P2 Autonomous Pilot
So you’ve learned the basics. You’ve had a handful of flights in light conditions, supervised by your pilot mentors. Now you’re ready to take the next steps to fly higher, further and with complete autonomy. First, you’ll need to build up your toolset to make sure you can soar safely, in moderate to strong conditions.
P2 pre-requisite requirements
- Successfully attained a P1 rating
- Theoretical knowledge and skills to fly without direct supervision.
- Minimum 25 logged flights
P2 Course Content
- Weather: observing and understanding forecasts, describe conditions at launch/landing
- Safety: a detailed analysis of geographical effects on turbulence and wind flow
- Physics: a thorough understanding of wing and air dynamics and how they affect paragliders in flight.
- Pilotage: in-flight exercises to become proficient in active piloting, use of speedbar, application of big-ears (controlled wing tip-folds for rapid descent), rapid descent techniques, weight shift turns, landing approaches, rear riser control, spot landing (accuracy in landing).
- Simulator: practice with emergency scenarios, reserve parachute deployment
- Reserve repacking course
- Ground control: mastery of paraglider control, demonstrated ability to keep wing overhead for 2 minutes in steady wind, mastery of wing control in strong winds.
How long will it take?
The P2 course will vary from student to student depending on how much practice the student has had and how much proficiency they can demonstrate both on the ground and in the air since attaining their P1 rating.
A pilot who has dialed-in all of their skills during their P1 phase may only require signoff from an instructor based on witnessed in-flight tasks and a written P2 exam. This is something that can be accomplished in as little as two days of flying. Other pilots may require longer to both learn the above mentioned skills and demonstrate their application. Weather may also play a factor in extending the teaching hours required for instruction of all required tasks.
Average length of course: 2-3 full days.
What happens once I have my P2?
Congratulations! You’re now an autonomous paragliding pilot, as recognized by our governing body, HPAC. You will now be free to fly at most sites in Canada and around the world, on your own, under certain operating limitations. From this point on, most of your learning will be done by flying and applying all the theory and technical skills accumulated in your P1/P2 course as well as talking with your new community of pilots. In this sport, learning never stops, neither does the fun. We encourage you to embark on one of our worldwide paragliding tours and clinics to fine-tune your skills with in-flight radio coaching and instruction from some of the best pilots around. Our tours take care of all the logistics required, from airport pickup to accommodation and translation services. You focus on the flying, we’ll take care of everything else.
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