge: Including human factors, flying abroad,repairs, inspections, coaching and clubs. 41Theory Examination: Two multiple choice written exam papers. A wrong answer to ANY Collision Avoidance question means automatic failure of the entire exam.
Assessment of student's attitude and standard of airmanship to fly safely and competently outside the supervision of a school.
Normally towards the end of your course you will get your own gear. First Flight can supply everything you need, new or second-hand,so that you can become familiar with flying your own wing by the time that you complete your course. You can insure your own gear here.
Flying trips abroad can be organised, for those who
have reached CPN level, under the personal supervision of the Chief
Flying Instructor, especially in the winter months, to further enhance