The Best Place For Paragliding in Spain
Do I Need A License To Fly?
If it is the first time that you practice paragliding, you are probably wondering yourself “do I need a license to fly”? The answer is no! If you are thinking about trying tandem paragliding with us, you don’t need any license or previous experience to enjoy the flight.
At Overfly Tenerife, all our flights are perfectly suitable for those who want to experiment at least once in a lifetime how does it feel — for those who want to try the amazing feeling of floating in the air. Especially, for those who want to learn to fly or beginners who need to improve their flying techniques. During the tandem paragliding experience, you will be flying with one of our great experienced instructors who will be by your side in your adventure.
The paragliding instructor who goes with you will take the control and he or she will guide you to the best places with the most astonishing views of the south of Tenerife. Due to the instructor is the one who controls and guide, hence flying without a license is an option with us.
Do I need a license to fly a paraglider?
Can you fly without a license? Paragliding is a technical sport, so it requires some theoretical training before taking off for the first time on your own.
As in any sport, safety is of outstanding importance — that is the reason why we want to make sure that we cover every aspect of safety, security and information before our pilots make their first flight.
So now the question is, do I need a license to fly on my own? The answer this time is yes. Licenses to fly are granted by paragliding federations in each European country under rules set by civil aviation authorities. These licenses to fly are given once you have passed a theoretical and practical exam. You must take an introductory paragliding course to do these exams, and it is taught in the paragliding schools mentioned above.
In Spain we have got the Real Federación Aeronáutica Española (RFAE), which brings together sports federations of regional scope, associations and sports clubs. It is an active member of the International Aeronautical Federation (FAI), which is the international governing body for aerial sports — founded in Paris in 1905.
What do I need to get a paraglider pilot license to fly?
I want to become a paraglider pilot, but I don’t know how to do it. What does it take to become a pilot? How to get a paragliding pilot license? We will tell you all you need to know about pilot license requirements and how to learn to fly and be a pilot.
As have mentioned previously, you have to obtain the proper formation to become a paragliding pilot. Normally, the regional paragliding federations of each country have a list of recognized paragliding schools and instructors that possess the knowledge and training appropriate for teaching. Make sure the school is authorized to teach, as they will be responsible for preparing you for the exam to obtain your paragliding license.
It is important both the instructors and the school have their degrees up to date. Your instructor must have the title of Sports Technician Level 1. You can get more information in the paragliding federation of the region where you choose your paragliding school. If you choose Tenerife, you can do it in the Canary Federation of Aerial Sports (FECDA).
How long do I need to get a license to fly?
First of all, we want to remind you that you can get your pilot license in an official paragliding school. Paragliding schools get their recognition from the hand of the Paragliding Federations of each region.
The new learners have to spend approximately 20 hours in theoretical classes and at least another 40 hours of practice flying with an instructor to get a basic license.
During the theoretical classes you will learn about aerodynamics, security, meteorology and flying techniques. The practical teaching consist in at least two tandem flights with your instructor and more than 15 flights on your own, in which you will be assisted by your instructors during the take-off and the landing.
If you have any doubt, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be pleased to help you anytime! Remember that you don’t need a license to fly with us — so we will be waiting for you in the south of Tenerife!