Student Info

Where We Train
Hard Rock Pavilion Initial ground handling, kiting and low level flight training are held at the soccer field of the Hard Rock Pavilion located south of Albuquerque, NM, referring to the Google Maps image to the right, the directions to the training site are:

  • I-25 South to Rio Bravo exit
  • East on Rio Bravo to University Blvd.
  • Continue south to Hard Rock Pavilion parking lot
Enchanted Air Paragliding Training Location

Enchanted Air Paragliding Training LocationClick image for larger version

Soccer field is used for ground handing (kiting) training.
Hills north of parking lot are no longer available for use, do not trespass onto the private lands.
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park Initial ground handling, kiting, and pay-in towing for low level flight training are held in the large grassy fields of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Park located on the north side of Albuquerque, NMReferring to the Google Maps image to the right, the directions to the Fiesta Park are:

  • Take I-25 to the Tramway/Roy Rd exit (by Sandia Casino Resort).
  • Go west under the freeway to the Pan American Frontage Rd.
  • Take the frontage road south to Balloon Fiesta Rd (1st right) which leads to the Park entrance.
Balloon Fiesta Park

Balloon Fiesta ParkClick image for larger version

The gate to the park might or might not be closed when you arrive.  Regardless, wait at the gate entrance for an instructor to arrive and determine which side of the field will be used for training.
Student Textbook (P-2 course only)
On your first day of training, you will receive a complimentary copy of the book ‘Paragliding – The Complete Reference’. This 338 page, eighth edition is packed with up-to-date information, amplifying photos and illustrations from novice to expert and comes with an accompanying DVD with over 90 minutes of instructional video.
Training Syllabus
Set out in two main sections; Ground-school and Practical, this comprehensive training syllabus will be followed to get new pilots to the USHPA P-2 (Novice) level.  Click here to open this .pdf document in a separate browser tab.
United States Hang Gliding/Paragliding Association (USHPA) Information
The following are links to official USHPA documents regarding pilot rating information, policy on revocation of ratings, and surface tow information.  Click on any link to open a .pdf document in a separate browser tab.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Rules and Regulations
Paragliding is regulated under Federal Aviation Regulation Part 103 for ultralight aircraft, and additionally you must understand the different airspace classifications and restrictions.

Student Textbook

Paragliding - The Complete Reference
Paragliding
The Complete Reference

Students will receive as part of their training curriculum, a copy of 'Paragliding - The Complete Reference From A to XC' Includes a bonus DVD with 90 minutes of instructional video, and is endorsed by the top paragliding schools (Cloud 9 Soaring Center - Draper, UT (Point of the Mountain), Torrey Pines Gliderport - La Jolla, Ca)

Your First Day

On your first day of instruction, we will meet at the designated location (see event calendar) to fill out paperwork, learn equipment basics, and ground handling (kiting) techniques.

Equipment will be provided for you, but there are a few items you will need to bring to ensure a great orientation to the fantastic sport of Paragliding:

  • High-back hiking or trail shoes that provide good ankle support.
  • Thin gloves similar to those used in biking.
  • Plenty of water!
  • Sunscreen
  • Long Pants
  • A well rested and nourished body - get a good night's sleep the evening before your lesson and don't skip breakfast

Upcoming Events

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