''Never Stop Learning''

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Pilot Development

You've got your CP, congratulations!

Now the real flying begins. It can be daunting to take your first flights without an instructor. The Pilot Development Scheme is a way to provide a structured path to progress, acquire knowledge and build skills through attainable goals.

At Fly4Seasons, we specialise in working with low airtime pilots, teaching you how to thermal, experience your first cross country flights and gain confidence.

We can sign off tasks, assisting you in the next rating and helping you to become a safer pilot.

We fly with you and also guide from the ground, you're GPS tracked so we know where you are.

Pre and post flight briefings, even a tandem flight with an instructor are all included.

Course Outline

Through both practical exercises and group discussions we will cover the following topics :-

Selecting the best days to fly. We lead busy lives and have other commitments, we'll cover how to recognise the potentially good weather days and those days when we should do other things.

Selecting the best place to fly. Being at the right place is important.

When to launch and when to wait.

Understanding airflow, on site and over the terrain in general. Recognising potential turbulent areas.

How to land safely, selecting a spot and getting down without drama.

Rapid descent techniques, how and when to use them.

Top landing - theory and practical if conditions allow - vital if you want to progress to pilot level.

Thermal mapping, how to stay in them and get high.

Thermal tandem flight with instructor - maybe the best way to learn?

Glider selection - when to move up a class and when not to.

Ground handling. If you're at one with the glider on the ground, you'll go far in the air.

Choosing mentors and peers. Those pilots around you will influence your decisions, some are better than others.

Recognising and dealing with intermediate syndrome - everyone goes through this stage.

Dealing with fear and anxiety. We all get scared sometimes. 


Practical Info:-

Course Price is €745 (or free with a new glider purchase) and includes the following;

Airport transfers to/from Sofia airport on Saturday around lunchtime. Private transfer is possible for those arriving or departing at different times.

7 Nights half board accommodation with breakfast every morning and 6 evening meals.

You get your own room - no single supplement to pay!

Coaching and instruction with BHPA instructors.

Tandem flight with instructor, conditions permitting.

You must have travel insurance to specifically cover paragliding.

We can sign off BHPA Pilot tasks as and when we cover them.

CP students still needing one or two tasks assessed are also welcome.

You'll need a 2m radio, helmet and reserve parachute. School gliders are available if you don't have your own kit.