Paragliding Lessons, Courses, (and travels)

in New England, elsewhere in the US, and especially in France, Italy, Slovenia, Brazil, and Argentina

Lessons in English, Francais, Espanol, Portugues, ed Italiano!

PLEASE NOTE: Unlike most other free-flight schools, we TEACH; we do not sell equipment directly. Although you can count on our support in finding yours at the BEST possible rates, our course fee is a guarantee for the finest quality INSTRUCTION! It is not a discounted fee with the expectation that we'll make a profit on selling you equipment. I personally guarantee this, with the highest level of professionalism and integrity.

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Your SOLO USHGA license : Three easy steps in only (typically)
a week of lessons:
1) Reverse inflation
 (Pilot: Peter, DerwentBay, Tasmania)
2) Stabilize; turn for take-off
3) Fly safe, humble before Nature.
FAQ: What's the difference between paragliding and hangliding? Is it SAFE? Who can learn? How does a paraglider work? Is it easy to get down? What are the costs?

Course details

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A scientific introduction

Through the centuries, hundreds of brave inventors hurt themselves trying to immitate birds. We live a UNIQUE time to try it safely. If only out of respect for those who tried and failed so hard, ***come check it out ***

PARAGLIDERS vs HANGLIDERS: both fly in nearly identical fashion with TWO main differences. First, the launch of a hanglider is more "radical" than that of a paraglider because the glider will only carry the load after it reaches an airspeed on the order of 20mph, which usually requires "throwing" oneself at full speed down a near vertical ramp; paragliders inflate at a lower airspeed (5~10 mph) and will rather lift the load off the ground. SECOND, while the pilot/passenger lie horizontally facing down in a hanglider, they fly in a comfortable seated harness when paragliding.

In terms of mechanical safety, most paragliders and hangliders are rated according to their stability and performance, after extensive testing by professional institutions (DHV in Germany, AFNOR in France, ...); TANDEM gliders are only certified if excessively stable.
USHGA-certified pilots have verified experience and Intructors must fulfill stringent requirements, ensuring your safety. STATISTICS: in the US, we are approximately 6000 paraglider pilots (in France, there are over 40000). In 2006, 49 accidents were reporter to the USHPA, which included 6 fatalities; 10% of the accidents happened while ground-handling, 15% while launching, 25% on approach, and another 25% in-flight (usually flying in bad conditions). About half of those accidents involved very experienced pilots with ratings P4, P5, or Tandem ( this may indicate that our rating system would benefit from imposing Advanced Pilot clinics and periodic reviews) .


The large majority of free-flight accidents (some say 99%) are due to pilot error, usually trying to exceed one's limits (which seems commensurate with the increase in accidents amongst pilots with high ratings, increase in aerobatics, and competitions).

WHO can learn?
Anyone! there's no particular physical ability required and minimal effort. On the other hand, patience and humility will ensure you have a long-lasting pilot carreer.

HOW does a paraglider stay up?
Because of its aerodynamic profile, a paraglider generates lift in the same way that does an airplane wing (Bernouli's venturi principle). Since there is no engine however (although paramotors offer a solution to that), the SKILL involves usnig updrafts, thermic or dynamic, to maintain or gain altitude.

Is it easy to GET DOWN?
Gravity exerts a natural pull - so unless you're in a good source of updraft, your flight path will be downward.

Please note: you must all take every lesson and complete the course together)
10% for two, 15% for three, one FREE glider for five !!!!!

What are the COSTS?
A complete new equipment (paraglider, harness, emergency parachute) typically costs in the range of
4000USD. However, we can sometimes obtain heavy discounts from certain glider manufacturers and we are happy to share some of that with our students. We are instructors, not salesmen. Our course includes at least one tandem flight!
Our Novice/Beginner course for Fall 2007 is priced at 1500$.

What you get in a Novice/Beginner course: up to 20 lessons, covering theory, practice, and written tests,
full use of our training equipment,
at least one tandem introductory flight,
personal help in purchasing your own equipment (recommended as soon as you achieve basic solo),

the highest degree of professionalism - period!


Our basic course for Novice/Beginner pilots involves a minimum of 10 days of theoretical and practical lessons, each day consisting of 4 to 6 hours of paragliding-related work, but dispersed enough to allow plenty of time for other activities - in order to avoid saturation and to allow family-style holidays. Weather permitting (always...)most pilots will exceed the minimum requirements of the USHGA for the Beginner rating. Our syllabus will soon be available on line, but in the meantime you can request it by emailing us.
  We provide you with the training equipment, but we strongly encourage you to purchase your own equipment as soon as you have deicded that the sport is right for you; the earlier in your training you fly with your own equipment, the faster your progression after the course.
  Advanced pilots wanting x-c training should contact us for specifics. Additionally, although we cannot guarantee it until we receive your non-refundable deposit, we are generally able to offer nearly-unbeatable prices on certain new gliders, almost saving you enough to pay for your course!


Here are a few comments about our paragliding course:
"...probably the most complete paragliding course available... thanks the H... for teaching me to fly!" (Dr. M. E. Padwa, Cambridge, MA)
" thorough, synthetic training and a broad exposure" (Entrepreneur M. & V. Mueller, Zinal, Switzerland)

"ouaho!." (A-L Perreira de Souza "Andre Modelo, " Brazilian National Champion 1999 & 2000 - quoted after landing on a cow during one of his initial solo flights :)


Nicolai Cauchy, Founder of Adventures Unbounded, is a certified USHPA Tandem Pilot, ICP & Tandem Administrator, and Advanced Instructor (please visit to verify credentials), who has earned the Silver Safe Pilot Award and has extensive experience flying and teaching paragliding in several countries.

Additionally, he holds an aeronautical engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an airplane pilot's license; amongst others, he has flown for the Civil Air Patrol.


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