Intermediate Course P3

Intermediate Course P3 – $500 (includes a free kiting harness)

Re-Certification $20 – challenge the HPAC P3 Exam only (no training).
Re-Certification $150 – one day evaluation & P3 exam study session.

(includes a free kiting harness)

This course will explain the following:
* Fine tune your forward launch
* Advance launch and landing techniques
* Intermediate flying maneuvers
* Aerodynamics and flying techniques
* Meteorology and chart reading
* Aviation air regulations
* Emphasis on Canopy Stall Prevention
* Tree landing self evacuation techniques
* Thermalling Techniques
* Top landing Techniques
* Learned flying skills: Student will learn how to initiate/correct the following:
* Reverse launch
* Spiral turns
* Wing-overs
* Asymmetrical collapses
* Frontal collapses
* Full speed bar and B-line stalls
* Students will be required to demonstrate 5 spot landings within 10 feet of the target.
*GPS task flying – learn how to use your GPS to complete flying tasks (just like in the Nationals)
*XC Flight – we will help you complete your first big XC flight, with a focus on safety and understanding of thermal trigger points and rotors/ lee side conditions.


HPAC Prerequisites

Must have attained both the Coastal/Ridge Endorsement and the Thermal Soaring Endorsement.
Logged Requirements
* Must have logged a minimum of 30 flying days.
* Must have logged a total of at least 90 flights.
* Must have logged a minimum of 60 hours of logged airtime.
* Demonstrated Skills and Knowledge
1. Has received training in and/or understands the importance and significance of:
a. Right of way rules.
b. Transport Canada Regulations and aircraft sectional charts
c. Airspeed control, stalls, spins, and turbulence-induced collapses and recoveries.
d. Canopy owner’s manual.
e. HPAC/ACVL Accident Report current results.
f. First aid (highly recommended).
2. Can give verbal analysis of conditions on the hill, demonstrating knowledge of wind shadows, gradients, lift, sink, laminar air,
turbulence and rotors, and the effect these items have on an intended flight path and turns.
3. Must give a verbal flight plan for each observed flight.
4. Must show thorough preflight of the harness, canopy, and backup reserve parachute.
5. 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.
6. 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 for witnessed tasks.
7. For witnessed tasks, all landings must be safe, smooth, on the feet, and in control.
8. Demonstrates the ability to differentiate airspeed from ground speed from wind speed.
9. Demonstrates linked 180° turns along a predetermined ground track showing smooth controlled reversals and proper
coordination at various speeds and bank angles.
10. Demonstrates 360° turns in both directions, and at various speeds and bank angles.
11. Demonstrates symmetric and asymmetric tip folds (25% per side, 50% total) or some other method of canopy reduction for
increased descent rate.
12. Demonstrates one method to increase forward speed.
13. Demonstrates proper surge control of canopy using properly timed brake application.
14. Gives a thorough verbal description how to maintain directional control during and correct a 50% asymmetric wing collapse.
15. Gives a thorough explanation of:
a. why flying a paraglider with one or both control toggles significantly extended should be avoided unless flaring for a landing.
b. the signs that the paraglider has entered a stalled configuration (one or both sides).
16. In 5-15 mph (8-24 km/h) winds, demonstrates the ability to maintain airspeed at or near minimum sink during crosswind and
upwind legs, without any evidence of stalls.
17. Demonstrates 5 landings within 10 feet (3 m) of a target after flights requiring turns on approach.
18. Demonstrates proper airspeed control on landing approach when descending through a gradient.
19. Demonstrates proper airspeed for maximum distance flown into a significant headwind.
20. Must pass the HPAC/ACVL Intermediate Paragliding (P3) written exam.
21. Acknowledges and understands the need to become familiar with site-specific restrictions and launch or landing access limits,
consistent with preservation of flying privileges at a site.