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Learn to paraglide with Airplay. If you're interested in anything to do with Paragliding...WE DO IT .....Are about to do it... or will arrange it for you. Instruction, Tandems, Equipment, Tours, Free advice.

Owner: Sayer, Barry
Location: Napier
Phone: 06 8451977
Mobile: 0274 512 886
Email: airplaypg@gmail.com

Owner: Hamilton, Grey
Location: Christchurch
Phone: 0275324874
Mobile: 0275324874
Email: cbparagliding@gmail.com
Website: www.cloudbaseparagliding.co.nz

Hang-gliding and paragliding school and tandem fligths.

Owner: Lisa Bradley, Extreme Air
Location: Queenstown
Phone: +61457287200
Mobile: AUS +61 45 7287200
Email: info@ozparaglidingandhanggliding.com.au
Website: www.extremeair.co.nz

Our simple but professional instruction is delivered by me Mike. It enables you to train to NZ and worldwide levels in paragliding . We are the only Northland based school and predominantly offer tandem trial flights, weekend and school holiday intsruction for PG1 and PG2 local paragliding site guiding and tours. We do some limited cross country flying training and combine this with equipment rental and sales. So if you want to come fly come see us. For more info click below.

Owner: Mike Ferguson
Location: Mangawai Heads
Phone: +6421995682
Email: fergsparagliding@gmail.com
Website: www.fergsparagliding.com

Hi and welcome to Infinity Paragliding. Learn to paraglide with Infinity. Located in the Queenstown and Wanaka area of the stunning Southern Alps of NZ. We have the best training facilities and sites in NZ as we fly in the mountains with a world class landing area! We provide beginner (pg1) to solo pilot rated courses (pg2) and also more advanced courses (pg3) and tandem pilot training. We also provide free information to all visiting pilots and can provide tours of all our local flying sites. All our courses conform to and often exceed the NZHGPA and international standards. We stock and retail Advance paragliding equipment. We are a full time paragliding school with our focus purely on our students.

Location: Queenstown
Phone: Chris 022 676 5599
Email: info@infinityparagliding.co.nz
Website: www.infinityparagliding.co.nz

NZ's easiest way to fly!

Owner: Mike and Aniko
Location: Opotiki 3198
Phone: 07 929 5807
Mobile: 021 104 6208
Website: www.kiwi-air.co.nz

Owner: Packe, Darrell
Location: Tauranga
Phone: 027 249 2702
Mobile: 0272492702
Email: darrell@mountparagliding.co.nz
Website: www.mountparagliding.co.nz

Paragliding school and paragliding tandem flights. APCO dealer. Email: paragliding@xtra.co.nz

Owner: Karstens, Stew
Location: Nelson
Phone: 03 54 41182
Mobile: 027 446 3930
Website: www.nelsonparagliding.co.nz

Christchurch based aviation school offering: Paragliding, Paramotoring and Speedflying courses, trial tandem flights, equipment sales and flying tours.

Owner: Dennis, Dave
Location: Lyttelton
Mobile: 027 602 2558
Email: info@parapro.co.nz
Website: www.parapro.co.nz

Paragliding school in Queenstown and Wanaka. Email: info@paraventures.co.nz

Owner: Hardman, Mark
Location: Queenstown
Mobile: 021 809 275
Website: www.paraventures.co.nz

Owner: Picton Paragliding
Location: Picton
Mobile: +64274480888
Email: pictonparagliding@outlook.com
Website: pictonparagliding.nz

Paragliding School: We are the longest operating paragliding and paramotoring school in New Zealand. We offer Introductory days - a trial tandem flight may be included if requested as part of the introductory day - gift vouchers and all instructional courses including PG1, PG2 and paramotoring. We have been teaching paragliding full time for 31 years and have developed very effective and safe instruction techniques. Skywings Shop: We stock some of the world's leading brands of paragliding equipment and accessories, and have the largest product range in the southern hemisphere. Stockists of gliders by PHI and Nova, and harnesses and accessories by SUP'AIR. Paramotoring: SkyWings has successfully taught paramotoring for 28 years - stockists of Miniplane and PAP

Owner: Alan and Belinda Hills
Location: Auckland
Phone: 09 570 5757
Mobile: 027 498 2345
Email: info@skywings.co.nz
Website: www.skywings.co.nz

Paragliding Instruction Paramotoring Instruction Hang Gliding Instruction PAP Dealer for Supply and Service of PAP Paramotors and accessories. Apco Dealer for Paramotor & Free Flight Wings, Harnesses & accessories. Helix Carbon Propeller Agent. email: rick.hawkeswood66@outlook.com

Owner: Thames Coast Paramotors Ltd
Location: Thames
Phone: +6421682766

Paragliding School :: We offer beginner to advanced courses, tandem flights, trips in NZ and overseas. We teach to the highest international standards. Sky Shop: We stock and display a great range of Paragliding equipment, imported and NZ made. We also manufacture Paragliding accessories in Auckland, repair and maintenance service. Kitesurfing: Importers of European kitesurfing equipment and dealer for local and imported gear: Naish, Windtech, Hotworks and others. Beginner courses available. Wir sprechen auch Deutsch!

Owner: Eva Keim and Reuben Muir, Wings & Waves Ltd.
Location: Auckland
Phone: 09 446 0020
Mobile: 021 727 013 and 0274 727 013
Email: info@wingsandwaves.co.nz
Website: www.wingsandwaves.co.nz

About learning to fly paragliders

Almost all paraglider pilots learn to fly at a commercial paragliding school. Initial training is carried out on a flat field, then quickly progresses up shallow slopes to high flights. It is not unusual for students to progress to high flights on the first day of training. Training to a stage that allows pilots to fly unsupervised can take from 7 days to a couple of months or more. As well as the practical skills needed to fly the paraglider, schools teach meteorology, flight theory, piloting skills and air law.


The NZHGPA has 3 solo pilot ratings:

  • PG1 is a student pilot rating that allows student pilots to fly at PG1 and PG2 rated flying sites under the supervision of an instructor.
  • PG2 allows pilots to fly at PG1 and PG2 rated sites unsupervised and PG3 rated sites under the supervision of a PG3 rated pilot.
  • PG3 is an advanced solo rating required to become an instructor or tandem paraglider pilot.
Do I need a license to fly? Yes. The NZ Civil Aviation Rule Part 106 requires that each pilot of a hang glider or paraglider shall: 
  1. Be a bona fide member of a hang gliding organisation; and 
  2. hold an appropriate hang glider pilot certificate; and 
  3. comply with the privileges and limitations of their certificate and any applicable ratings; and 
  4. comply with the operational standards and procedures of the hang gliding organisation. 
The NZHGPA issues flight certificates, including instructor certificates, under the delegation granted by the Director, NZ Civil Aviation Authority.

More information about paragliding can be found on Wikipedia.



About learning to fly hang gliders


You cannot teach yourself to fly safely but a club instructor or commercial school with modern equipment can teach you quickly and safely. 


Initial training is usually from flat ground to low slopes, followed by higher flights as your ability and confidence allows. Training to a stage that allows pilots to fly unsupervised can take from 7 days to a couple of months or more depending on available time and weather conditions. As well as the practical skills needed to fly the hang glider, schools teach meteorology, flight theory, piloting skills and air law.

The NZHGPA has 4 solo pilot ratings:

  • Beginner (Hang 1) is a student pilot rating that allows student pilots to fly at Beginner and Novice rated flying sites under the supervision of an instructor.
  • Novice (Hang 2) allows pilots to fly at Beginner and Novice rated sites unsupervised and Intermediate rated sites under the supervision of an instructor.
  • Intermediate (Hang 3) allows pilots to fly at Beginner, Novice and Intermediate rated sites unsupervised and Advanced rated sites under the supervision of an instructor.
  • Advanced (Hang 4) allows pilots to make their own judgement of site and weather suitability.
More information about paragliding can be found on Wikipedia.


HANG GLIDING FLIGHT SCHOOLS

Club based Hang gliding instruction for the Auckland & Waikato region. Teaching hang-gliding ground handling, tethered training, dynamic simulator, trainer slope, tow-training, solo hill soaring & tandem intro flight.

Owner: Oliver, Sean
Phone: 0276708301
Email: skyriderag@gmail.com
Facebook: @skyrider
Instagram: @skyriderag

Importers of leading brands of hang gliders. All hang gliding & paragliding equipment. Hang glider hire & repairs. Hang glider / skyfloater instruction.

Owner: Degen, Bill
Location: Christchurch
Phone: 03 326 6411
Mobile: 021 247 2676
Email: aero@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.hgpg.co.nz

Hang-gliding and paragliding school and tandem fligths.

Owner: Lisa Bradley, Extreme Air
Location: Queenstown
Phone: +61457287200
Mobile: AUS +61 45 7287200
Email: info@ozparaglidingandhanggliding.com.au
Website: www.extremeair.co.nz

Hang-gliding and paragliding school and tandem fligths.

Owner: Lisa Bradley, Extreme Air
Location: Queenstown
Phone: +61457287200
Mobile: AUS +61 45 7287200
Email: info@ozparaglidingandhanggliding.com.au
Website: www.extremeair.co.nz

Owner: Meadows, Glenn
Location: Nelson
Mobile: 027 275 1022
Email: gmeadows@xtra.co.nz

Paragliding Instruction Paramotoring Instruction Hang Gliding Instruction PAP Dealer for Supply and Service of PAP Paramotors and accessories. Apco Dealer for Paramotor & Free Flight Wings, Harnesses & accessories. Helix Carbon Propeller Agent. email: rick.hawkeswood66@outlook.com

Owner: Thames Coast Paramotors Ltd
Location: Thames
Phone: +6421682766
Mobile: +6421682766

Club based instruction for those interested in participating in the sport. For HG call Grant Tatham as below. President: Matthew Williams 027 552 5205 Secretary: Geoff Williams 021 409 104 Treasurer: Grant Firth 021 422 698 PG SO: Irwin Imhoff 022 087 2173 HG SO: Grant Tatham 027 636 3491 Airspace: Ian Miller 022 176 8205 Comms: Warren Fitzgerald 027

Owner: Wellington HGPC
Location: Wellington
Email: info@whgpc.org.nz
Website: www.whgpc.nz


Paragliding and Hang Gliding Instructors

The NZHGPA issues rating certificates to instructors but does not provide endorsement or recommendation of any particular instructor. Listed below are the instructors and the final dates of expiry of their seminars and first aid certificates. Instructors must be current on both of these to carry out instruction or sign certificates.

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