Two weeks ago, We thought that the weather was excellent for paragliding here at Algodonales (Spain), despite to be in November: 22ºC, flying in shorts… our pilots had a lot of fun, and the students made 11 high flights, some of them in smooth lift… not bad for an Elementary Pilot course!
We couldn’t believe that the following week was to be better!!… the temperature dropped, but it was still sunny every single day and the North, North-east wind made possible that we could fly at Montellano and Ronda la Vieja (our private flying site, perfect for beginners).
We broke our personal record for an Elementary Pilot course:18 high flights for each student, more than 2 accumulated hours flying in the dynamic lift, 3 top landings,… wow! we couldn’t believe it, but it is the result of our new training system; we work with a small group of students (3-4) which means that we can spend more time in each one and they can make more flights.
We tested this: one morning we made three rounds of flights at the same time than other schools made one and a half. Maths.
But in our opinion, the key thing is the dual tandem flights with the instructors: the students can learn very quickly, but very well at the same time.
After a few tandem flights, they are ready for solo flights. For the rest of the pilots in the group, a big smile on their red skin face at the end of the week, especially for Andre, who flew more than 22 hours in two weeks… in late November.