Post basic license courses



The basic licence level is understood to be the point where one is permitted to go out and fly paragliders without instructor supervision. This by no means implicate that one is now a competent, autonomous pilot. There is still much theory to learn and practical skills to master. Actually it means that you have only just begun on the exciting journey of paragliding. It means that you are capable of keeping yourself safe whilst having reasonable flights in a semi loosely supervised situation.

The original idea was that once you attain the basic licence, one would continue flying in a club environment with senior, more experienced pilots to guide you. Not in the sense of instructing your every move whilst in the air, but more along the lines of telling when its a good time to fly, when not to fly, where the best air is as well as general safety.

Unfortunately, with the modern lifestyle being more rushed, self orientated, internet communication, social media, chat groups etc., the whole club system seems to be falling away or at least being under sever pressure. No longer does one have to attend structured club meetings to find out where everyone is planning to fly, get info on new equipment or techniques, coaching sessions etc. This is now all on your mobile device, available any time and any place that you happen to be. This also means that the once revered observer system is falling away.

This means that the new pilots are left alone, in the deep end, which is far from ideal, unless they continue to hang around with their original flying school. On the one hand this is perfect, because whilst you continue flying and progressing in a safe environment, with advice about conditions and techniques. But on the other hand, you are in fact using the instructors time, energy and resources without contributing towards the effort put in by the instructor. The solution naturally, is to compensate the instructor/s for their time and energy, conveying further information, drawing on their years of experience, beyond the level of the basic licence to facilitate your further progress. This benefits everybody.

There are two methods two approach this and they can work hand in hand. First, one can pay/charge (depending which side of this situation/deal you are on) a pre arranged fee for further, unstructured, ad hoc supervision and coaching, with or without limits.

Second, one can attend/provide structured progression/developmental modules or steps. These steps are designed to guide one towards improving skill and judgement and thereby further competence and safety as an autonomous pilot. These modules would include better soaring and thermalling skills, reading the weather and micro-meteorology, glider handling skills, fly/no-fly decision making, Airspace navigation and instrument use. Some of these module will be more theory based and others more practical orientated. Some will require more time and practice and some less so. Therefore, the duration and cost of these modules would vary.

I hope you understand that this program is intended to be of great benefit to all involved and will cultivate more competent, confident as well as safer pilots. The information and skills will be presented and taught,in a more structured and clear manner, making it easier to learn. This will keep more pilots in the sport by preventing unnecessary frights and loss of confidence, thereby growing the sport and the amount of friends that we can share the sky with.

Happy Skies

 Wild Sky offers the following modules:

  1. Improved Glider Handling
  2. Thermalling
  3. Meteorology
  4. Fly / no fly decisions
  5. External factors, human factors, aeronautical
  6. Airspace, navigation, tactics, decision making
  7. Cross country flying


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