Advance P4 Course – $500
For pilots with their HAGAR (intermediate) P3 rating, we will fine tune your flying techniques and prepare you for the HPAC Advanced examination.
Includes a free Deimos T-Shirt.
HPAC insurance and other membership fees not included
(Year round training available)
Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Intermediate Rating.
This evening course will cover the topics required to successfully complete the HPAC Advanced exam, plus:
* Cross Country (XC) Course
* GPS task flying course
HPAC Test Criteria:
HPAC/ACVL Intermediate rating (P3).
All three of the following endorsements:
o Thermal Soaring
o SIV (“Simulation d’Incident en Vol”, Simulation of Incidents in Flight).
Pass HAGAR exam.
Must have made 5 flights at each of 5 different sites in Intermediate level conditions, of which 3 were inland.
Must have logged a minimum of 80 flying days.
Must have logged at least 3, 1-hour flights in thermal lift without sustaining ridge lift. Flights must originate from at least 2
different sites in Intermediate level conditions.
Must have logged at least 1, 1-hour flight in ridge lift without sustaining thermal lift.
Must have logged a minimum of 120 hours total solo airtime. Of these 120 hours, 60 must be in thermal lift.
Must have flown a minimum of 5 different models of paragliders
Must have achieved the Coastal/Ridge Endorsement and the Thermal Endorsement.
Demonstrated Skills and Knowledge
1. Demonstrates preflight of the harness, canopy, and reserve parachute.
2. Can give a verbal analysis of conditions.
3. Can develop then follow a flight plan.
4. With each flight, demonstrates a method of establishing that the pilot is properly connected to the glider, with cleared lines and
risers just prior to launch.
5. All inflations/launches should be aggressive, confident, and with a smooth transition from running to flying. Flights with slow,
unstable inflations/launches will not be considered adequate as witnessed tasks.
6. All landings must be safe, smooth, on the feet and in control.
7. Demonstrate ability to allow clearance when doing 360° turns by demonstrating figure eights:
a. In a wind sufficient to cause drift, two points will be selected on a line perpendicular to the wind.
b. The pilot will fly along a line parallel to that joining the pylons, slightly downwind of the pylons, toward a point midway
between them. During the crosswind leg, the pilot will establish the degree of wind drift. At the midpoint between the pylons,
the pilot will make a smooth, deliberate upwind turn and enter a figure eight course consisting of smooth turns of constant
ground track radius around the pylons (centered on the pylons) with straight segments at the midpoint between the pylons.
c. The pilot must complete two consecutive figure eights in which the airspeed, bank angle, and turn rate are altered smoothly
around the course such that the proper ground track is held and the drift is compensated for, without overcompensation or
8. Demonstrate three consecutive landings within 10 feet (3 m) of a target after a flight which requires turns on approach. In smooth
conditions, the spot location should be changed by the Observer, for each of the three flights. Flights should be a minimum of
one minute and 200 feet (60 m) AGL.
9. Demonstrate smooth coordinated 360° turns in both directions, with reversal at various speeds and bank angles appropriate to
the rating level.
10. Pass the HPAC/ACVL Advanced Paragliding (P4) written exam.
11. The Instructor or Observer must be confident that the pilot can check in and fly Advanced rated sites without endangering
spectators, other pilots, or jeopardizing the site.
Deimos Advance Maneuvers
* B-line stall
* High wind pumping (top) landing (below ten feet)
* Croissant maneuver.
* Porpoise maneuver
* Deimos “Bird on a Cage” maneuver
* 25% Accelerated frontal
* Top landing flying close to stall
* Surfacing (soaring site maneuver)
* Top landing using pumping method
(* Required for Deimos Advance Rating)
How do I start?
Solo training starts on most Wednesdays and Fridays – please complete our reservation form when you plan to join us. You have up to one year to complete this course.