Pilot Training Programs

Take Hang Gliding to the Next Level! Become a Pilot!

Level 1 Training Program

9 Tandem Flights Over 1500 Feet

Starting at $990

In one of the most advanced training programs hang gliding has to offer, you will learn how to launch, fly and land a hang glider with a certified instructor.

  • 9 Tandem Flights (Practical Flights) over 1500 feet

  • You will also need to attend Ground School which is $40 per hour in ADDITIONAL costs

  • If needed, additional tandem flights are $120 each as part of the training program (becoming a member will allow you to get 10% off any additional tandem flights)

At the end of the Level 1 Program, you take a written exam that qualifies you for your United States Hang Gliding Association (USHPA) Beginner Hang 1 Rating and prepares you for the Level 2 Training Program.

Certification and ratings are contingent upon pilot performance.

Level 2 Training Program

11 Tandem Flights Over 1500 Feet

Starting at $1,210

After successful completion of the Level 1 Program, you are ready for the Level 2 Training Program. This course is your continuation into the world of hang gliding. You will perfect the skills learned in Level 1 and begin to prepare for your solo flight.

You will enhance your skills in launching, flying and landing a hang glider, as well as deepen your knowledge in aerodynamics, micro-meteorology, equipment safety and ground handling skills.

All flights will be tandem or supervised by a certified instructor.

  • 11 Tandem/Supervised Flights over 1500 feet

  • You will also need to attend Ground School which is $40 per hour in ADDITIONAL costs

  • If needed, additional tandem training flights are $120 each as part of this training program (becoming a member will allow you to get 10% off any additional tandem flights)

At the end of the program, you will take a written exam that will qualify you for your United States Hang Gliding Association (USHPA) Novice Hang 2 Rating.

Certification and ratings are contingent upon pilot performance.

The Pilot Program

Combines Level 1 & 2 Training into 1 Program

21 Tandem Flights Over 1500 Feet

Starting at $2,310

The Pilot Program combines both Level 1 and Level 2 training into one program. You will first learn how to launch, fly and land a hang glider with a certified instructor. You will continue to work on these skills during your tandem flights while also preparing for your first solo flight.

Ground school as well as flight training will deepen your knowledge in aerodynamics, micro-meteorology, equipment safety and ground handling skills.

All flights will be tandem or supervised by a certified instructor.

  • 21 Tandem/Supervised Flights over 1500 feet

  • You will also need to attend Ground School which is $40 per hour in ADDITIONAL costs

  • If needed, additional tandem training flights are $120 each as part of this training program (becoming a member will allow you to get 10% off any additional tandem flights)

At the end of the program, you will take a written exam that will qualify you for your United States Hang Gliding Association (USHPA) Hang 1 and Hang 2 Rating.

Certification and ratings are contingent upon pilot performance.

FAQS

What are the office hours for Paradise Airsports?

We are open Thursday - Monday from 9 am to 5 pm. We are closed on Tuesday & Wednesday. Other hours are available by appointment only.

Is a deposit required to book a flight with Paradise Airsports?

Every flight booked will be charged a $50 booking fee. You will receive an invoice to pay via text or email and may use a credit card to pay the booking fee. Failure to pay the booking fee will forfeit your booked flight time. After 25 minutes, the invoice is no longer valid. The $50 per flight booking fee will be taken off the final sales total at checkout for your scheduled flight. You can choose to use the booking fee towards the final flight total, tipping the pilots and ground crew, towards a t-shirt, upgrading your flight, or a video. Failure to show up on time for the flight time will forfeit your booking fee (no refunds).

Are gift certificates available to purchase?

Yes. We do offer gift certificates. Email or call us to purchase one today!

Can I just stop by Paradise Airsports to watch or find out more about the flights?

If you choose to stop by, we recommend you call #352-429-0210 to check availability, flight times and see spectating hours for flying. All on-property guests (flying or spectating) may be asked to sign a park waiver. You may be asked to leave the premises if you fail to sign a waiver. Everyone on the park property mush check-in at office and call #352-429-0210 if no one is in the office at that time.

What happens if the weather is bad for my scheduled flight time?

We are a weather and wind dependent technical sport and even what seems like a beautiful, sunny day can be unsafe for hang gliding. Please call ahead of your reserved flight time to verify optimum flying conditions for a fun and safe flight. When you take a flight with one of our certified instructors or pilots, you can rest assured that your safety is our #1 priority.

Is there a weight limit for tandem flights?

We cannot fly tandem flights with anyone weighing over 250 lbs due to safety reasons. We will weigh you in the office for the exact weight before the flight.

Can I take a video of my tandem flight?

Personal cameras, phones and video cameras are NOT PERMITTED on any flight, but we offer an IN-FLIGHT VIDEO PACKAGE using our GoPro for only $39. You are purchasing the microSD/SD card from our GoPro which captured your flight so you can share your experience with family and friends...documented bragging rights! When you call to reserve your flight, just ask our staff to add-on this awesome package.

Get In Touch

6548 Groveland Airport Rd, Groveland, FL 34736, USA