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Paragliding Training Course
(P1 certification course)
BMC is now expanding its horizon and conducting a Paragliding Training Program at Pune, Maharashtra! This course we are conducting on special request by our members in Maharashtra and near by states.

What is Paragliding?
Paragliding is the simplest form of human flight. A paraglider is a non-motorized, foot-launched inflatable wing. It is easy to transport, easy to launch, and easy to land.

The paraglider consists of a canopy (the actual "wing") constructed of rip-stop nylon from which the pilot is suspended by sturdy Kevlar lines called risers, and a harness. In addition, the brake cords provide speed and directional control and carabineers are used to connect the risers and the harness together.

The pilot sits in a harness for maximum comfort. With a paraglider, you can fly like a bird, soaring upwards on currents of air. Paragliders routinely stay aloft for 3 hours or more, climb to elevations of 15,000', and go cross-country for vast distances.


Little about Paragliding
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BMC- Paragliding Training Program. 14-15th April 07
Paragliding Training Program


Training Program:
Practicing is the best part of learning. So your practical training is our top priority. You are carefully guided - Physically and intellectually. The joy that you derive from the sport, increases exponentially, as you gain knowledge and develop new skills.


The Basic Winch launched Paragliding course.

This two and half day course is conducted at Gliding Club Field, Hadapsar. You spend about three to four hours each session learning the various skills of Paragliding. At the end of the course you will be launching independently. (under the supervision of an Instructor)


Course Duration         : Two & half days
                               There will be One Ground handling session on one of the weekday before course between 7:30AM to 10:30AM or 4:00PM to 6:00PM.
                               On specified dates we will have Flying sessions.

Venue                     : Gliding Club Field, Hadapsar
Time of the day        : Morning 8:30 to 10:00 & Evening 4:30 to Sun set
                             : To give maximum benefit we will try to make it a WHOLE day activity like our previous batch.

Maximum head count : 8 Members (On First come first serve basis)

Fees                       :Rs. 9,500.00



a)      Age over 14 years up to the age of medical fitness

b)      Minimum qualification  Std. Xth

c)      Medically and Physically fit


You will be required to submit the following documents:

a)      Two I-card size photographs   

b)      You have to sign Medical declaration and Indemnity bond.

c)      Fees at least one week before the commencement of the course (Fees are non-refundable if you discontinue the course in between)


Session-wise training syllabus:


Session one:
The first session is spend in orientation, ground handling and the theory necessary to keep you safe and informed. The first day’s practical training is physically demanding. Please get at least 2 liters drinking water. During ground training you are taught the following exercise:

a)      Various parts of the glider
b)      Inspecting the flying equipment
c)      Laying out of the glider for launch
d)      The lift-off of the glider
e)      The take-off run
f)      Controlling the inflated glider overhead
g)      Application and learning effectiveness of controls
h)      Collapsing of the glider
i)        Stowing and folding the glider
j)       Theory session


Session two:

On the second session you are introduced to flying. You make your first flights. These flights are up to a height of 50'ft but progressively starting from smaller heights. This is done with the help of a winch. A team of five, consisting of two Instructors, two asst. Instructors and one Winch operator will be engaged in training the students. By the end of this session you would have learnt:

a)      Paraglider launch preparation and inspections
b)      Pre-flight checks
c)      Take-offs & landing
d)      Teadhered flights
e)      Gentle turns
f)      Smooth landings
g)      Theory session


Session three
The third session you are taught all the necessary theory required for safe flying. During this session the main emphasis is on learning how to make a clean take-off and smooth landing with as little assistance as possible. This session your flights will be a little higher so that you could make comfortable turns before you land. The instructor will explain all the important aspects of high flights. If necessary, one of the pilots will demonstrate a flight for you. One of the Instructors will be on the radio imparting constant instructions throughout your flight till you land. Once you have successfully completed a high flight you will be thrilled and would like to go even higher.


This session will see you through:

a)      Flight planning for higher flights
b)      Less assisted take offs and landings
c)      First deeper turns
d)      Perfect approach and landing
e)      Landing judgment and glide ratio
f)      Landings within a stipulated area


Session Four
On the fourth session you practice finer flights with precise judgment on take offs and spot landing practice. Instructors will closely and continuously keep a track on the progress of each student. More and more complex flying tasks are introduced depending on each individual performance.

You are allowed to practice three high flights depending upon your aptitude.


By the end of this session you would have learnt in a few flights:


a)      Self take-off (unassisted)

b)      Releasing the two rope for free flight

c)      360 degree circular turns

d)      Spot landing practice

e)      Improving glide distance

f)      De-briefing on each individual performance



FAQ's (Frequently asked questions)

1. Who can learn Paragliding?
You should be at least 15 years old, physically fit and weigh between 40 to 110 Kgs.


2. What are the training timings?
The timing are dependent on weather. Early mornings and evenings are preferred because the weather remains cool and consistent with safety.


3. Is the training course carried out in one stretch of 2 days?
Yes, Four sessions in two days and it is necessarily to complete in a stretch (Morning till evening).


4. What else should I know?
1. During the training you are expected to wear some rough clothes preferably Jean pant and full sleeved light colored T-shirts.

2. Sports shoes, if possible with high ankle support.

3. We do not cover any kind of accidents during the training with any insurance policy. You are required to take your own decision to join the course. Please read the Indemnity Bond carefully and then decide to join the course all on your own risk and accord.


5. The fees are not refundable if you discontinue the course at any stage during the course.


6. After completion of the Beginner course we will be conducting the intermediate courses in due course of time. You may keep in touch with the organizer BMC for details and advance bookings. We expect a good response so that this sport continues for a long time in the city.


7. It is necessary that your physical condition should be good. If you are suffering from any medical problems please consult the doctor before you join the course.


8. A special Ground Handling Course is also available for those who want to sharpen their ground handling technique. We strongly recommend that you complete this course so that you have better skills to take-off and land on your own without help. We will be conducting two sessions on weekday mornings, before flying session.


9. Before you sign up for the Paragliding course it is advisable to have a Personal Accident Insurance and Mediclaim Policy specially covered for paragliding accidents.



About Trainers:
ERIC MENEZES He is the Chief Paragliding Instructor and is with a thorough aviation background. He has 22 years of experience in flying sailplanes and is a holder of Flight Instructor's Rating for Gliders issued by Civil Aviation Dept., Govt of India. He started his flying career way back in 1980, has done 4000 flights and logged 450 hours airtime.

MANGESH DIGHE He started his Paragliding career in the year 1994. Today he is an experienced instructor in paragliding. Incidentally, he happens to be a Civil Engineer and has completed his post graduation in Environmental science. He is an expert on cross country flights. Since he holds a record of over 2000 tandem flights, he is known as a tandem pilot.

NEERAJ MALVE Certified P2 Pilot. Will be assisting Eric & Mangesh in this Training program.



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