Fancy getting more from your flying?
Want to travel with your unit but are stuffed by ridgid Air freight regs? We have a solution. We at FlySpain are passionate about flying paramotors, our successful paramotor courses and tuition have led students to ask us for a guided option much like what we offer in Paragliding.
We are offering weeks thoughout the year where you bring the glider you fly at home plus your instruments, comms kit etc and we rent you the motor unit and offer guidance and paramotor coaching around the beautiful area of Andalucia.
Watch the video of Ric and Russ on a 40 k flight to Montellano castle
Aim of the week
Push your paramotor boundaries and explore our beautiful South corner of Andalucia, we´ve loads of great paramotor routes to explore.
The First day will be mosty familiarisation with our motor units and geography of the area and an oreintation flight of the area. The remainder of the week will be made up of a mix of out and return routes plus an opportunity for some thermalling practice and a variety of really interesting routes organised by us for you to follow.
For example one day might mean an Xc to the beach, another a Xc route taking Andalucian lakes and Sierras or a round robin of historic Castles.
One of our routes might mean you would include an overnight stay following an Xc flight and then a return flight the next day. It would be supported with a vehicle and driver, accommodation would be at our popular Eagles nest for the most part.
Ideally you need to have either a BHPA Cp power ticket OR at least twenty current hours flying a paramotor unit.
N.B - If you´ve ever fancied joining the BHPA we can arrange that during the week including your assessment for your licence.
Costs and what to bring
The price includes transfers, our accommodation, use of our paramotors and retrieve.
A European health card if you need any medical care.
Traditional Holiday insurance to cover paragliding would do it.
Your glider of choice any comms or tech gear that you like to fly with.
What it doesn´t include
We don´t supply wings or comms, we sell them but we don´t rent them out
Any fuel you burn during the week
Damage incurred to the motor unit, so to save any embarrassment you´ll need to bring a credit card to cover any possible incident.
What days should I arrive and depart ?
The dates shown on the calendar are Arrival and Departure dates only.
The course starts the following morning. i.e. our calendar EP course dates 4-10 march. Arrive with us on Sunday 4th to settle in, the course starts early on Monday. The course finishes on Friday evening, your departure travel day being Saturday 10th.
Courses vary, such as the Zero to Hero ppg course, Please check dates carefully.
If you arrive outside those times we can help organise either a taxi or point you to a bus or car rental.
What time do I have to be at the airport to get the free shuttle?
The shuttle is at the airport at 1pm on your day of arrival. Please aim to land by 12:30 to be clear of the airport building by 1pm (Spanish time). On departure day (Saturday) it leaves the village at 11am and drops off at the airport for 1p.m. Flights leaving after 15:00 give plenty of time to check-in. If you can't coordinate your flights within these times, alternatively grab a taxi or hire car.
What exactly is a Paraglider?
A paraglider may look vaguely like a parachute or commonly confused with a parasail or parasailing because most folk have been to the beach or what some daft operators on You tube.
Paragliding is now at a very exciting stage in its development, from being just a fun method of decent from hills, paragliding now offers the pilot the sensation of true free flight for hours upon hours. Using modern high strength materials a canopy only weighs about 7kg and packs neatly into a rucksack. This makes this "aeroplane in a bag" totally portable and can complement other sports such as skiing and mountaineering.
The paraglider wing is an inflatable structure. It consists of a row of tubes open at the front and closed at the back joined together side by side. The wing moving through the air keeps these tubes (or cells, to give their correct name) inflated. The air goes in the front but can't get out the back. These cells are cut into the same cross sectional shape as an aeroplane wing and it is this "aerofoil" section that provides the lift to our wings. The pilot is supported underneath the wing from a web of lines, each one with the strength to support the pilot alone. These lines are then attached to risers, a strap like device that is then itself attached to the pilots harness.
The harnesses we use for training are very simple but the ones used by the experienced pilots can look like a bucket seat taken from a racing car. These incredibly comfortable harnesses can come with airbag back protection systems to protect the pilot from unplanned hard landings, built in reserve parachute systems and all sorts of electronic instrumentation ranging from digital altimeters to global positioning systems. Cross-country flyers can look more like astronauts than paraglider pilots! The pilot holds a control handle on each side to steer the glider into turns. The control lines run to the rear of the canopy from these handles and by pulling smoothly down on one line at a time, one side of the wing slows down there-by turning the glider. With these controls you can perform anything from a gentle turn, to a screaming spiral dive, slow the wing down for landing and damp out turbulent air.
Add an engine to your back and you have paramotoring, a simple foot launched aircraft whihc again packs into most cars and without needing any big runway or storage hangar you can fly; outside of airspace and within the safety of the weather, anytime and anywhere you like.
Do the paragliding courses ever get cancelled due to lack of numbers?
We’ve never cancelled a beginners or Cp course in paragliding or paramotoring, we have a full-time staff here super keen to go out and work and get you flying. When you give us a deposit we pledge to be here to teach you!
Where are the courses run?
Our Head Quarters is at the 'Vultures Nest' in the village of Algodonales, southern Spain, meetings normally start around 9am. We use a variety of private and public hills & fields to teach our paragliding and paramotoring courses.
What if I have to cancel or move my booking?
Due to the popularity of our courses, they are regularly fully booked often months in advance. Our CP paragliding and paramotoring courses are limited to small numbers of pilots and two instructors hence no refunds. However see below for how we will help.
We encourage you to take out holiday insurance from the get-go, if you have to move your booking and we get Four Weeks notice then no problem, we’ll refund you 90% of your booking. If we get less notice, then we’ll try and sell your place or provide you with a receipt for your holiday to give to your insurer.
How important is my fitness to learn to paraglide?
Paragliders & Paramotors come in all sizes catering for both light and heavy weights a piece. Thankfully for most of the instructors I know, you don't need to be an athlete. Generally, as long as you can put one foot in front of another and break into a gentle jog you can safely learn how to fly.
On the paragliding hill courses, you do need to walk up and down a 200 feet or 80 metre slope over the course of 2-3 days. There's no rush so as long as you get back to the top of the hill then it’s all good. Once you're happy at flying at those heights then we drive you up bigger hills to fly. If you're unsure, or have previous medical conditions, then maybe best ask your doctor before booking or contact us direct for advice
We do offer some bespoke courses(one to one) that use a winch for towing up for initial flights, it can be a constructive way of learning without having to walk up hills
Is there much theory, will I have to sit an exam?
There is a certain amount of theory to achieve during the week plus an easy multiple choice exam for beginners, it's really very easy and we provide lectures during the week. You don’t need to know any rocket science to learn to fly a paraglider but there is a need to know and have a basic comprehension of how gliders fly and the rules of the road. Knowledge of the weather is part and parcel of making good safe flying decisions and getting the best out of your flying. Lectures will be given on all aspects of the exam and more.
Some basic background reading can be very useful, for good and easily comprehensible literature that would ease you into the sport try any of these titles;
BHPA Pilot Handbook by Mark Dale: a superb book, very readable and highly informative.
Touching Cloudbase by Ian Currer: Bit of a paragliding bible guides you from the very basics to novice pilot level in a nice logical order.
Understanding the Sky - Dennis Pagen; a Brilliant book on the weather, really easy to absorb and understand, not too fiendishly technical.
All these books are available from us just email us [email protected]
Club Pilot Power Plus
Polish ground, launch and landing skills, achieve pilot and navigation tasks, option to sit pre-ordered pilot exam
Aimed specifically at either rusty or low airtime pilots. So if you still feel like landings and take off's need brushing up.
- Who Can come Paramotoring - Any Bhpa or non Bhpa pilot wanting to either convert or build confidence in their flying game
- What can I expect ? - Friendly launches, big landing fields, Instructors on hand, time spent polishing our ground handling, maybe trying a better style. Tips and tricks to give you confidence when you go back home
- Aim of week - Boost Airtime and confidence
- Aim of Week - Achieve pilot rating
- How often do they run ? - Monthly
- When is the best time to come Paramotoring? - From September through to late Mid May
- When do they run - Saturday to Saturday
- What do I need - own glider, helmet and comms, including a 2 mtr Radio
If you are unsure what course would be most suitable then do drop us a line, we are here to help!