At FlyBC all our Instructors are Certified Professionals, trained and registered by the HPAC and APPI. Paramotor Instruction is not sanctioned by HPAC and is conducted under Transport Canada guidelines.
FlyBC is the only training school that employs two Senior Instructors, including Colleen Varcoe (the first female Senior Instructor/Tandem II pilot in Canada).
We offer the best & safest training value in BC!
Put your TRUST in FlyBC to train you to your peak performance and achieve your flying dreams today.
Whether your flying aspirations are for Cross Country (XC) flights, Hike & Fly Expedition flights or Coastal Ridge Soaring . . . FlyBC can prepare you for all of these adventures at Mt. Woodside.
We support the Pilots who support us, our Eagle Ranch Facility is available at no cost for Pilots that purchase gear and courses from FlyBC - no landing fees or extra charges for over 20 years now.
FlyBC is an authorized distributor for Ozone, Gradient, SupAir, Gin, Nova, Blackhawk Paramotors, Advance, APCO, Wills Wing and many other Brands.
FlyBC is a full-time operation offering real paragliding and paramotor training, we are not a "hobby school" offering weekend only lessons on small slopes in Vancouver.
The real flying happens in the Fraser Valley where we are located.
After 30 years of spending tons of money on Cessnas, Aviation Fuel and operating within over-regulated air traffic control system guidelines,
I discovered Paragliding after my lovely wife, Colleen , introduced me to Paragliding several years ago.
I was quite unsatisfied with the lack of structured, safe paragliding training alternatives in the Fraser Valley and started FlyBC - Jim Reich, Senior Instructor.
What to expect from a FlyBC Tandem Paragliding Experience:
New paragliding/paramotoring students can sign up for FlyBC Courses on the dates listed on the FlyBC Long Range Calendar , or can create a customized course during the weekdays to fit their schedules as we are a full-time operation.
When you are trying to locate a Paragliding School ask a few questions like . . .
Where are your facilities?
Many other PG instructors operate out of the back of a truck and don't actually have any facilities for ground school or a guaranteed landing field!
FlyBC maintains a full training park with a classrooms, dedicated 25 acre landing field and 2 shuttle vehicles that are dedicated to students and customers.
What is your experience level?
FlyBC trains most of the local instructors through our Senior Instructor status and have trained pilots for over 20 years.
We have also flown conventional aircraft for over 30 years and know and teach Transport Canada regulations.
FlyBC is now certified with two HPAC Senior Instructor and Tandem II Senior Instructors to serve you better, all our instructors are certified professionals.
How many students have you actually signed off to Novice level?
FlyBC signs off 30 students per season, where other schools may train 2-3 pilots to Novice Level,
many schools are more interested in single day courses or tandems. FlyBC is here to train committed pilots!.
FlyBC's Paragliding School is here for you with different training formats
and venues. We are looking for committed aviation enthusiasts who want to learn
more about flying. More road trips, more clinics and more fun!
Colleen and I have created a 25 acre Flight Park for the exclusive use of our students and customers. Located at the foot of Mount Woodside,
Eagle Ranch is marked by the red borders in the photo below.
Eagle Ranch offers a large unobstructed landing area, safe for students, within an easy glide of the launch area (3.8 to 1 glide).
We have developed an on-site training hill available 24/7 for our students (other schools use local parks and are often shutdown by regulatory actions limiting student training).
We have also added training facilities and a pro shop for equipment displays.
Our second floor shop area has been renovated to provide space for reserve clinics and social functions.
This investment demonstrates FlyBC's commitment to the sport of Paragliding and to providing the finest facilities and safest training experiences for new pilots.
Eagle Ranch also allows FlyBC to add value for our regular customers' flying activities in the Fraser Valley.
This year round activity lets the pilot fly for a low cost per hour, while enjoying some of the best scenery in BC.
Paragliding is a great sport for couples to enjoy together. If you love being outdoors and enjoy hiking, climbing and camping, paragliding adds another dimension to those activities.
Modern Paragliders have been flown as far as 560 km in a single flight in Brazil (2016).
Flights in Canada have been over 245 km in the Golden area (2000 record by Chris Muller on an APCO Bagheera ).
Click on the link to Cross Country Flights on the left, for a flight report of a cross country flight in Pemberton in 1997 and other flights in the Fraser Valley.
FlyBC employs a number of experienced Senior HPAC/APPI instructors, who can start your instruction with a Tandem Flight (with a Tandem II pilot),
leading up to a structured flight curriculum required to obtain the HPAC Novice Sign-Off.
Our primary Spring training site is located in Harrison Mills, BC, 90 km east of Vancouver on Hwy #7.
There are great camping facilities at the Kilby Provincial Campground on the east end of Harrison Mills, as well as a Bed & Breakfast Inn in Kilby for those who don't like to camp.
In terms of overall accident statistics, Paragliding has a lower rate per hour than General Aviation in Canada.
In spite of these statistics, it is imperative that the Paraglider Pilot train in a structured course designed to teach the important skills required to be in command of a paraglider.