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 $240 including taxes and Two Day Introductory Paragliding P-1 Courses from $600 CDN, which include tandem training and ground handling orientation and solo flights in Savona BC, 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 2021 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. FlyBC is an authorized distributor for Ozone, AirDesign, SupAir, Gin, Nova, Blackhawk 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?



New paragliding students can sign up for FlyBC Courses on the dates listed on the FlyBC Long Range Calendar .

FlyBC is training 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. Our seven (7) day P-2 Certification Course in Savona BC offers the fastest method of getting certified with +25 high flights and ridge soaring and thermalling signoffs.

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

FlyBC has adopted a new towing system for accelerated training for new paraglider students.



The towing system now allows up to 10 flights per day in perfect conditions.





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, 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 - $240 CDN including tax and video (credited towards other courses if you continue).

The flight is filmed with a GoPro Helmet Cam video of your flight 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 the Woodside Inn on Lougheed Highway.

Full HPAC Certification Course - $2500 CDN inc. Tax

FlyBC supplies the glider, harness, radio for 10 flights and you supply a helmet and hiking boots.

After 10 flights you must purchase your own equipment to use for ground handling practice to help you get certified.

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 is impossible to tell if a used glider is safe to fly.







Beginner/Intermediate Equipment Package - $3650 CDN plus tax:

Ozone Mojo 6 or NOVA Prion 5 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 Ozone Mojo 6 is better than ever. The Mojo 6's 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 Ozone Mojo 6 is balanced and safe enough for a student's 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 Ozone Mojo 6 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 6 info here

Harness Options











FlyBC's Paragliding School is here in 2022 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.

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 in Savona!



Location of our School:

FlyBC Paragliding is located in Savona BC.

Savona offers training launch sites with 360 degree orientation to make use of any wind direction.

Camping is free at one of our launch spots and if you want a serviced camper spot the Steelhead Campground has fully serviced sites right in town.

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



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