PG2 Course – Full Pilot License
The PG2. Nothing else gives you as much freedom as your own wings, you will experience the power of free flight and float like a bird over the pristine landscapes of New Zealand`s magnificent Southern Lakes.
This course will teach you to become an independent pilot who is competent, relaxed and therefore safe, so you will enjoy all that paragliding has to offer for years to come.
The PG2 is the license required to leave the school and fly unsupervised in NZ, this is administered through the New Zealand Hand Gliding and Paragliding Association.
You will also receive an IPPI (International Pilot Proficiency Identification) card with a Para Pro level 3 rating if you intend to use your NZ qualification to fly abroad.
The PG2 typically takes 10-16 days, the length of the course depends on your availability, the weather, and how well you progress.
It teaches the New Zealand Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association PG2 syllabus:
(A) Flight skills. Demonstrated competency in the following skills:
- Equipment set up and pre-flight checks
- Controlled forward inflations and launch
- Big ears, with/without weight shift
- Controlled reverse inflations and launch
- Pitch and roll control in straight flight
- Coordinated high and low bank turns.
- 360 degree turns left and right with pitch and roll control
- Rear riser control, use and limitations.
- Speed bar, big ears and speed bar.
- Controlled landing into the wind within 20m of a predetermined spot on 2 consecutive flights.
- Top landings, slope landings ( optional for available sites)
- Wingovers (optional)
- Asymmetric collapse (optional)
(B) Knowledge and attitude:
- Knowledge of rescue parachute deployment and PLF
- Understand alternative landing approach methods
- Appropriate site, weather and risk assessments.
- Demonstrate a “safety first” attitude for self and others.
- Know and obey the right of way rules when flying with other aircraft.
(C) Flight Experience (student log book to be sighted by an instructor before signing).
- Total 150 mins flight time including a total of 100mins achieved in NO MORE THAN 10 flights.
- Total 40 flights from authorised launch sites.
- Flights from at least 4 different launch sites to at least 3 different landing areas, 1 of these sites must be inland.
- At least 5 take-offs in winds of 5 knots ( 9 km/hr) or less.
- At least 5 take-offs in winds of 9 knots (17km/hr) or more.
Paragliding is unique in the places it takes you and the people you meet. On achieving your PG2 license, you can explore a world of new experiences and adventures.