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Who would have thought that, in just 3 days - yes, 3 days - a skinny young whipper snapper just out of nappies, a hairy hill billy who hates Land Rovers, a Buddhist ginger Yorkshireman from Jersey and a small Andalucian rescue dog would be able to teach a scruffy bunch of smelly yetis like us to fly a massive nylon sheet from the top of a large hill and into a small field. Well, 8 out of 9 of us!!!!Complete idiots take a little longer!  Unbelievable. Great to meet you all and good luck with whatever flying you go on to master. And a HUGE thank you to Rob, Jack, Niall and Winston for getting me airborne again, making me smile and keeping me in one piece. Quite some challenge. All the best and stay safe. Mark

Mark Evans

Mark Evans
TV man

You´ve a great combo of knowledge, skills, patience and environment, cheers guys!

Andy McCloud

Andy McCloud
Engineer

Algodonales is one of the world's tiny communities that cherishes the pilots who come to visit and fly the skies above

Hugh Millar

Hugh Millar
Xc Magazine Editor

Great week, superb flying, just what I was after!

George Fell

George Fell
Outdoor pursuits Instructor

Dear Rob and Nic We felt that we must send you an e-mail post our weeks EP course. Both Jan and I have enjoyed many holidays during our time but we have to admit that this rates amongst the best of those experiences. Both Lee and Tim were first rate instructors who made us feel not only competently and professionally taught but also that our safety was their top concern at all times. The white board was a great investment Rob :) as both Tim and Lee gave great lectures (as a trainer myself its very rare that I don't get bored during presentations) but they both bought the theory to life. In addition to being great instructors they were also very friendly and approachable. The week soon became a delightful social mix (which we had not anticipated) in no small measure down to the wonderful Team Leader effect from John who really made the whole thing gel and produced a fab DVD that we have purchased. A big thankyou to all the team. We will be in touch very soon to book our CP. All our best

Elaine De Vos

Elaine De Vos

Dear Rob, Thanks to you and your crew for a fabulous two weeks in getting my CP license and being thoroughly enthused by you all about flying.

Mark Gilthorpe BSc PhD FHEA
Professor of Statistical Epidemiology, University of Leeds

Video review form recent December beginners paragliding course

Phil & Jo
Sailor and Public servant

Thanks Rob, Lee, John and Nic for an amazing week! Thanks for all your patience and encouragement. It was clear we were in very safe hands, and you gave us the confidence we needed to fly! Thanks also for creating such a fantastic atmosphere, for being so friendly and welcoming. It would have been a great holiday even without the flying! I hope to be back for the CP some time soonish. To be honest, I'm not even considering doing it anywhere else. If you find a diamond, stay with it I say. Give my best to all the crew (and tell Lee to cut down on the chicken wings :-) David 

David Coultous

David Coultous
IT Chief

Just a short note 2 thank you all for a cracking good time. Accommodation and Algo was brilliant and Lee and your understanding of the mountain kept everyone safely enjoying the superb flying on offer, all in all an exceptional week! Kind regards Steve Merten 

Steve Merten

Steve Merten
from Up North

Many thanks to you and Lee for a most enjoyable course, to James for keeping us well fed and watered, and to Chris for all his help especially on the first day out in the furnace. Having spent years in the Army where training is always on going it was a pleasure to watch a well run course, slowly building up the confidence of the students. ( Even if the instructors did resemble Worzel Gummidge ! ) Thanks also to Nic for the accommodation, which was very comfortable, and for a most pleasant evening with paella. Regards Brian 

Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman
MD

Have u heard the phrase "it does what it says on the tin" well.... that's Flyspain, and very well too!! This l believe; reflects on the proprietor (Rob) and staff (Lee,James & Chris) if l have missed anyone, apollogies. The work ethic; and really wanting to get people through safely is amazing and for all that l thank you, and really hope l can get back for some thermalling, and pilot rateing next year. I'll probably send u an email from time to time just to annoy u all, and let u know how Brian (the large one) and I (slim one) are doing, so for now bye; Ron. 

Ron Phillips

Ron Phillips
Sensibly retired

I just wanted to say a big thanks for last week. You have a great set-up over there – mixing good flying conditions with a nice holiday feel. Super stuff. I´m keen to get back and finish my ticket in November.....just tell me when i can come... 

Steve Haywood

Steve Haywood
Assistant Financial Director

Rob gave me a superb week - I went from Para dweeb to para cherub - and am desperate for more. The team were great fun to be with and I always felt safe and looked after in the air. Lee was a great instructor and Chris very kind and helpful. James, besides possessing the worst music collection since the british deaf and dumb foundation cut its first CD, was a trojan and always on the case. And the Master - he was just great - 'no-wamean'. I know you haven't yet made your plans for late spring next year but I would like to be on your books.Thanks again for a superb week 

Jamie Spencer

Jamie Spencer
Consultant

Hi Rob You have been on my to-do list for a week now Firstly I would like to thank you, Lee and Jimmy for taking my childhood dream and, with enthusiasm, passion and good humor, safely turning it into reality. Please would you be so kind as to pass on these words to the other instructors as I don't have their e-mail details. I´ll see you in the air very soon 

Mike Hawkins

Mike Hawkins
Aircraft Engineer

I'm still not on Facebook so I thought I'd email you my thoughts on the SIV course. What an amazing experience! It was a privilege to be part of that group and to benefit from Russell's unique knowledge and expertise. Lee did a fantastic job supporting Russell. As for the manoeuvres, I didn't enjoy spiral-dives very much but everything else was OK. In fact, the dreaded full-stall was great fun! It's surprising what abuse my Geo2 will tolerate and still sort itself out. I probably learned more about it in a week than I have in the last eighteen months. I'll have much more confidence in it in future. I'm looking forward to coming back to Algo, just as soon as I can fit in another trip. 

Ben Penrose

Ben Penrose
Engineer

Hi Nic Quick line to say thanks to you, Rob and Lee for a great week last week - well organized from booking through to flying and good to be in safe hands both in the air and in the bus (even Lee's driving). Hopefully get there again sometime next year. Have a good winter  

Roger Barwell

Roger Barwell

I want to thank you for an excellent week and for me what was possibly the best holiday I have had in three decades! It is always a bit of a gamble booking things on line especially when you are completely new to something and you are potentially putting yourself into the hands of strangers in far off lands. I sat in Malaga airport on Sunday the 27th Sept 2009, in the Golf bar as instructed and wondered if I would by going home shortly!! However, Ralph arrived bang on time and without but a brief pause collected four of us and off we shot to Algo. That was that, lovely accommodation chauffeured everywhere and looked after by some very professional and friendly FlySpain employees that fast became good friends with everyone in our group. What a group, mixed ages and from Software R&D developers through to EasyJet Pilots great people, great fun. I came to learn to paraglide of course like everyone else and we were not disappointed. Conditions in Algo are excellent and couple that with the expert and friendly Training from Rob and Lee – you are on to a winner! Rob and Lee provide an excellent teaching and training regime which creates real enthusiasm and confidence in your abilities – especially important when being told to run off a mountain. We all passed our EP with ease and capped the week with a marvellous flight to circa 4000ft Above see level. If you want to learn to paraglide – book Fly Spain – and enjoy the course, the place, and the people. Rob & Nic thanks again – I’ll be booking my CP in the next week or so! 

Martin Wimpenny

Martin Wimpenny

On the last night I forgot to thank you for another great week. You and Lee make us extremely welcome. We often remarked the extradorniarily lengths you go to to get us flying on the non-flyable days and as a consequence, I now have 5.5 hours to add to my log book ( if I actually kept one that is ) and alot more knowledge; something that yourself and Lee provide unselfishly and with a sublity that is far too scary. I would love to return, which will probably be next year 'cause I've spent all my browny points with my wife and need another year to earn them back again. Thanks again and if at all possible will be retruning next year. Regards Ray P.S Tell Lee he's as bad as I am at Bar-Football ( we both got thrashed by a bunch of girls ). 

Ray Thorton

Ray Thorton
Aeronautical Engineer

I don't do good decisions very often, but learning to paraglide with Fly Spain was definitely one of them. The instructors were great. Very friendly, welcoming, dedicated and instilled a lot of confidence. I did the EP course, choosing to finish my CP in the UK, but in retrospect I wish I had done both. I think the course gives you the chance to learn a great deal in a short space of time and provides a firm foundation for further learning, backed by some decent air time. The accommodation was top notch, in a lovely village where good food and booze are cheap and plentiful. I highly recommend it.

Stuart Chandler

Stuart Chandler
Architect

My friend and I spent two weeks spent working towards our Club Pilot qualifications with FlySpain and it literally flew by. The staff were professional throughout and ensured that we had a lot of fun at the same time as gaining our qualifications. We were given ample support on both the practical and theoretical aspects of the course. The depth of knowledge amongst the instructors is incredible and it's great to be taught by people who so obviously love what they do. Algodonales is beautiful - especially from 1000 metres up! The relaxed Spanish atmosphere, delicious food, cheap beer and (usually) perfect weather add up to a great experience. There is one major downside: you won't want to leave. 

Simon Coulson

Simon Coulson
Barclays Capital

Hello Rob Back home in the rain now! I feel SAD coming on already! Anyway, thanks for a great couple of weeks, learned lots. You both have great enthusiasm combined with careful advice and sense of fun. A great combination, long may it continue! Best wishes Bob Gay 

Bob Gay

Bob Gay
Architect supremo

Just wanted to say 'Thanks' for a great week. Rob and Lee are both really great at coaching, and by the end of the week my confidence in flying was really picking up. Sooo wished I had booked for 2 weeks! I shall be back. Debs. 

Debbie Priestly

Debbie Priestly
Mum & therapist

Dear Rob and Nic, Just a brif note to say thanks for a lovely holiday. I did have a great time, partly as a result of the flying which in retrospect I feel very happy with, and partly as a result of your informal and friendly attitude. Being invited over to your place was an unexpected pleasure. I am only sorry that Vanessa and I could not stay and make a night of it.....we did to follow have a lovely romantic week in rain and found somewhere very rustic to stay. I proposed to her at some point that week which I am not yet regretting! So yeah basically, thanks, hope you are doing ok and the business is flourishing, and almost definitely see you in July in sunny (?) Wales. Thinking of you from London teaching chaos, Jonathan. xxxxxx
 

Jonathon Chutter

Jonathon Chutter
Teacher

Hi Rob, Just a quick note to say thank you to Lee and yourself for the all the effort you put in to make the most of the time we had during our stay in Algo. Time now to get back to a little work..... and then start planning a trip for later in the year. Regards, Paul 

Paul Sommers

Paul Sommers
Travel agent