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The training of a hangglider pilot at Distance Vol Libre is very similar to the training of a paraglider pilot

The main difference is hangglider pilots training also includes 3 or 4 lessons on a motorised ultra-light aircraft

For hangglider and paraglider free flight, training is divised in two parts: Ground handling and training hill, and high altitude flights



  • 2 995$ + tx


  • Flight manual and log book
  • 16 hours of theory
  • 10 hours of ground school
  • Equipment rental for personal practice
  • 10 tandem tow-flights at 2500'
  • 25 supervised solo flights (with a minimum of 15 from the mountain, and a maximum of 10 on the tow-line.

Description of the first part of the training

Your first lessons on the hangglider will mainly be dedicated to discovering the gear, the glider, the basic handling of the wing on the ground and in the windThis step is relatively short compared to the rest but is neededYou will learn to set up and brake down a glider and learn to run around and get the feeling of the air and the wingIt generaly takes 2 or 3 lessons to be comfortable with what is learned in this part of the training

The following lessons focus on learning and practicing to launch and land a hangglider. At DVL, we've created a custom 60 foot academic training hill, specially adapted for hanggliding and paragliding.

The key steps in this first part are: Controlling the glider, the launching procedure, piloting the glider and landing.

The training hill flights last a few seconds and will prepare you for your first solo winch launched flights (for info on winch launching check the link in the ''frequently asked questions'' section) and mountain flights. Usually 5 or 6 lessons on the training hill are needed to complete this first part.

You may also, at any time of your training, sign-up for a tandem training flight with your instructor in order to practice your manouvers. This step is not generally a requirement however it may be recommended or in certain cases required by your instructor. Practicing solo on the ground and on the training hill is highly recommended as it helps you get better prepared for the objectives in each lesson.

Along with your training hill program, lessons on an ultra-light aircraft (motorized hangglider trike) in tandem with your instructor will permit you to rapidly assimilate basic piloting technics and landing approaches. Three 30 minute lessons are generally anough for you to reach the next step: your solo altitude flights. (Tandem flights on the ultra-lights are available every morning from 9h00 to 11h00 and 26h00 to 20h00 on week-ends)


Description of the second part of training

 When you've mastered the first part of the training, you'll be ready for your first solo flights. This part’s requirements are the same as for paragliding: you must fly 30 solo high altitude flights while guided by your instructors. Your first flights will be done mornings or eavenings when the air is calme or even in the afternoon at the tow winch (cable winch towing), for safe, confidence building and fun flights.

While flying from the mountain, you will be in constant radio contact with two instructors, one on launch and the other at the landing zone. They will guide you on launch, during your flight and during your landing procedures. Once the basic flight manoeuvres are assimilated in smooth air, you progress to flying mi-day. These thermal flights will let you discover the art of flying in rising air, to understand it and to master it in order to go higher and further. 

Albeit that most of the training is acheived in practice, with theory being covered as you progress, you’ll need a minimum of 8 hours of classroom theoretical courses in order to achieve the requirements of the novice rating. This training covers various topics such as meteorology, flight theory, air regulations, security and aerodynamics, ect...

When you’ve acheived the skills to fly in different weather conditions and different aerology, you will be considered by your instructor to be autonomous. You will then be granted a certification permiting the you to fly alone.

All the required gear is supplied during your training. Once you get your certification, you will need your own to fly as we don’t offer rental equipment. 

We can recommend what to fly when you get your own gear, and we’ll gladly demo products from our boutique.