Paragliding Instructional Procedures



The Andy Jackson Airpark is a P3 (Intermediate) site as far as pilots being allowed to launch from Big-O launches or higher. Any USHPA pilot member (even unrated) is allowed to launch from the LZ (training hill) unsupervised if they so choose. Instructor may allow and supervise non-rated or Beginner/Novice pilots from any of the launches (including Crestline) if the instructor evaluates student abilities and wind conditions as being appropriate. Please do not abuse this permission.


Progression of New Students

Paperwork, Equipment, and Conditions

All training including ground handling on the LZ requires the students to have USHPA memberships and helmets. It is recommended that conditions limit to 12 mph with occasional gusts to 15 mph although please modify this as wing loading dictates what is appropriate. Caution is advised to avoid times of day where possible gusts caused by dust devils are present. This means that although not specifically disallowed, it is recommended to conduct ground handling either prior to 11AM or after 5PM during daylight savings time.

Pre-Solo Experience

Before taking new students up for first mountain solos including all launches from Big-O or higher, it is recommended to prepare the student by their having at least 15 flights from the LZ training hill. These are recommended minimums, additional flights are fine and the mountain solos should only start when the instructor feels it is appropriate. Tandem training is an optional instructional tool and is recommended when feasible.

First Solos

Initial solo flights should have the instructor supervising by direct radio contact. Instructors should be supervising both from launch and from the LZ for at least the students’ first two flights. Instructors may designate an assistant that they feel is qualified for supervision at either launch or landing. Example: Instructor may be at the LZ and the assistant at launch, or visa-versa. As the instructor evaluates student abilities as being able to fly without radio, the student may continue flying additional flights with the instructor supervising (no assistant necessary), either from launch or landing without radio backup.

Unsupervised Signoff

As the student shows ability to fly in smooth conditions without assistance, the unsupervised signoff form (see webpage or PDF) may be issued to the student. Note that at least the USHPA Beginner Rating (P1) must be issued prior to issuing this form. Although the student would then be allowed to fly unsupervised, it is recommended to continue supervision whenever feasible. The USHPA mentor program may be a useful option at this point as well.


Visiting Novice Pilots (P2)

Pilots who have trained elsewhere might or might not have the ability to fly unsupervised at the Andy Jackson Airpark mountain launches. They are not permitted to fly without obtaining the unsupervised signoff. It is recommended that the instructor who issues this signoff evaluate the visiting P2 experience by inspecting the novice’s logbook and by watching at least 1 flight into the airpark. Instructors have complete discretion as to when to issue this form to visiting P2s.