Instruction typically spans two or three weekends with full days at the beach learning to kite the wing and motor handling. During the weekdays, the student is encouraged to continue practicing and mastering the skills previously taught. Some students learn faster than others, or may have other aviation experience that could impact training time. The student learns at their pace, and when the instructor determines with the student they are ready, the student gets their first solo flight. Following the first solo flight, additional launch styles and landings are under the instructor’s control until the student is ready to proceed on their own.
All students are urged to continue flying with the local TXWingNuts club here in Houston, TX. This interaction with other new and advanced pilots plays a vital role in advancing the new pilots skills under a more controlled environment resulting in a much safer pilot.
- Familiarization of motor and wing
- Ground handling i.e. kiting, forward and reverse launches
- Simulator work
- Ground class – understanding the sky, the in-flight mechanics of powered paragliding, in-flight protocol, safety rules, and understanding FAR 103
- Supervised motor solos with radio contact as pilot demonstrates basic flying skills