Sunday, December 21, 2014

Fly Hawaii Honolulu, paragliding instruction/guide service.

Our Best Year Yet! Oldest school, since 1994 in Hawaii - Best safety record in Hawaii

The school offers paragliding training, private lessons, cross country
guiding and high altitude flight instruction in Honolulu and the Big Island    
808 315 6213  flyhawaiihonolulu@gmail.com     213 457 3614 (Skype)
Office Hours: Mo-Fr: 9am-5pm
Basic and Tandem Instructors needed. Good, steady work. Great learning opportunities. We are looking for extremely dedicated, outgoing and experienced USHPA certified instructors and ground school instructors in Honolulu and the Big Island.

Watch paragliding students fly. 

Paragliding student checking out his new glider



 3 h. intro class: 200.00
2 Day Weekend class 450.00
  5 day Beginner Level Class 895.00
High Altitude Class including 6 day Beginner Class 1700.00
Usually takes between 10-20 days of instruction.

 The USHPA, as a private membership organization, has no governmental authority, does not own any flying sites, does not negotiate nor enter into any permits for flying sites, does not control any flying sites or the flying that takes place at them. The sports of hang gliding and paragliding are not controlled by the USHPA; anyone that wishes can fly. (The only regulatory authority for flight in the United States is the Federal Aviation Administration.) However, we encourage all those who wish to fly, whether it be hang gliders, paragliders, or both, to join the USHPA as members, because together, as an Association, we can ensure the flying we enjoy today will be around tomorrow. 

I moved my school from Santa Barbara to Hawaii in 1994 after 16 years as a full time United States Hang Gliding Assoc. hang gliding and paragliding instructor in Santa Barbara Ca.,12 years as a USHGA basic and advanced hang gliding instructor at Guadalupe Sand Dunes with hundreds of students and a perfect safety record, followed by 5 years as a USHPA certified instructor on the Mesa in Santa Barbara. Also with a perfect safety record.

Come down on a Monday and I'll have you soloing by Friday.

  We train on a 500 ac. ranch on the Big Island. Students get free airport pick up and free accommodation in one of our cabins.

Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Paraglider heading out 11000 f. over the valley floor

Paragliding Instruction Oahu. Fly Hawaii Honolulu

Oahu has great flying sites for advanced rated pilots but not much for Novice, Intermediate or Beginners.  No beginner training hills for paragliding instruction. It is often too windy for weeks on end or there is no wind or from the wrong direction. What a student really needs is a  couple of hours of steady 8-15 mph every day for a couple of days in a row and he/she will progress much faster. Developing muscle memory is critical to safety. Big landing areas with no obstacles are essential for students. An easy take off site for a  paragliding student is a gentle slope facing right into the light wind. You do not want to take off from a 1000 f. cliff or have to land on a postage stamp 50 f. from a super busy highway and close to the ocean on your first flights. Not for a very long time. It is an invitation to serious harm, totally not by the book. (operating limitations for Beginner/Novice rated pilots). 
 
 Restricted landing areas that are very close to the highway and the ocean is something you want to save for later. Same with cliff launches. These are special sign off skills for an intermediate pilot.

Any instructor who lets students fly outside operating limitations opens himself up to a lot of liabilities. Certified or not. We had way too many fatalities and serious accidents here in Hawaii recently. Proper instruction is essential.The weather is much more consistent on the Big Island for paragliding lessons. Students can pretty much fly every day throughout the year. We train on a 500 ac. ranch with perfect training conditions for beginner paragliding students.Beginner kiting classes take place on Oahu, but when it comes to do your flight training we go to the Big Island. Students learn a lot faster, get more airtime and it is also safer due to the better training sites and conditions. Students get free accommodation, free airport pick up in Hilo, free high speed internet.





Watch paragliding students execute P1 flights