Paragliding training information
Read through this entire section if you are interested in training. As a PASA certified school, Southwest Airsports, LLC operates in accordance with all
PASA Safety Guidelines and all
PASA School Standards. If you think training is a waste of time and money, read
- General information page about paragliding training. After reading the General information page,
decide if you would prefer free flight (PG) or powered flight (PPG). You can change your mind later if you want. If in doubt, it is always better to start with free flight.
Equipment for flying Typical setups for paragliding and
powered paragliding We supply all of the necessary equipment required to train student
pilots up to the P2/PPG2 level. We suggest that you purchase your glider (and paramotor) towards the end of your P2/PPG2 training. We can help you purchase the gear that works
best for you. In most cases, you will be ready to purchase equipment when you are completing your P2 or PPG2 training. We specialize in Ozone
paragliders/harnesses and paramotors by Miniplane.
- Tuition Costs Paragliding (PG) Powered Paragliding (PPG)
You must pay your tuition in full before we can schedule for training. Tuition is not
refundable (see #3 of our legal details). P1, PPG1, P2, & PPG2 (1st half) training includes rental of the gear needed to learn how to fly.
- Membership All student pilots must join USHPA or
USPPA before P2/PPG2 training begins. If your application is pending, we need
a copy of your completed application. You can also complete the application at our shop.
- Physical and mental requirements required. If you wish to take a tandem flight, only #'s 1,2, and 4 of the physical requirements section apply.
- Textbook Purchase the appropriate textbook for your type of training (P2 or PPG2 and above).
- FAQs & Tips Study the "*" items and watch some of the
on our website.
details These are important details of how we operate.
Schedule meeting After you have looked at #'s 1-8, contact us
to schedule a meeting at our shop where you can complete the paperwork, pay your tuition, and start your paragliding adventure. If you cannot physically be here to complete the
paperwork and pay the tuition, we can arrange to do it electronically. What to bring to your lessons.
Demo equipment For just the minor cost of shipping, all students of Southwest Airsports can test fly any glider or harness made by
Ozone, Sup'Air, or Sol. (Choice may be limited to availability in the U.S.)
WARNING: Do not purchase paragliding equipment before you begin training
as you will likely make an expensive and, possibly, a dangerous mistake. We cannot enroll students in P/PPG1 or P/PPG2 training who already have their gear unless it was purchased
through a USHPA or USPPA school in which they were enrolled. That is, we can continue training pilots from other schools who already own their gear.
Note: You must pay your tuition in full and complete the paperwork before training.
General notes on training
We can train at your location if needed. A 50% deposit is required to schedule, balance is due upon our arrival at your location. Please contact us for details.
Demo equipment – For just the minor cost of shipping, all students of Southwest Airsports can test fly any glider or harness made by
Ozone, Sup'Air, U-Turn and Sol.
(Choice may be limited to availability in the U.S.)
Instruction at Southwest
Airsports is 100% personal, comprehensive and includes towing certification and how to fly in a high altitude, mountainous desert
environment – the most difficult there is. When a student pilot graduates from Southwest
Airsports, he will be able to fly as safely as possible anywhere in the world with confidence.
Paragliding training in our beautiful southwest!
Paragliding is the closest thing to being a bird that there is. All other aircraft go down from there. No one has any idea what being a bird is like until he flies a paraglider.
Below, going cross-country at cloudbase over central Florida.
Extreme air sports like paragliding take years of practice to learn to do well so pilots must be patient. The rewards for diligent and
long term effort are, in our opinion, without equal, especially if you learn to thermal well. You will join an elite and tiny group of humans in the world who experience things ONLY the
birds can. Want to know first hand what it feels like to exit and enter boundaries in the atmosphere? It's an unseen world that only hang glider and paraglider pilots – and the
birds – know. Study the Turkey Vulture and the Albatross – we fumble along
compared to these amazing geniuses but their Creator intended them to fly so we can't be too jealous.
Gliding along at cloudbase in south central New Mexico. (photo by Steve Crye)
Los Tanques launch, Cauca River Valley – near Roldanillo, Colombia