Queenstown Paragliding and Hang Gliding School - Extreme Air

Full Paragliding License Course

Mountain Flying Course PG2 (10 Days)

Learn how to fly in Queenstown with one of New Zealand’s most experienced female instructors and her experienced team. We operate out of the Flight Park landing zone at the bottom of Coronet Peak ski field in Queenstown.

PG2 course - 10 day course:

Do you want to fly like a bird and have complete freedom? Then this is the course for you. The PG2 course will give you the skills and confidents to fly safely.

You will learn everything you need to know about flying a paraglider safely on this course. This will give you a solid foundation. Then you can paraglide and continue to grow your flying skills and experiences and adventures for many years.

The PG2 is the license required to fly unsupervised in NZ, this is administered through the New Zealand Hand Gliding and Paragliding Association (NZHGPA) that operates under Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

This course is part of PG2. The International training course provides an International Pilot Proficiency Identification (IPPI) Para Pro level 3. The IPPI card is accepted in most countries. You will need this qualification to fly over seas.

Extreme Air doesn’t just hand out license we will train you to be the best pilot you can be. Lisa Bradley and her highly experienced team will look after you in a safe environment. We pride ourselves on delivering a high quality service to our students. Lisa is very passionate about paragliding and teaching and passing on her skills and knowledge to her students.

What to expect:

This course consist of 8 days of intensive training. Expect to devote a minimum of five+ hours per lesson day to complete this course, including 10+ hours of classroom time. The PG2 license is internationally recognized. This course is run after you have fulfilled the Day course and PG1 course.

Day one: (Day course First) On the first morning you will learn about your paragliding equipment, how to clip in to the glider and to inflating and run with the glider. This is called ground training.  You will ground train on gentle slopes close to the ground in the morning and you will start to get weightless steps in as your technique get better. In the afternoon you can look forward to solo flights from our training hill.

Day two and three:  (PG1) The next day usually consists of further solo flying, either multiple flights from our training or flights from Coronet Peak which is 3800 ft high. Three or four hours of theory are included during the three days. Your instructors will guide you through every stage of your course. We will progress you at your own pace.

Rest of the course: (PG2) Successive days consist of multiple flights from launch sites suitable to the weather on the day. Expect about 30 flights, focusing initially on take off and landing skills. Once these skills are acquired we move on to ridge soaring and thermaling skills, allowing you to extend your flight times for the rest of the course.

We prefer you to do this course in a block of 8 days, as students generally learn easier this way, however if you have a problem getting the time off work you can split the course into stages or do it in your weekends or days off.

Theory: Combined with the flying, elements of theory will be taught. We conduct the theory lessons in a natural environment, discussing things as they occur, on the hill or in the landing paddock. There is also a necessary element of classroom theory. If you have the opportunity we recommend some pre course reading. "The Art of Paragliding" by Dennis Pagen is a particularly useful book.

*If you have Dyslexia or are illiterate, your instructor can help you through the Exams and theory at your discretion.

#Please note: You have to do the intro and PG1 course before starting your PG2 Course.


In the course you will learn:


Good decision making



Reverse launch

Alpine launch

Top landings Flying with other airborne aircraft

Landing approach methods

Circut approach

Figure 8 approach

Competent 360 degree turns

Slope landings

Back riser control in flight and landing

Tight banked turns and flat turns

Speed control

Speed bar

Reverse Launch

Big Ears height loss

Be able to land within 20m of a spot on 2 consecutive flights

A total logged time of 150 minutes including 10 flights of at least 10 minutes duration.

A total of 40 launches

Have flown from at least 4 different take off sites.

Kept an accurate and up to date log book

Complete VFR exam

Complete PG2 Examinition


Allow: 5-6 hours a day

Course: 10 -  days

Course Cost: $2500- 

Meeting point : Flight Park Cafe

Extreme Air Address: 793 Malaghans Rd, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand.


This course includes all equipment and instruction, this does not include site fees or the $25- HGFA student fee.

If you pull out of the course. You will be charged $250-  for each day + landing and take off fees. 

Most Students take 10 - days to complete the Day, PG1 and PG2 course.

Note- if you need more days after the course to meet the NZHGPA requirements, you may need to pay for extra days at the day rate of $250- a day +  site fees.



International Paragliding License

This course is part of PG2. The International training course provides an International Pilot Proficiency Identification (IPPI) Para Pro level 4. The IPPI card is accepted in most countries.


HGFA Supervised Pilot Courses 

Canungra Sky Sports is runung HGFA Supervised Pilot Course in Queenstown under CFI Lisa Bradley. There will be two instructors on this course. You will also need to join up to the HGFA and the NZHGPA before starting this course, Lisa will help you with this. Check out course dates below.

Please contact Lisa about these course on lisa@extremeair.co.nz


2018 License Course Dates

(NZHGPA PG2 License)  (HGFA Supervised Pilot Course) 10 Day Course

10 day course  *Jan 3rd - 12th                    6 places available

10 day course  *Jan 13th - 22nd       7 places available

10 day course  *Jan 13th - 22th        8 places available

10 day course  *Feb 26rd - March 7th          8 places available

10 day course  *March 5th - 14th                   8 places available

10 day course  *March 17th - 26th                8 places available


*We also run course on demand 7 days a week, November to 30th March.You can brake the course up into smaller blocks, it does not need to be done in one block. We can work around you and your days off work.



Extreme Air Address: 793 Malaghans Rd, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand.

For more information, please feel free to contact us

Phone: 021 1563256

email: info@extremeair.co.nz

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