Have you ever Dreamed of Soaring like an Eagle?
The wonders of modern technology bring this dream to reality. Back in the 70s man took to the air to soar like the birds in hang gliders but hang gliders were very time consuming to setup and to pack up and needed special transport to take them with you on holidays. Just like everything else these days there is much easier and quicker alternative - Paragliding. It takes just a couple of minutes to setup your Paraglider for flight or to pack it into a backpack for travel.
How does it Work?
Just like birds in nature we soar on rising air currents. Soaring is when a wing stays aloft or even climbs higher rather than just gliding down. It is truly amazing that with just a backpack of equipment we can soar like eagles on the wind for many hours and 100s of kms cross country.
SEQ Paragliding Flight Training School is run by Chief Flight Instructor Shane Gingell, A highly experienced pilot flying 21 years with 1000s of hours flying time and holding the Queensland distance record for nearly a decade from 1998 till 2007. Shane has been a pioneer in developing SIV training and aerobatic training within Australia. Responsible for the opening and developing many of the flying sites we fly today on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Passionate about the sport of paragliding Shane as held numerous executive positions on the local flying clubs over his long flying career. He has been passionately involved in pilot development and site development for nearly 2 decades now. This gives Shane intimate knowledge of the local flying sites and local weather conditions needed for flying. Shane has been appointed Senior Safety Officer for Paragliding by the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia, the governing body that regulates the sport. Shane finds it very gratifying teaching his passion of paragliding to student pilots and passing on his many years of experience.
Shane still takes a hands on approach and you will see him onsite personally taking the time for one on one time with every student.
Passionate about the sport of paragliding Shane as held numerous executive positions on the local flying clubs over his long flying career. He has been passionately involved in pilot development and site development for nearly 2 decades now. This gives Shane intimate knowledge of the local flying sites and local weather conditions needed for flying. Shane finds it very gratifying teaching his passion of paragliding to student pilots and passing on his many years of experience.
Rafael is very well known for his Instructing and flying in both Acro and XC. Having gained much experience from having taught 100s of people to fly and a decade of acro training all over the world from Brazil, NZ, Bali and 4 trips to acro hot spots in Europe like Organya where he was lucky enough to training with the world’s top acro pilots.
Shira is our teams Logistics Manager. Working many hours behind the scene to organize and prepare everything needed to ensure clients are serviced promptly and to the highest standard possible. Shira’s organizational and analytical skills are an asset to our operation.
Tex one of teams most respected pilots is the local club’s Senior Safety Officer and the most regular flying pilot in the club. He is the face you’re most likely to see any day out on the hill. Tex is our master camera man and captures the high quality footage that is invaluable for debriefing during our more advanced training courses like SIV and Aerobatic courses.
Shane’s one of our team pilots and enjoys all forms of our sport. He has been known to participate in all forms in just one day with a paramotor at sunrise followed by coastal ridge soaring in the morning with a cross country flight in the avro followed by aerobatics training at Sunset. There wouldn’t be a pilot in Australia that flys as many hours or as wide a range of types of flight as Shane T. Shane is a mentor and guide for many low airtime pilots starting their flying adventures.
Eduardo is a team pilot specialising in distance cross country flying. His wealth of knowledge in all the more advanced points of distance XC means that many pilots keep their eye on him to see where his heading and follow. Eduardo did also win the sports class during the Canungra Cup 2014.
Kate first joined out team as part of our Junior Pilot Development Programme. Kate has not only impressed us but has left the whole flying community in awe of her progression in the sport. Her rapid accent has caught the eye Niviuk of one of the world’s largest paragliding manufacturer and lead to minor sponsorship.