About Paragliding Flight Instruction
What you can expect from your instructor:
Paragliding is more recreation than sport, your instructor will keep
the lessons fun while teaching the important skills to keep you safe.
What your instructor will expect from you:
Have fun while you’re learning to fly – life’s better
when you’re having fun, you’ll learn faster, and you’ll
retain the information longer.
The USHPA beginner rating (P1) allows for free flight only under the supervision of an instructor. This rating is appropriate for only a few occasional pilots (like rock legend Steven Tyler) who want an instructor with them at all times. The Novice (P2) training takes the pilots through all the basic skills development required to fly solo in most flyable conditions. The Midnight Sun Paragliding, LLC training program is geared toward those who have had enough exposure to paragliding to know that they want to continue through novice pilot training and are prepared to purchase equipment immediately.
While MSP provides training gear, there is no substitute for learning with the gear you will ultimately be flying with, therefore gear will be ordered, secured with a 50% deposit, no later than the end of your first days’ training. Training gear will be provided until your equipment arrives (up to 8 weeks). There will be only 2-3 suitable paragliders and harnesses and your instructor will provide you the choices. Used equipment is almost always someone else’s junk so save your money. Apart from color, the differences between the paragliders that your instructor recommends will be too subtle for all but the most experienced pilot to notice.
Timing and prices to expect* (in the end, comparable to the cost of a snow machine and the least expensive aircraft you can buy!):
Novice Rating: $1600 instruction fee ~ 6-12 weeks (weather and scheduling
Approximate Equipment Costs: Paraglider $ 3500
* Alaska’s unpredictable weather dictates, in a large part, the training schedule. Training usually lasts all summer (May-Aug) and sometimes extends into the next spring depending on weather, personal schedules, and student progression.
Phone or email: Jake Schlapfer (907) 240-5420
Midnight Sun Paragliding, LLC
Jake Schlapfer, Instructor
15101 Curvell Dr.
Anchorage, AK 99516