Instruction

People fly Crestline seven days a week, weather permitting, so it is usually easy to get site information and a ride up the hill. This website's Pilot's Forum is a good means of getting current information, if you can plan in advance or have web access while here. There are a few flight schools which operate nearly every day and they are good sources of information for visiting pilots and for obtaining day memberships and sign-offs if needed. We have an online weather station and webcam installed near the Crestline launch and also have a Windtalker installed at the Crestline 'Top Town' intersection which provide wind information to pilots considering a trip to Crestline; winds between WSW and ESE and under 25 MPH indicate that it is launchable. Visiting pilots who are unfamiliar with the area are strongly advised to contact locals before going up to fly.

Crestline Weather Station: http://www.crestlinesoaring.org/wx/index.php
Crestline Windtalker: (909) 338-3362

Instructors/Schools:

All instructors listed are USHPA certified and are qualified to issue USHPA ratings, which are required to fly at Crestline/Marshall and most flying sites in the USA.
For liability insurance reasons only instructors/schools that also have the additional PASA certification can use Andy Jackson Airpark as a training facility.

USHPA/PASA Instructors/Schools:

  1. Atmosphere PG School, Marcello DeBarros
  2. Fly Crestline, HG, Dan DeWeese (909)-226-3331
  3. High Adventure, HG & PG, Rob McKenzie
  4. Jerome's Paragliding & Speed Flying School, PG, Jerome Daoust
  5. NeverLand Paragliding, PG, Stephen Nowak (909)-202-9581
  6. ParaCalifornia, PG, Hadi 'Henry' Golian (818)-681-7936
  7. Rhodes Hang Gliiding, HG, Dusty Rhodes (909)-771-1991
  8. West Coast Paragliding, PG Mike Masterson (714)-812-0099

USHPA Instructors/Schools:

(email web@crestlinesoaring.org to be added to this list)

Introductory Tandem Lesson or Full Lesson Package:
A tandem lesson flight is a great way to find out what HG & PG are all about, and if they're right for you, plus tandems are a lot of fun. Most USHPA certified HG and PG Instructors are also certified as Tandem Instructors. There are a number of Tandem Instructors who do not also offer further training, as a means to increase the public's access to our sport without the burden of running a flight school.

 


Crestline Soaring Society Ratings Restrictions, Instructional Procedures, & Unsupervised Signoff forms:

Basic Instructor Clinic - Nov 24-26, 2017

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Basic Instructor Clinic | WW Easy Flyer Method
Nov 24-26, 2017 @ Mission Soaring Center

1116 Wrigley Way, Milpitas, CA  95035
mission@hang-gliding.com
Tel:  (408) 262-1055

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Ratings and Restrictions Overview

Crestline Soaring Society

Ratings and Restrictions Overview

These charts outline the permissions and restrictions
for specific Hang Gliding and Paragliding Ratings
for fights that originate from higher than the 80’ training hill.

Note that all flight related activities require USHPA membership
and either CSS day fee payment or annual membership.
 

 Hang Gliding

 USHPA Rating

Restrictions

 Unrated or Beginner

 Instructor Supervision

 Novice without CSS Signoff

 Instructor supervision

 Novice, with signoff and < 10 hours airtime

 Yellow Streamer

 Launch only Marshall or lower

 No Fly 11AM-5PM DST*

 USHPA operating limits

 Novice, with signoff and > 10 hours airtime

 USHPA operating limits

 Intermediate or higher

 No Restrictions

 

 Paragliding

 USHPA Rating

 Restrictions

 Unrated

 Instructor Supervision

 Beginner or Novice without signoff

 Instructor Supervision

 Beginner with signoff (or)

 Novice with Signoff and < 10 hours airtime

 Yellow Streamer

 Launch only sites as indicated on signoff

 No Fly 11AM-5PM DST*

 USHPA Operating Limits

 Novice with signoff and > 10 hours airtime

 Launch only sites as indicated on signoff

 USHPA Operating Limits

 Intermediate or higher

 No Restrictions

 

* DST= time of year when daylight saving time is in effect

Paragliding Instructional Procedures

C.S.S. PARAGLlDING INSTRUCTIONAL PROCEDURES

General

The Andy Jackson Airpark is a P3 (Intermediate) site as far as pilots being allowed to launch from Big-O launches or higher. Any USHPA pilot member (even unrated) is allowed to launch from the LZ (training hill) unsupervised if they so choose. Instructor may allow and supervise non-rated or Beginner/Novice pilots from any of the launches (including Crestline) if the instructor evaluates student abilities and wind conditions as being appropriate. Please do not abuse this permission.

 

Progression of New Students

Paperwork, Equipment, and Conditions

All training including ground handling on the LZ requires the students to have USHPA memberships and helmets. It is recommended that conditions limit to 12 mph with occasional gusts to 15 mph although please modify this as wing loading dictates what is appropriate. Caution is advised to avoid times of day where possible gusts caused by dust devils are present. This means that although not specifically disallowed, it is recommended to conduct ground handling either prior to 11AM or after 5PM during daylight savings time.
 

Pre-Solo Experience

Before taking new students up for first mountain solos including all launches from Big-O or higher, it is recommended to prepare the student by their having at least 15 flights from the LZ training hill. These are recommended minimums, additional flights are fine and the mountain solos should only start when the instructor feels it is appropriate. Tandem training is an optional instructional tool and is recommended when feasible.
 

First Solos

Initial solo flights should have the instructor supervising by direct radio contact. Instructors should be supervising both from launch and from the LZ for at least the students’ first two flights. Instructors may designate an assistant that they feel is qualified for supervision at either launch or landing. Example: Instructor may be at the LZ and the assistant at launch, or visa-versa. As the instructor evaluates student abilities as being able to fly without radio, the student may continue flying additional flights with the instructor supervising (no assistant necessary), either from launch or landing without radio backup.
 

Unsupervised Signoff

As the student shows ability to fly in smooth conditions without assistance, the unsupervised signoff form (see webpage or PDF) may be issued to the student. Note that at least the USHPA Beginner Rating (P1) must be issued prior to issuing this form. Although the student would then be allowed to fly unsupervised, it is recommended to continue supervision whenever feasible. The USHPA mentor program may be a useful option at this point as well.

 

Visiting Novice Pilots (P2)

Pilots who have trained elsewhere might or might not have the ability to fly unsupervised at the Andy Jackson Airpark mountain launches. They are not permitted to fly without obtaining the unsupervised signoff. It is recommended that the instructor who issues this signoff evaluate the visiting P2 experience by inspecting the novice’s logbook and by watching at least 1 flight into the airpark. Instructors have complete discretion as to when to issue this form to visiting P2s.

Hang Gliding Instructional Procedures

C.S.S. HANG GLIDING INSTRUCTIONAL PROCEDURES

General

The Andy Jackson Airpark is a H3 (Intermediate) site as far as pilots being allowed to launch from all mountain launches above the airpark. This includes launches from the Big-O launches or higher. Any USHPA pilot member is allowed to launch from the LZ (including 80’ training hill) unsupervised and unrated if they so choose. Instructors may allow and supervise non-rated or Beginner/Novice pilots from any of the launches (including Crestline) if the instructor evaluates student abilities and wind conditions as being appropriate. Please do not abuse this permission.

 

Progression of New Students

Paperwork, Equipment, and Conditions

All training in the LZ and adjacent 80’ training hill requires the students to have USHPA memberships and helmets and for the case of pilots without at least novice ratings, wheels are required on the gliders. It is recommended that conditions limit to 12 mph with occasional gusts to 15 mph although please modify this as wing loading dictates what is appropriate. Caution is advised to avoid times of day where possible gusts caused by dust devils are present. This means that although not specifically disallowed, it is recommended to conduct training hill operations either prior to 11AM or after 5PM during daylight savings time.
 

Pre-Solo Experience

Before taking new students up for first mountain solos including all launches from Big-O or higher, it is recommended to prepare the student by their having at least 25 flights from the LZ training hill. Mountain solos should only start when the instructor feels it is appropriate. Tandem training is an optional instructional tool and is recommended when feasible.  If progressing above the 80’ hill without tandem training, it is best to consider the Big-O as then next level. With tandem training, going directly to Marshall from the 80’ hill is usually fine. Use caution if using Crestline for first solos due to the long glide. Though not restricted, it is not recommended.
 

First Solos

Initial solo flights should have the instructor supervising by direct radio contact. Instructors should be supervising from the LZ for the students’ first couple of flights. Assistant instructors are recommended at launch but not required. As the instructor evaluates student abilities as being able to fly without radio, the student may continue flying additional flights with the instructor conducting non-radio supervision, either from launch or landing or inflight.
 

Unsupervised Signoff

As the student shows ability to fly in smooth conditions without assistance, the unsupervised signoff form (see webpage or PDF) may be issued to the student. Note that the USHPA Novice Rating (H2) must be issued prior to issuing this form. Although the student would then be allowed to fly unsupervised, it is recommended to continue supervision whenever feasible. The USHPA mentor program may be a useful option at this point as well.

 

Visiting Novice Pilots (H2)

Pilots who have trained elsewhere might or might not have the ability to fly unsupervised at the Andy Jackson Airpark mountain launches. They are not permitted to fly without obtaining the signoff. It is recommended that the instructor who issues this signoff evaluate the visiting H2 experience by inspecting the Novice’s logbook and by watching at least 1 flight into the airpark. Instructors have complete discretion as to when to issue this form to visiting H2s.

Paraglider Beginner and Novice Sign-off

Crestline Soaring Society

Paraglider Beginner and Novice Permission to fly unsupervised into the Andy Jackson Airpark

 

INSTRUCTOR AND BEGINNER/NOVICE READ THROUGH AND SIGN THE BOTTOM

BEGINNER/NOVICE PARAGLIDER PILOT MUST CARRY THIS PAPER ON ALL FLIGHTS

 

  1. This site is a USHPA Chapter Site regulated by the Crestline Soaring Society (CSS) as an Intermediate Rated Paragliding Site. Non-rated MEMBERS of the USHPA may fly under direct instructor supervision. Once a student receives his/her Beginner or Novice Paragliding rating, meets the requirements outlined on this form and received this signoff sheet, they may conduct unsupervised solo flights within the restrictions outlined below. Visiting Novice pilots (P2) are required to have an instructor evaluate skills and issue this form at the instructor’s discretion.

    CSSAndy Jackson Airpark HG and PG Landing Approach

  2. All Beginner Paraglider pilots operating under this signoff must have logged a minimum of 2 hours solo airtime and have had at least 5 solo flights into the Andy Jackson Airpark from at least the height that they are being signed off for.  (see launch identifications in the declaration line, below)
     
  3. Under this signoff (excepting #4 below), you have the following flight restrictions:
    1. You must fly with a yellow streamer.
    2. You must not launch from sites you are not specifically signed off to fly (see signature instructions below).
    3. During daylight savings time you may not fly between 11 AM and 5 PM (PDT).
    4. In addition to C (above) you must follow the USHPA operating limitations for your rating.
       
  4. If you have received your Novice rating, logged more than 10 hours of solo flight time, you may ignore restrictions 3A & 3C (above) but you must remain always within the USHPA operating limitations for your rating and not fly launch sites you are not specifically allowed to fly from, plus no launching from Crestline without instructor supervision.
     
  5. In order to minimize approach congestion caused by the airspeed difference between paragliders and hang gliders, a suggested approach pattern that separates these crafts as outlined has been adopted. Deviation from this pattern is allowed and suggested when it does not increase congestion or actually reduces congestion. During downslope winds the approach pattern is entirely up to the pilot. Basically do what is safest for you and your fellow pilots.
     
  6. Landing off-field is always a possibility. Primary concern is your safety. If seriously hurt during an off-field landing, minimize your activity and leave your equipment exposed. Your lack of activity and exposed gear will be a sign that you need help. If you are capable to get yourself out, first pack up your equipment so other pilots won’t begin an unnecessary rescue effort.
     
  7. If a fire is in the local mountains land immediately!  Aerial firefighters need approximately a 5-mile radius to maneuver to make fire retardant drop passes.  Even if they see you while making these passes, you are interfering.

I declare that the Beginner/Novice Paralider pilot below, has the skills necessary to safely fly into the Andy Jackson Airpark and I have reviewed the above requirements with the pilot. They are allowed to launch from (circle all that apply, line out others)… 

 

Big-O            750             Regionals           Marshall

(Note: no Crestline permission allowed while operating under this signoff)

 

Instructor Print Name & Signature__________________________________________________USHPA#____________

I have read the above Beginner/Novice requirements and restrictions and will fly accordingly.

Beginner/Novice Pilot Print Name & Signature__________________________________________________USHPA#____________

Recommended: Please identify
Emergency Contact:________________________________________________________________

(PDF VersionAvailable)

Rev. Jan 2014

 

Hang Glider Novice Sign-off

Crestline Soaring Society

Hang Glider Novice Permission to fly unsupervised into the Andy Jackson Airpark

 

INSTRUCTOR AND NOVICE READ THROUGH AND SIGN THE BOTTOM

NOVICE HANG GLIDER PILOT MUST CARRY THIS PAPER ON ALL FLIGHTS

  1. This site is a USHPA Chapter Site regulated by the Crestline Soaring Society (CSS) as an Intermediate Rated Hang Gliding Site. Non-rated MEMBERS of the USHPA may fly under direct instructor supervision. Once a student receives his/her Novice Hang Gliding rating, meets the requirements outlined on this form and received this signoff sheet, they may conduct unsupervised solo flights within the restrictions outlined below. Visiting Novice pilots (H2) are required to have an instructor evaluate skills and issue this form at the instructor’s discretion.

    CSSAndy Jackson Airpark HG and PG Landing Approach

  2. All Novice Hang Glider pilots operating under this signoff must have logged a minimum of 2 hours solo airtime and have had at least 5 solo flights into the Andy Jackson LZ.
     
  3. Under this signoff (excepting #4 below), you have the following flight restrictions:
    1. You must fly with a yellow streamer.
    2. You must not launch from Crestline.
    3. During daylight savings time you may not fly between 11 AM and 5 PM (PDT).
    4. In addition to C (above) you must follow the USHPA operating limitations for your rating.
       
  4. If you have logged more than 10 hours of solo flight time, you may ignore restrictions 3A, 3B & 3C (above) but you must remain always within the USHGA operating limitations for Novice.
     
  5. In order to minimize approach congestion caused by the airspeed difference between paragliders and hang gliders, a suggested approach pattern that separates these crafts as outlined has been adopted. Deviation from this pattern is allowed and suggested when it does not increase congestion or actually reduces congestion. During downslope winds the approach pattern is entirely up to the pilot. Basically do what is safest for you and your fellow pilots.
     
  6. Landing off-field is always a possibility. Primary concern is your safety. If seriously hurt during an off-field landing, minimize your activity and leave your equipment exposed. Your lack of activity and exposed gear will be a sign that you need help. If you are capable to get yourself out, first pack up your equipment so other pilots won’t begin an unnecessary rescue effort.
     
  7. If a fire is in the local mountains land immediately!  Aerial firefighters need approximately a 5-mile radius to maneuver to make fire retardant drop passes.  Even if they see you while making these passes, you are interfering.

I declare that the Novice Hang Glider pilot below, has the skills necessary to safely fly into the Andy Jackson Airpark and I have reviewed the above requirements with the pilot.
 

Instructor Print Name & Signature__________________________________________________USHPA#____________

I have read the above Novice requirements and restrictions and will fly accordingly.

Novice Pilot Print Name & Signature__________________________________________________USHPA#____________

Recommended: Please identify
Emergency Contact:________________________________________________________________

(PDF Version Available)

Rev. Jun 2017