Paraglider Pilot Training at FlyBC Paragliding

Why we fly? Because . . . - a new film from Ozone and Herminio and Jorge explains it all!

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Pictures from our beautiful site - Mt. Woodside.

 

FlyBC Airsports offers offers many different levels of Paragliding Instruction from Tandem Discovery Paragliding Flights for $200 including taxes and Two Day Introductory Paragliding Courses from $495 CDN + GST, which include tandem training and ground handling orientation and solo flights from Mount Woodside, Canada's safest training site. We also train pilots through USHPA P2 levels all the way to Advanced Ratings.

Testimonials from past FlyBC student pilots.

FlyBC's Paragliding School is here for you in 2017 with different training formats and venues. We are looking for committed aviation enthusiasts who want to learn about flying paragliders and paramotors. More road trips, more clinics and more fun!

We sell and dispense ADRENALINE here at FlyBC. The best "over-the-counter cure" for weekday/workday boredom. Click here to find out why FlyBC is your "best and only" choice for paraglider/paramotor training. . At FlyBC all our Instructors are Certified Professionals, trained and registered by the HPAC and USHPA. 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. 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, Paratoys Paramotors, Advance, APCO, Wills Wing and many other Brands.



Paul & Alison Harwood

- film-makers and pilots extraordinaire ex-FlyBC Students!

Airgasm - The humbling art of learning to fly from Ali Harwood on Vimeo.



How hard is it to learn to Paraglide with FlyBC? Ask Chantel?



How hard is it to learn to Paraglide with FlyBC? Ask Saadi?

A few weeks ago our new Yukon student Saadi got his first flights and he made a nice video of the experience here at FlyBC. Too bad the music overrides the audio from Colleen's excellent coaching into the circle!

My First Flight from Saadi Alkouatli on Vimeo.

New paragliding 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 weekday to fit their schedules as we are a full-time operation. We also train in Mexico during December through to March.

Don't be "mis-led" by other paragliding schools that claim to train in Vancouver, as you may get some bunny-hops down a training hill but the real flying happens in the Fraser Valley where we are centrally located (the most reliable sites are located here).

FlyBC has the only "dedicated flight park" in BC with a classroom, training hill area, landing zone (LZ) within easy glide off a safe Novice launch (Woodside) for the exclusive use of our students and customers.

FlyBC is here full-time to train you any day of the week to get you certified quickly, vs. other "hobby schools" who are only available on weekends limiting the number of training days available to get you certified. Woodside typically offers up over 200 trainable flying days each season.

Our vision for Eagle Ranch is "to create a community centre for fun loving hangglider, paraglider, ultralight pilots and paramotor pilots (and their families) in the Fraser Valley". Go to FlyBC's Eagle Ranch Page for pictures of our fabulous facility.

FlyBC has the most pilots still flying after gaining certification and we have the most years of experience in training new pilots.

Other schools claim to be bigger but HPAC numbers tell the true story, FlyBC certifies and graduates the most HPAC paraglider pilots on the West Coast. FlyBC graduating students have gone on to compete in the 2005 Red Bull X-Alps (Benn Kovco) , Canadian and US Paragliding Nationals, winning the 2007 Willi XC Race in Golden (Norm Lawlor) and the 2008 & 2009 Willi XC Race in Golden (Robin Sather), the 2010 Willi XC (Al the Hammer) and some becoming legends for maximizing airtime and distance. But above all, they enjoy flying!

FlyBC is certified with two resident HPAC Senior Instructors/Tandem II Senior Instructors and Advanced USHPA Instructors/Tandem Administrators to serve you better. At FlyBC all our Instructors are Certified Professionals, trained and registered with the HPAC and USHPA, unlike other schools who rely on untrained pilots to do student guiding. 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.



Experienced Pilot shot this video at Mt. Woodside in Harrison Mills, BC on October 2, 2010 - you can learn to do this too at FlyBC Paragliding




Paragliding Course Costs

Tandem Discovery Flights/Tandem Paragliding Flights - you fly with a certified tandem instructor and you can control the glider in the air with your instructor's help - $200 CDN including tax (credited towards other courses if you continue).

The flight is filmed with a GoPro Helmet Cam and you can purchase a video of your flight for $40 and it is compatible with MAC, PC and YouTube so you can share it with your friends later.

We accept VISA/MasterCard.

Tandem Paragliding Flight



What to expect from a FlyBC Tandem Paragliding Experience:


We are 100% Wind and Weather dependant and can not guarantee when your tandem flight will begin and end. We strive to start our tandem flights around noon when the thermals are best, and a total trip time will take 1.5 to 2 hours starting from our location at Eagle Ranch.

Basic Two Day Introductory Course - $495 CDN + 12% Tax

FlyBC supplies the paraglider, harness, radio and you supply a helmet and hiking boots. There is no guaranteed number of solo flights as weather and individual pilot skills determine when someone is ready to fly. If the days are rained out or too windy we will reschedule your course for a later date at no cost to you.


This is a real paragliding experience! Not running down a small slope, but a full 2500 foot high flight experience after successful ground training on our FlyBC training hill located at Eagle Ranch.

There is no guarantee of the number of solo flights one will achieve during this course as it depends on weather, student skill progression and other factors - but a typical student gets 3-5 flights during the two days, which are transferrable to the required 25 flights needed for a HPAC Novice Certification Course.





Intermediate 5 Day Paragliding Course/USHPA P-2 Equivalency - $995 CDN + 12% TAX (credited towards other courses if you continue)

FlyBC supplies the glider, harness, radio and you supply a helmet and hiking boots.

FlyBC puts you through all paces of flight including thermalling, XC flying, higher wind launches and landings and prepares you for solo flying but does not get you a full 25 flights for Canadian HPAC Certification, but much more than the USHPA P-2 Requirements for much less than US Schools.

This is a Destination Package for pilots outside the Vancouver Area, with options to camp, stay in budget motels or luxury hotels in Harrison Hotsprings. Far less expensive than travelling to the US for an inferior training package.





Full HPAC Certification Course - $1950 CDN + HST

FlyBC supplies the glider, harness, radio for up to 10 flights and you supply a helmet and hiking boots. After 10 flights you must purchase your own equipment or rentals are available for $25 per flight. Used equipment is available here or you can purchase new gear from SupAir, Ozone, Gin and other lines at the Eagle Ranch facility. (we strongly recommend against buying used gear from eBay or other non-school sources until you are certified and understand glider certifications, and we will not train you on gear that we have not sold or are unfamiliar with.)

FlyBC is the only facility in Canada that uses the JDT Porosity Meter to test gliders to EN standards, without this porosity measurement it i impossible to tell if a used glider is safe to fly.







Beginner/Intermediate Equipment Package - $3550 CDN plus tax:

Ozone Mojo 5 or SupAir EONA Glider with Oxygen I Hiking Harness - EN-A beginner/intermediate paraglider - safe and easy to train on. Flights of over 100 kms have been recorded on the EONA glider and it is our personal favourite for teaching new students. FlyBC takes trade-ins on new glider sales too.

The Mojo5 is better than ever. The Mojo 5ís central purpose is to provide the passive safety that pilots may rely on for their first stages of cross country flying, but the most significant improvement for this generation is in speed and glide performance.

The Mojo 5 is balanced and safe enough for a studentís first days on the hill, but has the agility and performance needed for 100km and longer XC flights.

With similar flight characteristics to its predecessors, the Mojo 5 has massive brake travel and a very comfortable feel. The wing inflates easily in no-wind conditions and has zero tendencies to overshoot in higher winds. Though precise, the brake travel is forgiving enough for a beginner to set up the slightly tighter landing patterns that XC flying introduces.

Mojo 5 info here

Harness Options










Lehora Hachey's Woodside Video - "A stable day at Woodside (June 3, 2007)
starting at the Student's Lounge including the drive up to Launch and a landing at Eagle Ranch"
Beginner Paraglider Video taken at FlyBC Summer 2006 for a TV show.




Looking for a Paragliding Instructor?

When you are trying to locate a Paragliding School ask a few questions like . . .

Where are your facilities? 

Most instructors operate out of the back of a truck and don't actually have any facilities for ground school, video presentations or reserve parachute training or even a guaranteed landing field! FlyBC maintains a full training park with Classrooms, dedicated 25 acre landing field and shuttle vehicles that are free for students and customers.

Vancouver area pilots should learn at the sites they will fly most. Some other schools teach on smaller hills in the BC Interior, but do not prepare a new pilot for the Big Mountain Air that we experience in the Fraser Valley. Learn where you will fly and get site briefings for local mountains before you are signed off.

Don't be mis-led by paragliding schools that claim to train in Vancouver, as you may get some training hill flights but the real flying happens in the Fraser Valley (the most reliable sites are located here). The only real "slope-soaring" site close to us is on Whidbey Island, not in Vancouver.

What is your experience level? 

FlyBC trains most of the local instructors through our Senior Instructor status and have trained pilots for 16 years. We have also flown conventional aircraft for over 25 years and know and teach Transport Canada regulations.

How many students have you actually signed off to Novice level?

  FlyBC signs off 30-40 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!.

How many hours a year do you fly? 

Some instructors actually don't fly much themselves, at FlyBC our instructors average 150 hours per season, flying with our students and giving them tandem instruction when conditions are too strong for beginners. Ask around at flying sites as to which instructors actually fly.

What days & hours are you open for training? 

FlyBC is open 7 days a week, from 9-6 every day to train students. With only 200 flyable days a year, you can not afford to only train on weekends or you likely won`t get properly certified in one season.

FlyBC's Paragliding School is here in 2017 with more training formats and venues. FlyBC is the only full-time paragliding School in Vancouver. We are looking for committed aviation enthusiasts who want to learn more about flying. More road trips, more clinics and more fun!





FlyBC has the most pilots flying after gaining certification and we have the most years of experience in training new pilots. FlyBC is certified with HPAC Senior Instructors/Tandem II Senior Instructors and Advanced USHGA Instructors/Tandem Administrators to serve you better.

FlyBC has the only "dedicated flight park" in Southwestern BC with a classroom, landing field with a guaranteed glide and towing/training hill area for the exclusive use of our students and customers.

Our vision for Eagle Ranch is "to create a community centre for fun loving hangglider, paraglider and paramotor pilots (and their families) in the Fraser Valley".

The Eagle Ranch training hill is in place and it is student tested and approved! FlyBC has the only training hill on the West Coast with guaranteed access and conditions. Go to FlyBC's Eagle Ranch Page for pictures of the new layout.

Planning your Paragliding Training:

FlyBC has re-designed the course times this year to help make your summer flying the best ever! We are structuring our courses to have new pilots certified by July 30 each year, so they can attend the "Willi" Cross-Country event in Golden and our Summer SIV/Advanced Maneuver's Course in August at Revelstoke BC.

If you want to get certified this year, plan on making the time commitment early. Limited training from November to March on due to weather, but if it is flyable we will be at Eagle Ranch!



Location of our School:

FlyBC Paragliding is located in Harrison Mills, BC.

Eagle Ranch Satellite Map

Sasquatch Inn is an economical place to stay when training

It takes 1 hour to reach our location from the Port Mann Bridge by following Hwy 1 to Agassiz, or by taking Hwy 7 (Lougheed Hwy) east from Mission.



We start our new pilot training primarily at our private flight park "Eagle Ranch", a 25 acre paragliding field in Harrison Mills.

As pilots progress we take them to many of the sites in the local area which are less than 30 minutes drive from Eagle Ranch. Some of these sites are located at Bridal Falls (east of Chilliwack), Sumas Mountain (east of Abbotsford), Blanchard (Bellingham WA), Black Mtn. (Sumas WA).

We also take road trips regularly to Pemberton, Kamloops, Vernon as conditions and skill levels dictate for the new pilots.

Before a pilots is "signed off", we insist on supervising them at five (5) different sites minimum (7 typically), to ensure they are ready to fly on their own supervision.








Eagle Ranch Directions

Take Highway 7 East through Mission, keep heading east through the towns of Dewdney and De Roche.

Approximately 11 km east of De Roche, you will cross a bridge over the Harrison River (just past the Hemlock Resort turnoff). About 0.5 km further east you will see Mill Road, turn right on Mill Road (third right turn) and follow it until the next left on Kilby Road. Eagle Ranch is the second gate on the left.

Cell phone is Call 604-618-5467, and if you have a ham band radio we are on 146.415 mhz.



Curriculum:

  • Curriculum designed to instruct Beginning Pilots how to handle the Paraglider on the ground and on the Training Hill. New students are assigned a modern Paraglider that fits their weight range, and they use only that glider for the duration of the course. The SupAir EONA Paragliders are standard rated beginner/intermediate gliders with very responsive handling and aids in developing flying skills fast.



    We layout the glider on a launch similar to the one pictured below.

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    We inflate the paraglider into the wind and kite it, getting it under control before we launch.

    kiting

    Paragliding is NOT Base-Jumping! we launch our gliders from groomed slopes, only after the glider is fully inflated over our heads.

    kiting

    Paragliding is not Para-Sailing, the Paraglider Pilot has complete control over the glider flight path.

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    Course Outline:

    Day One - glider orientation, ground school and theory of flight, basic ground handling techniques, decision-making skills, and launch and landing practice on gentle slopes. Then, tandem flights from 2300 foot launches on Mt. Woodside, before solo flights radio controlled by Instructors (top and bottom).
    More ground school during the mid-day thermal conditions.
    Evening flights as conditions dictate.

    Day Two - flights from 1000 to 2200 foot launches, radio controlled by Instructors (top and bottom). Specific tasks include speed control in flight, 180-degree turns and landing patterns in different Landing Zones (LZ).

    Students receive HPAC Introductory Certificates and all flights qualify towards HPAC Novice P-2 Certification (25 observed flights and written test). Each student's progress is monitored using the FlyBC Report Card, kept on file until the student pilot receives the HPAC Novice Sign-Off.




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    Experienced pilots at a competition, thermalling before the race. This is the ultimate goal of Paragliding . . . thermal up and go the distance. Up to 245 kms has been logged in a single flight in Canada!




    Where can I stay in Harrison Mills??

    Local Harrison Mills Hotels and B&Bs



    Mention FlyBC Paragliding sent you and you may get a better rate.





    FlyBC Airsports
      1253 Kilby Road, Harrison Mills, BC  
    Canada V0M 1L0
    Mobile: Call 604-618-5467


    E-Mail: FlyBC E-Mail