The training course :
After the initial bungee training course, the student pilot is briefed for his first solo flight.
He will be aero-towed till 1300m above ground, then during the descent he will do some exercise ordered from the ground by a flight instructor; he will then be guided during the approach till short final, where he will land by his own, like he did the day before when launched by bungee.
Then he will have a minimum of 9 training flights, of which at least 6 short aerotows, to make different kind of approaches, radio guided by the flight instructor
At the end of his training course, a certificate of proficiency is delivered to the pilot.
Training language available: french, english, german.
The student pilot’s car is used for ground towing of the glider.
Required flight experience :
Initial bungee training course by ADPUL successfully done
– Certificate of no contraindication to fly hanglider or paraglider delivered by any doctor,
– or EASA approved medical certificate for glider or aircraft pilot
Provided by FFVL, pilot membership required
Pending if the student pilot needs the Swiftlight provided by ADPUL, or is coming with his own ultralight glider, equipped or not with an auxiliary engine.
• with ADPUL’s Swiftlight: 700€ for the 10 flights training course, aerotows included, 70€ per each additional flight if needed
• student pilot with his own UL glider: 400€, aerotows included, 40€ per each additional flight if needed,
• if the student pilot’s UL glider has an engine allowing self launching: 200€, 20€ per each additional flight if needed
During the scheduled training sessions, and by appointment pending on the availability of the instructor and the tow pilots (calm flying conditions required: from august morning or late after noon, or all the day long in the fall), expect one week.
Adverse weather :
The training course will be set at a later date (non refundable deposit).
fill the training course application form
Aero-towing is much easier than with a traditional hang glider, which makes the Swift easy to reach for those who are used to fly hang-gliders. Controlling the Swift is straightforward, during the first long flight I followed the instructor’s advices on the radio and I got used to the different sink rates depending on speed, flap setting, and use of spoilers and rudder. It was nice to discover that stalls are very soft.
On my own request, I enjoyed being able to manage the second landing all by myself.
Finally, the third flight which lasted almost 2 hours was a beautiful gift cause I was able to handle the Swift in thermals, on the day of my first solo flight.
I intentionally showed up a bit high on final in order to increase my sink rate using the spoilers and the rudders. Two tools we would have dreamed of when flying hang glider!
I found the training compatible to my own previous experiences. The advices given are sufficient, I appreciated the calm way they were given.
Thanks a lot again for this nice discovery.
Instructions given just before the towing made it easy for me to adapt speed and alignement behind the tow plane.
First drop at 1400 meters AGL (~5000 feet), in calm conditions, allows for a safe familiarization to the aircraft behaviour.
Radio instructions to maneuver at various speeds, banks, using speedbrakes and rudder, practising stalls, are accurate and made me confortable with the aircraft handling.
Flights under supervision:
Following the guided flights, tow-plane drops are a bit lower and are used to improve handling and landing technique. Guidance is therefore, during this phase, rather an help on the trainee request. During post flight debriefings, additional advices are given and it made me confident for the following flights.
As a conslusion I would say that ADPUL training method is absolutely in accordance with a safe progress of Class 2 pilots, and in compliance with the French Free Flight Federation (FFVL) standards.