Paragliding Solo Training

 

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Blue Gravity will be concentrating on PG flyaways and advancement training for the remainder of the year. There is no BASIC Training at present

 

BLUE GRAVITY for the foreseeable future will not be conducting ab-initio until 2018. We will advise via the website when recommencing with initial PG training

 

ADVANCED training – XC and Sport License as well as TANDEM training

Advanced training is designed to take a pilot with a basic paragliding license and to educated and mentor them with advanced skills to take their flying to the next level both in Safety and in XC flying ability.

The course provide theory and practical:

  1. Pass SAHPA Sport License.
  2. Provide theory and exercises to develop thermalling and XC skills.
  3. Provide training on how to compete in PG races as found in SA.
  4. Access to manual developed for further knowledge in advanced paragliding.
  5. Cloud understanding.
  6. GPS usage training
  7. Regulation understanding
  8. Airspace
  9. Access to “mind your Flight”
  10. Fly-aways to practice theory and to hone skills

Cost: R2500 involving two evenings of theory

Practical exercises provided over next 6 months where BG flies and on a personally tailored understanding per each student. Each participant must have their own serviceable paragliding kit.

Please read further down on this page for full information

Blue Gravity

is committed to ab-initio training both locally and internationally in various adventure pursuits specialising in Paragliding. We aim to incorporate this with showing off the wonders of our country. We also encourage participating in other adventurous activities as time permits and on those days when the flying is not possible due to weather.

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The company does not restrict its operations to any geographical area as we believe in a complete experience and wish to include sight seeing during the training. We believe in living life and ensuring our students and clients enjoy as much of Southern Africa as possible.

 

Paragliding is a sport that becomes addictive for all intensive purposes and it provides the opportunity for most people to experience flight and freedom, make friends and visit places around the world. Paragliding is one big brotherhood and brings people together from all walks of life, nationalities, race and religion.

 

P1030364Paragliding is relatively quick to learn and the paraglider is easy to store, transport and use. Taking this into consideration, it does come with inherent risk if not entered into with due respect for both the environment in which we fly, the weather and our own limitations.

Blue Gravity is a company run by people whom love adventure and expeditions but believe that to enjoy the real aspect of any adventure or sport one needs to be effectively trained and have the correct equipment. The most critical thing is to enjoy it and learn new skills. Our trips and training are not just about one aspect but involve other sports where possible. Life is short and there is much to do.

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Paragliding is an aviation sport and we share the air with many other craft other than fellow paragliders and hang gliders. It is therefore also important that we need to adhere to Civil Aviation Rules and laws as well as local laws and requirements. While the sport enjoys many freedoms we do need to ensure that safety is of highest priority so we can continue to enjoy the wonders of free flight and adventure.

 

It is important that one places safety foremost and thus we learn to fly in as safe environments as is possible, using safe reliable equipment, with competent instructors. Safety and personal responsibility is advocated by Blue Gravity and all our staff.  If one adheres to the rules and uses common sense, the sport is incredibly satisfying and becomes as safe as one makes it. Fly outside of ones limits and in disregard of “mother natures’ forces” and paragliding can be dangerous as can any adventure sport.

 

It must be noted that it is not safe to teach oneself and/or instruct others without the correct qualifications and experience.  There are a lot of aspects such as Airmanship, aviation knowledge in regards to glider control, safety procedures, weather, micro-meteorology and understanding aeronautical principles that will, when added to ones’ skill, form the basis for a well rounded, knowledgeable and safe pilot.

 

It is not about jumping off a mountain. This is the purest form of flight and we endeavour to develop a sense of responsibility and ongoing eagerness to learn, that will assist each student to become a competent pilot and achieve their potential. Accidents happen more often to those lacking in skills, knowledge or to those disregarding the rules or conditions, as does flying too advanced gliders for their skill levels or defective equipment.

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Licensing

The South African Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association (SAHPA)  issue a paragliding membership to the association. RAASA issues the Paragliding License in South Africa. It is a legal requirement to have a license in order to fly. We do so under the dispensation from the Civil Aviation Authority.

License criteria are completed through RAASA approved schools with RAASA rated instructors. Blue Gravity Paragliding School is the first and only independently Accredited school with its own ATO certified by the SACAA.

 

 Learning to fly

 

It is not as easy as it looks and takes commitment and dedication.  Some of our senior and experienced pilots, in the fields of cross country, acrobatics and competition flying, have steadily come up through the ranks. It has taken time and experience to have achieved what they have today. “Sky Gods” are just committed students for the lifetime of their flying.

 

Although paragliding is one of the simplest aviation sports to participate in, not to mention cost effective. Prospective pilots must realise that to master it takes a lot of hard work, determination and a real will to fly, in order to become a competent and safe pilot. There are often obstacles to overcome, such as family pressure, or work commitments, fear of heights, etc.

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Paragliding is a fantastic sport and is very rewarding.

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Mountain Training

 

Blue Gravity prefers the traditional mountain training method, however can and will train on winch as and when appropriate. Winch training can be completed faster in regards to number of flights obtained but also limits the students in regards to obstacle avoidance, good decision making and other forms of lift that paragliders use to fly.

 

We intend to utilize sites around the country dependent on student’s requirements and other activities entered into. There are many fantastic sights that add extra dimension to flying and we intend to develop these as much as possible.

 Communication with pilot under instruction

 

Blue Gravity will use radios to communicate to its students on the current SAPHA approved radio channels.

Each student will be required to use a radio and it is suggested that a radio is purchased asap. All students will be given clear briefings before any flight done under instruction or other wise. The student should not be reliant upon radio instruction to complete any aspect of a launch, flight or landing.

Instructors and other assistants

 

Bambi 08-08-46The chief instructor and owner is Kev Storie, who has been paragliding since 2000. He has been a competition pilot and is an active tandem pilot as well as served as the chairman of the Paragliding Association. Prior to that he was involved in many other adventure activities from endure and adventure motorcycling, to kayaking, scuba – the list goes on. In regards to aviation activities he was involved in parachuting in the South African Military. He is a keen aviator and flies Touring Motor Gliders while heavily involved in SA Aviation as the past General Manager of the Aero Club of South Africa and continues to with involvement with the development of National Aviation Safety Campaign. He is the recipient many awards from the Aviation Industry from CAASA, SSSA, SAMAA, EAA, MGC, GASI and the Aero Club of South Africa itself recently receiving Gold wings for services to the Sport and Recreation Aviation industry.

 

 

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Maryna Storie – a many year former  South African ladies champion is one of our assistant instructors making us exceptionally well geared towards training women. She has won many competitions with British and Dutch Opens in her class which is no mean feat. She is an excellent solo pilot and holds a tandem rating.

She is the author of the book “Mind your Flight”.

The School makes use of other trained instructors and assistants as well as tandem pilots, as and when required.

The School prides itself on its quality instruction, and the standard of the staff are of an excellent calibre.

Our Mission

 

Our mission is to equip a new student pilot with all the skills required to make him or her enjoy the flying. It is though firmly up to the commitment of each student pilot.

Our students must prove that they have sufficient knowledge and skills befitting their grade. We believe people earn their qualifications and we do not just hand out licenses. We hope to see our students achieving well in all aspects of the sport.

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Our Courses

Our courses generally start off with a practical day involving ground handling, followed by an intro theory lecture. This may also involve DVD screenings and other aspects showing the pros and cons of paragliding and what is possible. We follow the general outline and cover and often exceed all license requirements.. We do however intend to go deeper into some areas to ensure our graduating pilots are trained to a global standard. I believe there is a lot more understanding that needs to be imparted and that ground handling is an incredibly important aspect to effective flying. Knowledge and understanding are very important factors in paragliding safely.

Students are first taught the ground handling of the paraglider. This on average this takes about 5 – 10 hours (one to two days) although some people may take longer to fully learn the control need to fly a paraglider. We encouraged pilots to ground handle as often as possible. No pilot will be launched until they can ground handle effectively. We will show different techniques and assist the student in choosing the best technique for themselves. Once the technique has been mastered, the student is introduced to the flying aspects. The first flights are done either on small slopes (or on the winch with a low tension and very controlled). The student is instructed on the radio continuously, from where they fly down to an easy landing.

The instructors follow strict safety procedures at all times to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for the beginner students. Students are taught on a very personal basis, although they may start in a group. That means that every student gets a lot of direct attention. We also offer ground handling classes on sports fields, when possible.

At our mountain sites we will familiarize the student with and go over the take off techniques used on mountains as well as ridge soaring, and the rules for flying with other pilots on the ridge, as well as understanding mountain weather.

There are extra charges for fly-away training at alternative sites that the student has to pay. The costs for transport, accommodation and meals will be for the student (see Terms and Conditions).

The cost of winching is for the students account should it not be a blue gravity winch.

When the student has reached the total of 40 flights, but has not yet completed all the requirements for the Basic license or reached the desired standard of proficiency, they will have to pay an additional fee agreed fee until such time as he receives his license. This will seldom happen.

Basic License course 

  • SAHPA temporary membership, valid for 6 months with Training manual.
  • Theory.
  • Ground handling.

The student will use School equipment for the first 15 flights and thereafter either hire or purchase a relevant glider, either new or second hand for their use.  It is advisable for a student to purchase their kit and there is no restriction on brand or distributor.

We do however have excellent pricing on equipment sold by Blue Gravity and recommend the world record winning manufacturer SOL.

  • A total of 35 flights minimum, max 40 flights.
  • Sign off is not dependent on minimum flights completed but on the Blue Gravity Instructors and observers decision as to whether the pilot is sufficiently able to fly competently without supervision. Only on this will the license be signed off. The Chief Instructors decision is final.
  • The use of the equipment during instruction,.
  • The use of the equipment, excluding radios
  • Theory lectures covering micro-meteorology, aerodynamics, flight planning, and air law.
  • All practical requirements.
  • Winch flying training (if required).
  • Mountain flying training.
  • Winch release (if required).
  • Marked Theory Test.
  • Completed paper work for final license submission to RAASA

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 STUDENT TO LICENCE FEE BREAKDOWN

It must be said that you get what you pay for at blue gravity – Commitment to your training, safety and a good solid basis of knowledge to form the foundation of any aviation pursuit going forward on in your life. 

STUDENT FEE APPLICATION FEE VALID FOR 6 MONTHS

 

AS per RAASA/SAHPA rates.

STUDENT LICENSE TO FULL MEMBERSHIP & LICENSE is for the students account

 

AS per RAASA rates as the licensing is a rolling licensing membership system.

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Basic License course offers – R12500 ( Deposit R6000 required )

 Option 1 

The First 15 flights are on school equipment, there after student can hire or purchase their own equipment unless a negotiated deal is agreed. Student License is included.

Most Pilots should be using their own equipment from 20 flights onwards. the reason for this is the student becomes comfortable with their own equipment and progresses faster and learns their kit while still under instruction which makes for a better pilot and a faster learning curve.

Costs not included are: site fees, transport to, from, and at the site, Sahpa membership/ AeCSA membership and RAASA National Pilot License payment , winching costs, the cost of repair to equipment, radios, radio licenses, harnesses and glider if damaged and transport. 

Option 2: Basic Course with new SOL  wing (EN A) and EASY harness and Tuition Fee:( Deposit required ) 

Kit pricing changes so fast with the poor RAND against the dollar that we now do pricing on request 

Price Contact Blue Gravity via kevin.bluegravity@gmail.com 

Costs not included are: site fees, transport to, from, and at the site, Sahpa membership/ AeCSA membership and RAASA National Pilot License payment , winching costs, the cost of repair to equipment, radios, radio licenses, harnesses and glider if damaged and transport. 

Option 3: Basic Course with new SOL wing (EN A) and EASY harness, RS reserve , helmet and Tuition Fee: ( Deposit required )

Kit pricing changes so fast with the poor RAND against the dollar that we now do pricing on request 

Price Contact Blue Gravity via kevin.bluegravity@gmail.com 

Costs not included are: site fees, transport to, from, and at the site, Sahpa membership/ AeCSA membership and RAASA National Pilot License payment , winching costs, the cost of repair to equipment, radios, radio licenses, harnesses and glider if damaged and transport. 

10 Differentiating factors compared to normal basic training included . 

 

  1.      Asymmetric tuck training and practical.
  2.      Decent techniques training and practical.
  3.      Pull up techniques (ones for different air).
  4.      Front tuck training.
  5.      Tandem flights to train specifics.
  6.      Ridge soaring techniques.
  7.      Regular “fly-aways” to different sites.
  8.      Special pricing on selected in-house equipment.
  9.      Reserve retraction techniques.
  10. Strong wind deflations techniques.

We only do instructional tandem flights or aerial photography instruction thus staying within the paragliding legal requirements.

The cost of the instructional flight is R600 for 10- 15 minutes. (Dependent on the package taken)

At different sites this fee may vary.

 Clothing required for Training

A good pair of running shoes but preferably Boots with ankle support.

  • Light windbreaker or fleece.
  • Long trousers or jeans while training.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Protection against the sun i.e. hat and suntan lotion (even in winter).
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camping chairs and umbrella.
  • Food and drink, (water and cold drinks) for during the day. Especially in summer LOTS of fluids are essential as one can easily get dehydrated. NB lots of water!!!
  • Warmer clothes for the cool times of the day or during winter.

If possible and if other sites are flown which have resident instructors the opportunity to learn other techniques will be offered to the students for pre-arranged fees if those instructors wish to participate in the program.

Blue Gravity believes in ensuring that students get a rounded training and acknowledge that other instructors and pilots input is vital to all-round good airmanship.

For SIV and specialized courses, these may come in time, currently we will use specialized skills of certain handpicked instructors from around SA to present and run these courses.

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Time, venue or meeting place

Students are required to be punctual. We will not wait for students as this affects the other students.

Respect for others and their needs will be encouraged. Venues times and sites will be agreed and detailed before the time preferably a week in advance.

If the weather is not correct for training, every endeavour will be made to inform the student before the time to ensure that the student can do other activities. We actively encourage other activities such as Mountain biking, Kayaking and Adventure motor biking and will try where possible to incorporate these into the events and trips.

The chief form of communication on the day will be Whats App, SMS, cell phone calls and or e-mails.

It is the student’s responsibility to get all pertinent information although the instructor will endeavour to provide this.

Meetings notification, news and dates and times of events, fly-away’s etc. will be notified by e-mail and will be put on the website which is still to be activated.

If you wish to be on the e-mail list please request so in an e-mail to kevin.bluegravity@gmail.com

Getting your own equipment

 

Do not purchase before the course. (Obviously, if you already have equipment then we will check it over to see if it is airworthy and suitable for training and or flying) We will assist you once you have gained the knowledge to choose a suitable rig. Never buy anything without consulting your instructor while a student. We will know how you fly and will have more insight into which wings you should be looking at as a starting point. 

Once you have decided that you enjoy this sport, the School will assist you in getting the right equipment, suitable for your weight and size, and financial requirements. Blue Gravity has access to all the dealers of new equipment and can assist with good second-hand gear and accessories. When a pilot has achieved his Basic License, the School will help with honing  skills at no extra charge. 

Equipment costs that is required for flying a paraglider including second hand to new equipment:

  • Paraglider  Costing between R10000 – R50000
  • Harness Costing between R3000 – R12000
  • Helmet between R600 – R5000
  • Radio (optional but suggested) between R1200 –R5000
  • Variometer (optional but suggested) between R2500 –R15000
  • Boots (optional but suggested)  R2200 – R4500
  • Gloves (optional but suggested) R150 – R800
  • GPS (optional but suggested) R2000 – R 12000

Pilots are welcome to keep flying with the School and go on fly-away’s with it. We will assist them with meeting with other pilots to fly at alternative sites. We will introduce them to different clubs where they can join to make contact with more pilots, and grow as a pilot.

Current Basic License requirements

 

  • Complete a minimum of 35 solo flights, of minimum 60 seconds duration each, of which 20 flights must be from over 100m height difference, and a total time of at least 4 hours flight time logged, and at least one soaring flight of a minimum 20 minutes. At least 2 flights shall be in light thermic conditions and will be at least 10 minutes duration each and will include some thermalling turns (consecutive 360s in rising air). All flights shall be documented by the student in the logbook and student log register signed by the Instructor, on a daily basis.
  • Winch trained pilots must have done at least 10 flights at a mountain site over not less than 4 flying days, which will include a ridge soaring flight in company, in addition to the winch training.
  • Must have at least one flight of more than 20 minutes duration.
  • Must have at least two flights of at least 10 minutes each in thermic conditions (consecutive 360s in rising air.)
  • Must have flown in ridge lift sharing the ridge with several pilots (ridge soaring).
  • Must be able to demonstrate good unassisted forward take-offs in wind strengths of up to a calm 15 kph wind with no associated turbulence.
  • Good reverse pull-up and take off technique with cross brake method (at least 3 flights).
  • Straight line flights demonstrating good flying technique.
  • A flight demonstrating S turns or figure 8s.
  • 180 degree turns, left and right (separate flights permitted) v” 360 degree turns, left and right (separate flights permitted).
  • Demonstration of flight and landing with back risers.
  • Demonstration of flight with Big Ears.
  • Demonstration of landing accuracy 3 out of 3 attempts in 50 m diameter circle.
  • Demonstrate good layout, daily inspection and pre-flight checks (5 point check).
  • Demonstrate good unassisted pull-ups/inflation and ground control.
  • Demonstrate good takeoff position (Alpine and reverse) and final check including (5 point check – Canopy or wing (open curve, cells open, no holes or deformations, into wind ready to inflate) , lines – (no knots twists, lines over, free from obstructions), connectors, all fastened and connected correctly ( risers, Caribiners and speed bars clips)  straps ( and their clips for Legs, chest, shoulders) and buckles ( helmet etc)  wind (strength, correct direction, consistency) and airspace (other pilots or craft – flying or about to launch /takeoff in near vicinity, clouds (Low Cloud base)).
  • Hold canopy inflated directly overhead in sufficient wind.
  • Total of at least 4 hours air time minimum.
  • Have flown at least 2 different sites (1 x winch site, 1 x mountain site for winch trained pilots).
  • Be familiar with and able to demonstrate the parachute landing roll technique.
  • Have done the course over not less than 7 days continuous training, or 9 days intermittent training.
  • Pass the Basic License written test.
  • Submit a copy of the logbook signed by a rated instructor to confirm that the applicant completed all requirements.

Blue Gravity Paragliding School requires the following additional items to be completed:

 

  • Attendance of theory lectures.
  • Asymmetric wing tip tucks rectification procedures.
  • Big Ears execution and Landing with Big Ears.
  • Abort techniques and drag procedures.

Terms and Conditions of Training

 

The terms and conditions below have been compiled to ensure that the student receives good service from the instructor and Blue Gravity Paragliding School, and that he/she understands the terms on which the instructor agrees to provide the training.

 

Student Requirements:

  • A course deposit must be paid in full prior to the commencement of training or flying.
  • The student understands and agrees that there is risk of injury when doing the sport of paragliding (see also the school’s Indemnity Form), and that the student has informed his insurance company and/or medical aid about participating in the sport.
  • Training fees include the fee for the first registration of the student to SAHPA/RAASA for the SAHPA/RAASA Temporary membership.
  • The SAHPA/RAASA Temporary membership fee will be paid over (by the school) to SAHPA/RAASA within 7 days of the student commencing the course. The student will receive a student membership card from SAHPA.
  • The student will read and sign the school’s indemnity form, the SAHPA Temporary Membership registration form and the Medical Fitness Declaration form (or submit a form signed by a Medical Practitioner), as well as the Terms and Conditions of Training Agreement and pay the course fees, on enrollment. All students, pilots and tandem passengers are required to sign the indemnity form before any flying takes place.
  • Once training has started, no refund of course fees will be considered. The School undertakes and is prepared, within the time limits and conditions below, to provide training to the enrolled person, or to discuss and agree on a reasonable extended time frame to complete the training enrolled for. The School will be entitled to charge a course renewal fee in the event of any agreed time duration being exceeded.
  • Each student will be invoiced for his/her own school radio AND basic helmet for the duration of the course – if serviceable there after a credit will be issued.
  • Training fees cannot be transferred to another person, once training has commenced.
  • The enrolled course(s) must be completed within the prescribed or agreed time period from date of commencement, unless the student has been in regular communication with the School, and informed the School of events beyond his control that has necessitated the delay or non-attendance, and an extension of time had been arranged in good time. Regular attendance for a course is compulsory, unless prior apologies are tendered or special arrangements have been made.
  • Duration of courses (when not otherwise agreed or extended): NB. All courses must be COMPLETED within 6 months of commencement Courses NOT completed will require a course renewal fee for re-entry.
  • An absent student whom has not completed the course signed up for within the period designated above, due to not attending training classes, and who did not communicate with the School regarding delays when they occurred, and where no special circumstances and arrangements exist, will be required to renew his SAHPA Temporary membership (Student license) AND pay an additional training fee (course renewal fee) of R1000 ex vat, that will ensure training for a further 6 months. The School has to keep space for training any student and is thereby deprived of income that could be derived from another student. Any further delays will have to be negotiated with the School.
  • The SAHPA Temporary membership is valid for 6 months at a time.
  • When the student has reached the total of 40 flights, but has not yet completed all the requirements for the Basic license or reached the desired standard of proficiency, they will  have to pay an additional fee until such time as he receives his license
  • Compulsory Mountain flights: There is a fly-away fee determined by the location, duration and nature of the event as well as student site fees and site levies, retrieve and other incidentals, and this is payable upfront. This fee is non-refundable even if no flying is possible on a given day. The costs for transport to the site, accommodation, meals and additional retrieve on such events and on weekends will be for the student
  • A student or pilot causing extensive damage to the school equipment will be charged for the cost of the repairs, taking into account the reason for and extent of the damage. This is covered partly by the deposit.
  • A student is required to attend all theory lectures provided in the course. Theory lectures take place as per program announced regularly by e-mail or program announcement or SMS, and will normally be presented at destination and time arranged for the lectures.
  • A student is required to advise the School when he wants to attend a training session, so that the School can arrange to have sufficient equipment and/or instructors on site.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to telephonically contract the instructor on 083 233 1063 prior to Thursday 12h00 (12 noon) before any weekend flying to confirm his or her attendance. We mostly use a “Whats App” group which works well.
  • The advisory should take place during the week prior to the session, or at least the day before the session.
  • Students are required to fill in the attendance register on a daily basis as well as enter all flights and exercises executed on the Student Flight Log Register and also enter his flights in his own logbook.
  • It is understood that the student will pay all the SAHPA/RAASA temporary membership renewal fees when the fee is due, excluding the initial fee, either by submitting it through the instructor or by paying it directly to SAHPA/RAASA.
  • The SAHPA/RAASA  temporary membership is a continuous period and is NOT linked to the training period, and cannot be deferred in any way.
  • The student must pay all and any site fees – failure to do this will result in immediate curtailment of his or her training.
  • Any equipment purchased must be paid for up front unless a special agreement is entered into between Blue Gravity and the student. Failure to pay by the agreed upon date will attract interest of 7 % of the outstanding amount including unpaid interest accumulated per each month of non payment as well as a R100 admin fee.
  • The student is responsible for all equipment issued to him or her for the purposes of training. The student is responsible for all and any cost to repair replace or recover any equipment in their possession..
  • Any damage to a glider is for the students account and will be initially recovered from the students training fees paid. Any amount over and above will be invoiced and attract the interest etc as per any outstanding balance.

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Instructor Responsibilities

 

  • The School undertakes to teach the student all the required and offered flying lessons and theory, within the terms and conditions of training and limitations of the course signed up for, and detailed above, or within special time constraints, should these exist, provided that it is understood that all training is weather dependent as per the criteria set out by SAHPA at the time of training.
  • The instructor will advise students where a training session will take place and at what time the student will be at the training venue, or where the student will meet prior to proceeding to the training venue. This communication will take place via email, WhatsApp, or sms, detailing whatever arrangement has been agreed upon. Should there be confusion in any way, it is the student’s duty to confirm the arrangements with the instructor. Contact the instructor via cell phone prior to 12h00 on a Thursday prior to a training weekend to confirm attendance. It is also student’s responsibility to check emails for info on fly aways and NO fly weekends. If not sure please ring the instructor. If an Instructor travels to site and the student does not arrive – Blue Gravity reserves the right to charge and claim all travel costs and instructional time costs. 
  • Any delays or problems, including unsuitable weather or changed weather conditions, or unavailability due to private reasons from the instructor, that will delay or prevent his arrival at the training venue, will be communicated to the students with whom training for the specific day had been arranged.
  • The instructor undertakes to be available for training sessions in his personal capacity or to provide a qualified substitute instructor for those students that have made arrangements with him for training on a specific day except in the case of unsuitable weather or circumstances out of his control.  When the student has reached the total of 40 flights, but has not yet completed all the requirements for the Basic license or reached the desired standard of proficiency, they will  have to pay an additional fee as detailed in the prospectus until such time as he receives his license.
  • The student will be informed when it is deemed that the weather is not suitable for training.
  • A day that is not flyable due to adverse weather conditions may be utilized for theory lectures.
  • Verbal agreements on days and time of instruction will be binding on both parties, provided the weather is suitable.
  • Should a student suffer an injury through any cause, including flying, the course validity will be extended with the time taken to recover from such injury, without extra training fees required from the student should the time period of 6 months expire during recovery, provided that the instructor was informed (preferably in writing) of the problem when it occurred.
  • The instructor undertakes to provide good training equipment, suitable for training unqualified persons, and to keep the equipment in airworthy condition, and to comply with the requirements for training and equipment as set out in the SAHPA/TPM Operations & Procedures Manual and CAA Regulations.
  • The instructor will not be required to refund any fees or balance of fees to the student, should the student decide to enroll with another school, or stop flying for any reason, unless this agreement has been violated by the instructor in any manner.
  • This Agreement will be binding for any additional courses or special arrangements agreed to between the instructor and the student, in addition to the original course entered.
  • A copy of this agreement and Terms and Conditions of Training will be made available to the trainee.
  • Training Manual: a training manual will be provided to each registered student as and when SAHPA makes them available. Blue Gravity or any of its staff are not responsible for any official paper work or lack of issue of licenses etc, once handed over to RAASA/SAHPA.

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Blue Gravity will issue (and invoice) you with a paraglider and harness for the first 15/20 flights.Once the course is completed and the wing returned in suitable condition to Blue Gravity, the invoice will be credited. Damage loss etc are your responsibility, as is transport and storage. The glider must be kept in good working order and if damaged it is the student’s responsibility to repair it as per the schools directions and at approved repairers. Instruction will only recommence once the glider is returned to an air worthy condition.