Basic Solo Pilot Certification Course

Call Flying.Camp @ 423-800-2228

From zero to HERO SOLO PILOT in as long as it takes you to master the necessary skills to be a safe paragliding pilot, Fly the aircraft and know the weather.

The Basic Solo Pilot – Unlimited Lesson Plan – $2000.00 Click HERE to sign up now! 

What you Get

  • 5 Tandem flights (3 basic, 2 advanced; soaring/thermaling)
  • Ground Handling / Kiting
  • 35 solo flight under radio instruction
    • low slope training – hop n pop low flights
    • Training Hill flights = 400ft @1.5min/per flight
    • Mountain Launch and Flight tactics
    • 15 flight skills tested.
    • 7+ days of flying min.
    • Use of our NEW Equipment during your course
  • 2 Exams
  • Online Educational Resource.
  • Daily Weather Briefings
  • Flying Camp T-Shirt
Students Receive 15% off of equipment purchased by course end.
  • At your pace & on your schedule, 10 days to 12 months or more!
  • Continued coaching – Once you’re in, you’re in.
  • Equipment discounts.

whenever you can join us for training we will elevate your skills and teach you how to fly the sky.

We are NOT here to sell you gear & kick you out of the nest like the rest.

We are building a community of Cross Country pilots who soar the skies, surf the lift lines and thermal up to cloudbase.

This is the course that makes you the pilot you have always wanted to be.

  • graduate with a basic license from ASC &/or USHPA
  • Skills & Knowledge equal to an intermediate rating.
  • Hours, not minutes of airtime during training.
Come LEARN how to really fly a paraglider from professionals who really fly.

Flying Camp in Tennessee has a very experienced and dedicated team of instructors. We use & SELL the most current equipment designs from the best brands in the paragliding industry.

  • We pride ourselves on smaller class sizes,
  • personalized attention, and a
  • faster and safer learning curve developed over years of teaching here in the USA & internationally.
  • We cover all the skills and some that you won’t learn elsewhere.

We are very experienced in mountain thermal flying, Cross Country(XC) and vol bivy (SKY CAMPING) styles of flying in the many mountain ranges around the world. We pass this experience on to you thru our educational courses, tandem flights and guided tours.


It is important to choose a school that will not only teach you how to launch & land on a smooth hill in smooth wind, but one that will also teach you what it means to fly in & among the mountains up in the sky safely. under a variety of wind and themic lift conditions in order to help you avoid the kinds of over commitment that can lead you in to trouble.

………………Or break it up into separate courses…………….

Basic 2 day Experience -$700.00 (P1) Weekends & by reservation only.

Our BASIC 2 DAY course will take you through your Beginner (P1) rating.

  • use our equipment
  • tandem flights if possible from mountain top
  • practice solo pilot skills to make first flights possible @ training hills
  • Exam – P1 Basic Student Certification

What we will cover,

  • Equipment Intro & care
  • pre-flight connection & safety checks
  • Kiting / Ground Handling
  • Launch Techniques
  • Basic flying skills.
  • weather

You will gather experience, work on your ground handling skills, basic ground school topics, acquire the Basic Solo Pilot (P2) syllabus, and take the Beginner (P1) Exam. In 2 days time we plan on tandem flights, lots of ground handling & maybe even a solo flight or two from our training hills!

Novice Certification Course -$1750.00 (P2) requires P1

– The P2 course is how you earn your wings. At the end of this course you will be certified to fly solo, safely and confidently, without your instructor’s supervision.

In this course, students will learn:

  • about glider handling,
  • glider aerodynamics,
  • meteorology,
  • launching,
  • landing,
  • in flight skills,
  • mountain flying,
  • ridge soaring,
  • and many other pertinent details designed to keep you safe

Most of the ground handling / kiting & flying is initial done at our training hills. By repeating successful flights and learning from mistakes at a site with very few obstacles & consequences a student will refine their launching, landing, kiting and flying skills before accessing high flights from our mountain launches later in the course.

The P2 course lasts 12 – 14 days and can be broken down into 6 weekends, or any configuration of time. Some students will enjoy learning more slowly, while others will learn more quickly thus we allow you to adjust the schedule to fit your current lifestyle.

  • Training manuals
  • instructional DVD
  • flight log books are included,
  • as well as the use of student equipment for the duration of lessons.

There will be indoor classroom time during your lessons, covering safety videos, written tests, reserve parachute protocol and theory discussions.

Ultimately We encourage all of our graduates to continue to fly with us as they work towards their Intermediate rating. At Flying.Camp you are always one of our students and are always welcome back for refreshers, advice, tips, etc. Our graduates often call us from opposite ends of the Earth for flying advice, knowing that if we haven’t already been there we have friends who are there now! Let us help guide you into this great world of adventure and travel that comes with owning your own paraglider.

*Equipment Purchases

We Believe that an informed customer is a happy purchaser. A new student should be well into their lessons before deciding to purchase their own equipment because that will enable them to completely understand their options and the reasons particular gear will suit them best in the beginning of your aviation career. The time spent on the training hill will give both the student and their instructor the opportunity to choose a wing that is best suited to the student’s abilities and their intended use, plus allow you to sample a couple different wings before you commit. It is your instructor’s job to help you select your first wing because different paragliders have different behavior and reactive characteristics and require different skill levels. The guidance of your trusted instructor will ensure that you choose a glider that will give you many hours of safe and fun flight. Fortunately we sell all brands and have personal knowledge of many of the wings we represent. We are here to help you find the best gear and get the best training to enable you to be the safest pilot possible as you enter the incredible world of paragliding.

To learn more or schedule a course, call Flying.Camp @ 423-800-2228

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General Description

A Novice paraglider pilot has the knowledge and basic skills necessary to fly and practice without direct instructor supervision but within significant operating limitations. The pilot understands the USHGA paragliding rating systems and recommended operating limitations. The pilot shall use good judgment and have a level of maturity commensurate with the rating. Pilots must demonstrate Beginner level skills and knowledge before obtaining the Novice rating. All witnessed flights must be pre-planned by the pilot and discussed with the Instructor or specially qualified Observer.

P2 Novice Rating – Required Witnessed Tasks/Logged Requirements

  1. Attends a minimum of 8 hours of ground school.
  2. 35 flights. At the discretion of any paragliding instructor 
  3. 7 flying days.

Demonstrated Skills and Knowledge

  1. Demonstrates layout and preflight of the canopy, harness, and backup reserve parachute.
  2. Gives a reliable analysis of general 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.
  3. Demonstrates 5 consecutive forward inflations with a visual check of the canopy each time.
  4. Demonstrates 5 consecutive controlled reverse inflations with proper surge dampening.
  5. Demonstrates controlled kiting of a glider overhead for 2 minutes in a steady wind.
  6. Demonstrates 2 clean, smooth reverse inflations/reversals prior to launch.
  7. With each flight, demonstrates a method of establishing that the pilot is properly connected to the glider, with cleared lines and risers just prior to inflation.
  8. Demonstrates 2 successful, aggressive, confident inflations/launches, where the wind is at least 15° cross to straight up the hill in wind not exceeding 5 m.p.h.
  9. Demonstrates 2 no-wind (0-5 m.p.h.) inflations/launches.
  10. Demonstrate how to brief and instruct a ground crew and explain when an assisted launch is necessary.
  11. Demonstrates 2 high-wind (10-15 m.p.h.) inflations/launches.
  12. Demonstrates flight with smooth variation in airspeed, from above minimum sink to fast flight, while maintaining a heading.
  13. Demonstrates flight showing the ability to comfortably and precisely slow the glider to minimum sink and smoothly increase to normal airspeed while maintaining a heading. The pilot should not slow the glider to near the stall speed.
  14. Demonstrates flight(s) along a planned path alternating ‘S’ turns of at least 90° change in heading. Flight heading need not exceed 45° from straight into the wind. Turns must be smooth with controlled airspeed, ending in safe, stand up landings on a heading.
  15. Demonstrates 360-degree turns in both directions, and at various speeds and bank angles.
  16. 16. Demonstrates hands-off flying, one handed flying skills, weight-shift turns, and rear-riser turns.
  17. Demonstrates symmetric and asymmetric tip folds for increased descent rate.
  18. Demonstrates the ability to judge and allow for proper clearance from a ridge and other aircraft.
  19. Demonstrates 5 landings within 25′ of a target, safe, smooth, on the feet and into the wind. The target must be sufficiently close to launch such that turns are required to set up an approach and avoid over-flying the target. The target should be at least 100′ below the launch point.
  20. Explains proper strong wind landing procedures and how to keep from being dragged back.
  21. Explains correct canopy maintenance.
  22. Explains how to lengthen and shorten the flight path.
  23. Explains the right of way traffic rules.
  24. Explains the use of a speedbar/accelerating system.
  25. Demonstrates reserve deployment while hanging in a harness in simulated turbulence or malfunction conditions.
  26. Gives a thorough verbal demonstration of knowledge of how to:
    •      a. Maintain directional control during and correct for an asymmetric wing fold of 25% of the wing span.
    •      b. Fly at minimum sink while precluding any chance of inadvertent stall or spin.
    •      c. Increase descent rate and/or forward speed.
  27. Demonstrates proper and effective PLF technique.
  28. Must pass the USHGA Novice Paragliding written exam.
  29. Must agree to all the provisions of the USHGA standard waiver and assumption of risk agreement for the Novice rating and deliver an original signed copy to the USHGA office.
  30. Acknowledges and understands the need to become familiar with site-specific restrictions and launch or landing access limits, consistent with preservation of flying privileges at a site.

P2 Recommended Operating Limitations for Novice Paragliding Pilots

A. Should exceed these limitations only after thoroughly mastering all required tasks, and after acquiring a full understanding of the potential problems and dangers involved in exceeding these limitations.

B. Maximum base wind of 12 m.p.h.

C. Maximum peak gusts to 15 m.p.h.

D. Maximum gust rate of 5 m.p.h. in 5 seconds.

E. Should not fly in thermal lift where peak climb rates exceed 200 fpm.

F. If foot launching, should launch only on slopes steeper than 4:1, where the wind is within 25° of being straight up the slope.

G. Visual contact with the landing zone.

H. Avoid application of either brake beyond 2/3 of the way from slack to stall position.

I. Limit turns to 30° of bank, limit speed in turns to 1.5 times the straight line, brakes off, cruise speed, and smoothly exit any spiral turn which shows a tendency to steepen or accelerate.

J. Should fly a canopy recommended by the manufacturer as suitable for Beginner to Intermediate pilots.