Frequently Asked Questions
How much do solo paragliding lessons cost?
- $250 half day solo lesson.
- $350 full day solo lesson.
- $350 tandem + full day solo lesson.
- $2,500 unlimited solo lessons that take you up to a P4 rating.* Some restrictions apply.
How much does a tandem flight cost?
- $200 per person.
How do I schedule a paragliding lesson or tandem flight?
- The best way to schedule a solo or tandem flight lesson is to contact Stephen at
(909) 202-9581, or e-mail him at
email@example.com. He will need to check weather conditions, as well as his and your availability.
Are you able to accommodate groups for paragliding and/or tandem lessons?
- Yes, we can accommodate groups for both solo and tandem lessons. You may take lessons with your friends and/or family members, so long as you schedule ahead of time.
- Again, scheduling your lesson ahead of time is key, as we want to make sure that we have the appropriate gear for all students on the day of your lesson.
How old do I have to be to take paragliding lessons?
- You must be at least 16 years old to take lessons.
Am I too old for paragliding lessons?
- If you are still able to run or jog, you're not too old! The beginner learning process can be physically challenging in weaker weather conditions, but once learned, kiting and flying is easy on the body. If running for long periods of time is not your strong suit, we can tailor the lessons to your physical abilities by scheduling you for an afternoon lesson, when wind conditions are more favorable for kiting practice.
Do I have to know anything about flying?
- Have you ever flown a kite or an RC air plane? How about a paper airplane?? If so, you have some experience. You do not need to know anything about flying in order to learn how to paraglide! Although any flying experience will help you understand some of the technical concepts of flight, it is not a requirement. We will teach you all you need to know.
Do I need to bring my own gear?
- You do not need to own any gear to begin lessons. All gear will be provided to you by your instructor, including a harness, glider, spare parachute, radio and helmet. You may bring your own helmet if you have one.
Do I need to purchase gear to take a lesson?
- Until you decide that paragliding is for you and you want to continue to fly, you do not need to buy your own gear. If you wish to pursue your P2 license, you will eventually need your own gear so that you may fly independent of your instructor. When that time comes, you may purchase all your new gear from NeverLand Paragliding, or look for used gear options.
- NeverLand Paragliding depends on your patronage for survival and deeply appreciates any orders made through us. We are a certified Ozone dealer and offer highly competitive prices on all purchases. For quotes or general gear questions, please contact Stephen at (909) 202-9581.
What time does the first lesson begin and end?
- In the late spring and summer months, lessons begin at 9:00AM and end just past sunset, unless your instructor says otherwise. In the winter when the weather is cooler, we begin at 10:00AM and end just past sunset.
- If you're older or tire easily, your lesson may be scheduled for early afternoon to help you learn under easier wind conditions. An all-day session with weak wind conditions can be physically strenuous, and this will help keep you in the game.
What can I expect from my first lesson day?
- You can expect to have fun!
- At 9:00AM (or 10:00AM in the winter) we begin with some paperwork and introductions to get to know each other and determine your level of flight experience.
- Each student will need to fill out a 30 day USHPA form. It is important that you are on time, so that everyone has filled out their form at the same time and nobody takes away from lesson time of the other students. Showing up late and stalling the instructor with paperwork will slow everyone down, and during hot weather when things heat up and conditions change quickly, it can make a big difference.
- Once everyone has filled out their USHPA form, we go over some basic flight theory on the white board.
- If conditions are favorable (and usually they are), we move from the white board to the grass where the instructor will demonstrate how to safely strap into your harness, he will explain what all the lines do and will show you how to kite the wing.
- Each student will practice forward and reverse kiting on the grass until the instructor feels confident that the student can handle a short flight from one of the two training hills on site.
- In the summer months when it is hot, we break at 10:30AM or 11AM for safety reasons. We are a desert site, which means it gets hot quick, and can lead to dust devils. We may either use that time to discuss more flight theory on the white board, or reconvene at 3:00PM to continue the lesson. In winter time when it is cooler, we may continue kiting until 12:00PM, break for lunch and meet back up after lunch to continue the lesson.
- The afternoon is filled with kiting practice where the instructor spends time teaching you how to keep the wing above your head long enough to turn around and launch off the training hill.
- When they feel and look ready, each student will take a few practice flights from the training hill until they demonstrate that their kiting, launching and landing skills are satisfactory.
- Depending on how fast you learn, how comfortable you feel taking flight from the training hill and if weather conditions are safe, you may be able to take your first real solo flight from Marshall peak on your first day!
- If you're a quick learner and your instructor feels it is safe for you to take your first flight, we will pack your gear into the shuttle and drive approximately 20-30 minutes up to Marshall launch. The instructor will further explain the flight pattern he expects from you, point out the danger zones, he will explain how to approach the landing zone and talk to you about any concerns you might have.
- The instructor will double and triple-check to make sure all safety measures are in place and he will attach a radio to your harness. During launch, take-off and your flight, he will give instruction via radio to guide you safely to the ground.
- After sunset, the instructor will show you how to fold your wing properly and answer any questions you may have.
Do I need a P2 rating to fly solo?
- In order to take solo flights without your instructor present, many flying sites require that you have your P2 or P3 rating to fly & land in USHPA certified locations. Andy Jackson Airpark in San Bernardino is a P3 site, but P2 pilots may get signed off by their instructor to fly solo -
with some limitations -.
I have my P2 license, wish to fly from Marshall and land at Andy Jackson Airpark. How do I get my sign-off?
- There is a fee of $100.00 for the day and you must demonstrate your kiting, flying & landing skills to an instructor before you receive your sign-off. If the instructor deems you a safe pilot based on what they see, you will receive your sign-off to fly from Marshall and land on the grass at Andy Jackson Airpark.
Please schedule ahead of time so that there is an instructor present on site the day and time of your arrival.
As a beginner, how long does it take to receive my P2 rating?
- This will depend on your experience level, speed of learning and weather conditions. USHPA (
United States Hang gliding & Paragliding Association) requires 7 different flying days and 35 solo flights to demonstrate your skills and understanding of free flight. You will also need to pass a written P2 test.
As of May 2020, USHPA has changed their student pilot sign-off rules, eliminating the "P1" sign-off that previously allowed skilled students to complete some of the required 35 solo flights without an instructor present. This means that you now need at least 7 different lesson days, and you must complete all 35 flights under instructor supervision.
Once you have demonstrated your skills as an independent and safe pilot, and passed the written P2 test, you will be signed off to fly solo with a P2 beginner rating (
with some restrictions).
What can I expect as a more experienced pilot seeking a P2 certification?
- USHPA requires you to have 7 flying days and take up to 35 solo flights to earn your P2 rating. You must demonstrate your kiting, launching, flying and landing skills to the instructor and prove that you're a safe, independent pilot.
- You will need to pass the written P2 test.
How and when do I pay for my lessons?
- We accept all major credit cards, PayPal & cash. No personal checks, please.
- Please give payment to your instructor at the beginning or end of each lesson day, before leaving Andy Jackson Airpark.
Do I need to join USHPA (United States Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association)?
- If you wish to fly and land at USHPA approved sites, you must have a USHPA membership. You may purchase a temporary 30 day membership on site, or a full year membership via regular mail.
- To join, please print & fill out this
USHPA membership form and submit by regular mail with payment.
Do I need to join the Crestline Soaring Society / Andy Jackson Airpark Club?
- You do not need to join the club, but if you plan on flying at Andy Jackson frequently, it is more cost-effective to join the club with a $100 yearly membership, rather than pay a limited $20 one-month membership every time you come out to fly.
- Your $100 yearly fee, or $20 limited one-month membership will go toward maintaining the grass at the landing zone, the structure, the dirt roads leading to launch, WiFi, weather stations, live webcams, tables & chairs and so on. All maintenance and upkeep is performed by unpaid volunteers & club members.
- To join for the year or month, please visit
www.CrestlineSoaring.org and purchase your General, Associate, or Limited Membership via the website.
What is the Crestline Soaring Society (CSS)?
- CSS is the Hang Gliding & Paragliding Club for San Bernardino, CA, USA. The CSS is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization (501(c)(3)), which exists to serve the foot-launched flying community in the San Bernardino Mountains - Crestline & Marshall Peak in particular - and Southern California and beyond in general.
Can I camp at Andy Jackson Airpark overnight?
- Unfortunately the Cross Country Ranch camping privileges by Andy Jackson Airpark were suspended by the County at the beginning of 2017, but will hopefully be reinstated by San Bernardino County in a few months. Stay tuned.
- A hot shower and BBQ kitchen area are on site for pilot use.
Where can I stay overnight?
- A local pilot-owned rental cabin is available at a discount to visiting pilots. Please call Dusty Rhodes at (909) 771-1991 for a special pilot rate! Check it out here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/436571?source_impression_id=p3_1559929973_ubEn5NXr%2BT%2FAtZHP
What are the main launch points in San Bernardino?
- The 350 - Elevation of 350 ft (107m)
The 750 - Elevation of 750 ft (228m)
Marshall Peak - Elevation of 4,006 ft (1,221m)
Crestline - Elevation of approximately 5,200 ft (1,585m)
Mentone - Elevation of 1,650 ft (503m)
Are there any additional fees for a day lesson such as renting gear or van rides up the hill?
There are no additional fees. All lesson types include all the necessary gear such as a harness, wing, parachute and helmet. It also includes van rides up the hill, insurance, and the Andy Jackson Airpark $20 Limited Membership. If you wish to join the CSS Club as a full-time member, you will need to purchase your General Membership via the www.CrestlineSoaring.org website.
Do you rent gear such as a harness, wing & parachute to non-students?
Yes. As long as you have a P2 rating (with instructor sign-off) or a P3, you may rent gear from us even if you are not a student.
- $100.00 per day for a wing
- $50.00 per day for a harness
- $10.00 per day for a parachute
- $150.00 per day for a combination of wing, harness & parachute.
I want to pursue Powered Paragliding (Paramotor/PPG). Where do I start?
Much like paragliding, your first step should be to learn to kite the wing in both reverse and forward positions, learn to launch and land safely, learn to control the wing in the air and learn the basic principals of flight & weather. We will do our most to make sure that before you move to a paramotor, you will have the skills and knowledge you need in order to launch, fly and land safely.
How long does it take to become a Powered Paragliding / PPG Pilot?
While some schools may promise to teach you to fly with a paramotor in less than a week (and it is possible in many cases!), the true and honest answer depends on your own physical abilities and learning speed. Every person has his or her own pace at which they learn. We love fun, we want you to have fun, but safety is our #1 priority and therefore we always tailor each lesson to your specific needs.
With safety and your personal goals in mind, we strive to make the process as fast as possible. If the instructor feels that you have demonstrated proper kiting, launching, flying and landing skills, you will be able to move on to the next step of practicing with a paramotor. If the instructor feels that your skills could use additional honing, he will work with you until you both feel more confident that you can handle the added complexity of a motor.
How long does a tandem flight take?
First we meet at the Andy Jackson Airpark in San Bernardino. We do some paperwork and then drive 30 minutes up the mountain. Once there, we take a few minutes to get you into a harness, make sure you have a helmet, explain the process, and when the conditions are just right, we're ready for take-off.
The flight itself can take anywhere from 20 minutes up to several hours, depending on the conditions. Come hang out, try not to be in a big rush and enjoy! We do our best to accommodate anyone and everyone, but as we say in the sport of paragliding, it is "weather or not"!
When should I purchase my own gear & how do I know the gear is right for me?
- This is up to you, but if you decide to pursue paragliding and work your way up to a P2 rating in days or weeks, you will want to purchase your own gear as soon as you know that you want to stick with this sport long-term. You will want to have all the gear necessary to be able to fly solo as an independent pilot, without having to rely on your instructor to loan/rent you gear. Sometimes brand new gear can take up to a month to arrive, as it is often made-to-order. Ordering early can ensure that you have gear to fly as soon as you receive your P2 rating.
- Your instructor can help you to decide what gear is appropriate for your skill level. There are several considerations, such as its rating, weight range, flying style and site location among many others.
What is the weight limit for a tandem flight lesson?
- The max weight range of the passanger must not exceed 250 lbs.
- If you'd like to learn to fly solo, fret not. The weight limit for a solo pilot is 500 lbs.
What is the weight limit for a solo flight lesson?
- The weight limit for a solo pilot is 500 lbs.
What is the difference between "parasailing" and "paragliding"?
- While both sports involve floating above the earth, "parasailing" or "parakiting" is when you are towed behind a boat, suspended underneath a round parachute with no control by you, the passenger. It is controlled by the boat operator and wind speed. It is a more passive experience, albeit with great views.
Paragliding" is a free-flying experience with great control over your flight direction, altitude and duration of flight. Paraglider pilots utilize a ram-air canopy, not unlike a modern skydiving canopy, as opposed to the round parachutes of yesteryear. Paraglider pilots also use their knowledge of weather, wind and aerodynamics to sustain flights of many hours, great distances, and can climb to heights of many thousands of feet. It is a more strategic sport, often with even better views.