P2 (Novice) Certification Course
The Certification Course is the next step after taking the Introductory
Course. In the Intro Course you learn the basics, enough to get
you flying under supervision. In the certification course you learn
all the skills necessary to fly without supervision and earn your
Novice level certification.
The two basic elements of this course are the practical and the
theoretical. The majority of the course is spent on the hill developing
your flying skills. You’ll learn the basic skills of flying the
glider. You’ll practice launching the glider using the most effective
techniques, learn to control your glider smoothly without oscillation
and spot landing your glider in a predetermined place. You’ll fly
in varying conditions so that you’ll be familiar with the changing
weather and be able to recognize appropriate and inappropriate conditions
for flying. We cover entire list of tasks required by the United
States Hang Gliding Association to become a novice rated pilot.
However, we go beyond the minimums to include additional flying
skills and theoretical information.
In the theory classes we cover: aerodynamics, glider control, weather,
rules and regulations, critical situations and simulated reserve
deployments. We visit some of the communities resources to make
you theory lesson more tangible and well rounded. We have designed
work sheets and notes specifically for this course. We believe that
only the most knowledgeable students can become the best and the
This is a proficiency based course. You will complete the course
when you’ve fulfilled all the required tasks and passed the certification
test. A typical student can finish the course in ten flying days.
However we do not rush our students and you will proceed at the
pace you are the most comfortable with. Your schedule and the weather
will have a lot to do with the time it will take.
Where Do We Fly?
Sand City, CA.
Do I Have to Buy a Glider?
The short answer is: Yes! It is not possible to rent gear in the
U.S. We’ll start you on our training equipment but, you’ll want
to get your gear early in the course to take the best advantage
of your time under instruction. This way, we will be teaching you
to fly the equipment you will be using in the long run. As a participant
in our certification course you are eligible for a number of discounts
that we and our suppliers offer. We have a full line of flying tools
from the essentials, like gliders, to gearhead extremes, like GPS
driven flight instrumentation. Used gear is also available for those
on a budget. We will track down right used gear for you and save
you from getting burned in the tricky used market.
We are committed to our student and hope to have a long term relationship
with all of our students. Any student of our Certification Course
who buys their equipment from us, is welcome to fly with the school
as long as they like. This way, although technically on your own,
you’ll still have the resources of the school and your Instructor
to help you as you work on later ratings.
Can I take the Certification Course with out taking the Introductory
These two Courses are designed to be taken consecutively. Our Introductory
Course is actually the first two days of the Certification Course.
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