Student Info

Where We Train
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, NM.  Referring 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, Park at the gate entrance and walk into the fields to meet your instructor at the field we will be using 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.

P2 Program Pilots may choose to also complete the online Paraglider Training course which is available at this link (fee course to provide may be incurred by pilot):

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.

Students receive deep discounts towards purchase of equipment including wings, harnesses, reserves and instruments fabricated by the worlds most respected manufacturers.

Gift certificates are available upon request.

Paragliding Instruction and lessons provided year-round
With climate considered our training season in New Mexico (Albuquerque) spans May through September. Our training season in Arizona (Phoenix) spans October through April. Students can participate in either or both locations during the applicable training seasons