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  • 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.
  • How much does a tandem flight cost?
    - $250 per person.
  • 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"!
  • 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.
  • How much do solo paragliding lessons cost?
    - $350 per day solo lesson. - $350 per day tandem + solo combo lesson. - $2,500 unlimited solo lessons that take you up to a P4 rating.* Some restrictions apply. *Tandem lesson and 1st day lesson cost can be applied toward the unlimited package on day two. *Free use of school gear (wing, harness, parachute & helmet) up to P2 level. *Having your own gear sooner will allow you to practice more and increase availability for lesson days, as your size gear will not be spoken for by other students on any given day. Please consult Stephen before purchasing any gear, to make sure it is appropriate for your size, weight & skill level. Additional Cost Includes: - Crestline Soaring Society club dues: $10 per day, $20 per mo., or $125 per year. Must join the club on day one, before any lessons begin. Visit the CSS website to purchase your one-month, or one year membership before lessons. Note that "Associate" membership is only valid for those who reside at the same address as a current CSS "General" member. Please choose the "Limited" or "General" membership if this does not apply to you. - National organization membership to USHPA (United States Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association): First 30 day USHPA membership is included with the first lesson at no additional cost. After 30 days, if you choose to continue to fly, USHPA cost is $150 per year. Membership includes a bi-monthly magazine and liability insurance. After your free 30 day membership expires, you may apply for a USHPA membership here. - Rides up the mountain: $20 per ride. Rides up are provided by the Sandy Van via shuttle, or a Ranger UTV. Other options are also available, but all drivers charge the same amount.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Are there any additional fees for a day lesson such as renting gear or van rides up the hill?
    All lesson types include all the necessary gear such as a harness, wing, parachute and helmet for free. It also includes a free 30 day USHPA membership insurance. You must join the Crestline Soaring Society club before any lessons begin. You may purchase your $10 "Limited" (one day), $20 "Limited" (one month), or $125 "General" (one year) membership via the website before lessons begin. Rides up the hill cost $20 per ride. Rides are provided by the Sandy Van via a shuttle, or a Ranger UTV. Other options are available, but all drivers charge the same amount.
  • 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, but we can get you gear from almost ANY manufacturer! For quotes or general gear questions, please contact Stephen at (909) 202-9581, or e-mail:
  • What can I expect from my first lesson day?
    - You can expect to have fun! - 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 free 30 day USHPA form and is required to become a Crestline Soaring Society club member before any lessons begin. You may purchase your "Limited" $10 per day, $20 per month, or "General" $125 per year membership before, or on the day of lessons. You may do so here: 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 and purchased their CSS club membership, 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 take a break in the middle of the day for safety reasons. We are a desert mountain site, which means it gets hot quick, and can lead to dangerous dust devil conditions. 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 even in the middle of the day. We can 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! This is a very rare occurrence, but it does happen on occasion. ​ - If you're a quick learner and your instructor feels it is safe for you to take your first flight, we will first do a harness hang check, practice a reserve throw, 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.
  • What time does the first lesson begin and end?
    - In the late spring and summer months when weather gets very hot and unstable, middle of the day is not suitable for kiting due to dangerous dust devil conditions. Kiting lessons may begin around 3:00PM for safety reasons, and will end just past sunset, unless your instructor says otherwise. In the winter when the weather is cooler, we may begin kiting much earlier in the afternoon and end just past sunset. - If you're older or tire easily, your lesson may be scheduled for later 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.
  • 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).
  • Do I need a P2 rating to fly solo?
    - In order to take solo flights without your instructor present, many of the best 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 -.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 of each lesson day.
  • 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.
  • Do you rent gear such as a harness, wing & parachute to non-students?"
    Yes, but only when Stephen is on-site and only if the request was made at least 24 hours ahead of time. 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.
  • What can I expect as a more experienced pilot seeking a P2 certification?
    - USHPA requires you to have 35 flights over 7 different flying days 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.
  • 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 (with some limitations) 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.
  • Do I need to join USHPA (United States Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association)?
    - If you wish to fly and land at USHPA approved sites and you wish to maintain your rating, you must have a USHPA membership. You may purchase a temporary 30 day membership on site, or a full year membership via the USHPA website here: New Annual Pilot Membership ​
  • Do I need to join the Crestline Soaring Society / Andy Jackson Airpark Club?
    - Yes, you do need to join the CSS club. For liability reasons, all pilots are required to be club members before kiting, landing, or launching at Andy Jackson Airpark. If you plan on flying at Andy Jackson Airpark frequently, it is more cost-effective to join the club with the "General" $125 one-year membership, rather than pay the "Limited" $10 one-day, or $20 one-month membership every time you come out to fly. ​ - Your $125 yearly fee, $10 one-day or $20 limited one-month membership will go toward maintaining the grass at the landing zone, the shade structure, the maintenance of the dirt roads leading to launch, WiFi, weather stations, live webcams, tables & chairs and so on. The CSS is a non-profit organization and all maintenance and upkeep is performed by unpaid volunteers & club members such as yourself. ​ - To join for the year or month, please visit and purchase your "General" 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?
    Overnight camping is not allowed at Andy Jackson Airpark at this time. If you plan on taking lessons, or flying at Andy Jackson Airpark for a few days, it's best to find an Airbnb. Motels in the city of San Bernardino are not recommended for safety reasons. Airbnb is a much better and safer option. Beautiful cabins on the mountain in Crestline and surrounding areas are available.
  • Where can I stay overnight?
    Overnight camping is not allowed at Andy Jackson Airpark at this time. If you plan on taking lessons, or flying at Andy Jackson Airpark for a few days, it's best to find an Airbnb. Motels in the city of San Bernardino are not recommended for safety reasons. Airbnb is a much better and safer option. Beautiful cabins on the mountain in Crestline and surrounding areas are available.
  • 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)
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