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Stay Safe. Be Certified.

Like all adventure sports, safety is crucial, and the HGFA set the safety standard with their certification system. 

The 10-day student certification course is the first step to becoming an HFGA licensed paraglider or hang glider pilot. Once complete, it’s time for the next steps: 

  • PG2/Supervised HG - A graduate of the 10-day course is now licensed to fly solo under supervision as a new pilot. Take-off and landing are limited to flying sites with an easier rating.
  • PG3 - After at least 15 flying hours over 60 successful flights you are eligible to graduate to limited unsupervised flying.
  • PG4/Intermediate HG - When you reach at least 30 hours flying time on at least 25 flying days you are eligible to be certified for flight at more difficult flying sites.
  • PG5/Advanced HG - The top rated pilot certification, this requires additional flying hours as well as navigational certification, allowing you to fly as far as you can.
  • Powered Pure Flight - The Powered Paragliding (PPG) or Weightshift Microlight (WM) student certification course is the first step to becoming an HFGA licensed PPG or WM pilot. Both require a minimum of 20 hours flight instruction before a new pilot is certified to fly solo. Additional navigation and formation endorsements are also available for extended flight capabilities.

To locate your nearest instructor click here for a list of HGFA approved schools.

To signup for student membership click here.