Mountain Flying

Clinic Description:

The Mountain Flying Clinic teaches important information about how to fly at “real” mountain sites that are obviously much different than hill-type sites where pilots are usually initially trained. This two-day event is geared specifically toward P-2 pilots, and should be taken as soon as possible after they complete their P-2 certification. Class instruction has been developed for those relatively new pilots who are now ready for a greater challenge and change of view.

The Mountain Flying Clinic or equivalent experience is a prerequisite for the Thermal Clinic and the Cross-Country Clinic.

What The Clinic Includes:

  • Pilots will visit all of the flying sites and landing zones used on a regular basis in the Salt Lake Valley and Utah Valley.
  • Each pilot will fly sites that are deemed most appropriate for their skill level (weather permitting).
  • We will visit numerous appropriate, inappropriate, and surprise landing zones for evaluation.

What The Pilot Will Learn:

  • How to pioneer a flying site.
  • How to safely fly in the mountains.
  • How to analyze the safety and potential for any particular flying site.
  • How to quickly and appropriately plan the best approach to any landing zone.
  • Weather tendencies, patterns, and considerations.

Prerequisite:

  • P-2 rating.
  • Spot landing proficiency.
Ken’s thermal clinic was profound.
Free Bear, New Mexico
To have fun flying I have to know what is happening with me, my wing, and the air. But being new to paragliding (under 20 hours of air time), I don’t have enough experience to judge these things well enough. Since I fly in the mountains at home (southeast Arizona), I decided I needed to know more about this aspect of paragliding, so I took Ken’s Mountain Flying Clinic. It was a great experience because I learned what was safe and what was bad. We flew several diverse sites to provide a broad base of applicability. Now at my home sites (all mountains), I’ll be able to evaluate the conditions, know better what is happening with the air, pick better flying times, and therefore increase the fun-factor, which is my whole reason for flying paragliders.
Daryl Elam, Benson Arizona
What did I learn?  That mountain flying is a whole different ball game compared to flying at Point of the Mountain. One has to pick conditions, flight path, and LZ approach very carefully. I learned how to evaluate the site and conditions in a way to help minimize the chances of having an unpleasant experience. Also, how to choose a route down the mountain that will increase the chances of making it to the LZ. I tend to be very conservative in my flying – I try to keep it as safe as possible. Ken helped me in being able to decide what is a safe flying situation/condition and what is marginal or a bad idea. I now know more about launching in the mountains, landing in tight spots, and observing conditions before committing myself to flight. In the future, I would like to be able to “discover” my own flying sites. This is a first good step in that direction.
C. Christopherson, Utah
This clinic widens the scope of my flying experience under controlled and coached conditions. It teaches about favorable vs. poor flying conditions at all possible sites, not just those we visited.
N. Parker, Utah
I would recommend this clinic to others because of the valuable information given and to learn about the Salt Lake sites. I learned more about terrain features and their functions related to safe flying.
P. Beeson, Mountanna

Mountain Flying

$295
  • Fly In The Mountains
  • Two Full Days Of Instruction
  • Learn Local Flying Sites
  • Landing Zones And Approaches
  • Weather Tendencies
  • Crucial Safety Considerations
  • How To Pioneer A Flying Site
  • Build Confidence And Skill

Thermal

Clinic Description:

The Thermal Clinic introduces and teaches the fundamental techniques and theories of thermal exploitation. Thermalling is finding and staying in upward moving parcels of air that can literally heighten the adventurous sensation of paragliding to a whole new and exciting dimension, because a thermal has the thrilling anti-gravity quality of “lift”. And mastering the art of thermalling is essential for anyone serious about experiencing the greatest possibilities of paragliding flight. Imagine using nature’s own elevator to rise up to exhilarating atmospheric heights, and then using those same thermals to go on extensive cross-country excursions far beyond your horizons of expectation.

Thermalling should be approached cautiously and with a high degree of safety awareness. It is not something that can be done safely without a great deal of instruction.

The Thermal Clinic or equivalent experience is a prerequisite for the Cross-Country Clinic.

What The Clinic Includes:

  • Three information-packed days that will improve your thermalling knowledge, understanding, and efficiency.
  • Up to sixteen hours of classroom time that will give you all the information you need to convert into practical thermalling skills.
  • Functional games and exercises used to simulate and demonstrate principles of thermal flying that help build skills on the ground before ever getting into the air.
  • Flying thermal sites and in thermalling conditions that are appropriate for each individual pilot’s skill level complete with radio communication coaching and evaluation (weather permitting).

What The Pilot Will Learn:

  • Thermalling efficiency.
  • Reading and deciphering terrain features for thermal triggers and reservoirs.
  • Reading and understanding cumulous cloud formations and what they tell us about the type of thermals that are feeding the cloud.
  • Recognizing cloud types that may not be necessarily advantageous for thermalling.
  • How to “work” cloud base.
  • The many weather related specifics that determine favorable thermalling conditions.
  • The best launching techniques to use during thermic conditions.
  • Landing in thermic conditions.

Prerequisite:

  • P-2 rating.
  • Taking a maneuvers clinic before or soon after receiving a P-2 rating is highly recommended.

Thermal

$395
  • Three-Day Event!
  • Hours Of Classroom Instruction!
  • Fly In Thermals
  • Learn Valuable Skills
  • Distinguish Thermal Triggers
  • Cloud-Type Recognition
  • How to “Work” Cloud Base
  • Launching Techniques
  • Landing In Thermic Conditions
Ken is one of the best thermal pilots I have ever seen.  He loves flying and he shares the love.  To pilots who want to learn and advance in thermalling, mountain flying and cross-country — the essence of what paragliding should be — Ken is the master and we are all his students.
Cliff Curry, Utah
Ken Hudonjorgensen’s Thermal Clinic was a great experience. It will be a great resource for me as I strive to develop my thermalling skills. The instruction included valuable practical drills to prepare for properly handling, using, and mapping thermals as well as technical instruction to help understand how thermals form and how we use them to fly. More importantly, we received invaluable instruction on flying in thermals safely and in addressing the all-important questions of whether and when to fly under thermic conditions. We learned patience and careful analysis from a very wise instructor. Thanks Ken.
David Nelson, Sandy, Utah
Great visualization techniques!  I took the clinic to understand more about thermals and thermalling and these objectives were met effectively. Strongly recommend this clinic to anyone who seeks flying at locations other than The Point. Thanks Ken – definitely worth price of admission!
Jeff Silk, Orem, Utah
The Thermal Clinic was Fantastic!  The ground school was superb. The thermal skills and object lessons made a big difference in my learning curve. They are great lessons. You did well in developing them. For me, the clinic was “A+”. We had a small class. The participants each brought their own expertise. Great chemistry. And after two solid days of instruction to then have success thermalling, … it’s as good as it gets!
Nathan Millward, Utah
I went to the clinic knowing nothing and came out feeling confident about thermalling conditions, meteorology, wing behavior, mapping thermals, sights, and flying methods to make the most of thermalling a paraglider. Above all, Ken stresses safety and good decision-making. Now I feel very good about practicing and honing my skills flying thermals. This was time well spent and it will increase the fun-factor in my flying.
Daryl Elam, Benson, Arizona
I just finished the Rat Race Super Clinic working with three really great instructors, but I’d like to give special credit to Ken Hudonjorgensen for some things he helped me with.

I arrived at Woodrat Mountain somewhat traumatized from accidentally spinning my glider a couple of weeks before. My first flight off the mountain I found my bump tolerance to be terrible. I was tense and fearful. I could have stayed up, but chose to land after only 10 minutes because it just wasn’t fun.

That afternoon Ken gave a talk about fear and how it shuts down good awareness and decision making. He said rather than be fearful of the bumps and your wing moving around just think of it as information. It’s your wing communicating with you about the air you’re in. If you’re tense and fearful you will not be nearly as safe or able to feel what your wing’s telling you.  Ken shared a mantra he uses if you feel fear creeping in. “In peace my safety lies”.  That talk and that mantra so helped me the next day and the rest of the week.

The other thing Ken so helped me with was understanding what my wing is communicating to me. I’ve never known anyone as knowledgable about thermals and able to teach what you will feel with different aspects of thermalling. I left the Rat Race Super Clinic a much better thermal pilot because of Ken.

If you you ever get a chance to work with Ken, it will be time well spent and a tremendous learning experience.

George Morgan

Tandem 1

Clinic Description:

Tandem 1 is a student tandem rating, and permits the pilot to practice tandem flights with only other current USPHA-rated pilots as passengers. Receiving a Tandem 1 rating is usually conducted as an individualized private clinic. Please contact Ken to arrange a date and time and for further information.

The Tandem 1 Clinic is a prerequisite for the Tandem 2/3 Clinic.

What The Clinic Includes:

  • Instructor observation of between 1-3 tandem flights by pilot.
  • Discussion of the purpose and requirements of tandem paragliding determined by the FAA and USHPA.
  • Tandem 1 qualification exam.
  • Discussion and investigation of all the specific gear related to tandem flying.

What The Pilot Will Learn:

  • The important responsibilities relating to tandem paragliding.
  • The specific and necessary skills pilots must develop in order to obtain a Tandem 2/3 rating.
  • Heightened respect for weather considerations, safety factors, and flight mechanics.
  • Perspectives for continually refining general assessment abilities of passenger disposition.
  • The unique differences between tandem and solo launching, flying, and landing techniques.

Prerequisite:

  • Advanced P-4 rating.
  • Turbulence sign off.
  • 200 hours of logged airtime, or 100 hours with 500 flights of at least 500 feet vertical descent, or 100 hours with 500 flights of 2 minutes or longer.

Tandem 1

$150
  • Instructor Evaluation
  • Tandem 1 Qualification Exam
  • Understand USHPA Requirements
  • Responsibilities Of A Tandem Pilot
  • Analysis Of Tandem Gear
  • Specifics Unique To Tandem Flight
  • Establishing Passenger Rapport
I think you are doing a good job of trying and succeeding in making tandem paragliding an acceptable and safe sport in the USA.  There are many of us pilots who can appreciate your safety methods and safety-conscious attitude.  The tandem clinic was very educational and I am glad you are one of the T3 administrators because the way you teach is very safety oriented, which is what we need.
Sol Burke
An exceptional wealth of knowledge. And such intelligent, easy to understand, and patient explanations. I look forward to attending more clinics and learning more from Ken in the near future.
S Ward, Colorado
It’s an experience that can’t be found elsewhere ….
Greg Morgan, Park City, Utah

 

Tandem 2/3

Clinic Description:

The Tandem 2/3 Clinic offers the opportunity for Tandem 1-rated pilots to acquire a Tandem 2 or Tandem 3 rating and become ambassadors for the sport of paragliding by being able to fly with a passenger. It is of the discretion of the student pilot to express their desire for either a Tandem 2 or Tandem 3 rating. A Tandem 2 rating allows qualified pilots to fly only with any other card-carrying USHPA members. A Tandem 3 rating permits qualified pilots to fly with any person of the general public.

What The Clinic Includes:

  • Two days of in-depth classroom instruction and exams.
  • Extensive and thorough topic-related discussions.
  • Observational in-flight skills analysis.
  • Pre-flight briefing and USHPA waivers test.

What The Pilot Will Learn:

  • All that is involved in fully complying with USHPA rules and regulations concerning tandem paragliding.
  • Advanced methodology of how to safely launch, fly, and land a tandem paraglider.
  • Knowing how to properly and adequately prepare for a varying degree of passenger weights and sizes, and dealing with a wide range of reactionary states of mind.

Prerequisites:

  • Tandem 1 Clinic.
  • Tandem 1 rating.
  • 25-40 tandem flight as “pilot in command”.

Tandem 2/3

$295
  • Acquire A Tandem 2/Tandem 3 Rating
  • Two Days Of Instruction And Exams
  • In-Flight Skills Assessment
  • USHPA Regulations Guideline
This clinic is so well planned. It is a very effective learning tool and I would recommend this clinic to any advanced paraglider pilot seeking a tandem rating.
W Ross
I enjoyed the tandem clinic and the hospitality that you have showed the group.  I have heard many stories over the years of Ken this and Ken that, but I go into things with a clean slate and an open mind.  And you have proved that your word is honest and to the point.   Thanks again Ken!
Matt Combs
A truly good clinic, … thorough and complete. Ken’s experience is a great asset.
Xavier Girin

Basic Instructor

Clinic Description:

The Basic Instructor Clinic is three days of intensive training designed to make you a proficient and qualified paragliding instructor, and also authorizes qualified individuals to be able to issue P-1 and P-2 ratings.

What The Clinic Includes:

  • Hands-on training specifically designed to strengthen instructional procedure and expertise.
  • Consultation regarding the recognition and accommodation of each individual student’s learning style.
  • Understanding and being able to properly administrate the USPHA rating system.

What The Pilot Will Learn:

  • Important ethical considerations pertinent to paragliding instruction.
  • A careful study and application of communication skills.
  • Methods for best demonstrating the uses of paragliding skills and equipment.

Prerequisites:

  • P-3 rating

*Note – After the course, the pilot/ instructor must complete an instructor apprenticeship (must teach and progress with at least one student through the entire P-2 rating process), and also pass a critical one-day instructor evaluation.

This is my third clinic (two previous tandem clinics) and first instructor clinic with Two-Can Fly Paragliding.  As with the other two, instructor Ken Hudonjorgensen was thoroughly prepared, organized and professional in administration.  He provided ample opportunity to review my experiences and style and to supplement my “bag of tricks” with guidance from his own.  I especially nejoy his socratic form of teaching by asking questions which provoke thought, confirm understanding and promote insight.  I and many others deeply appreciate the service Two-Can Fly Paragliding provides to our flying community.
Gene Randall, Flying Dreams Paragliding, Juneau, Alaska
This was as engaging as cross-country flying all weekend, … maybe more. Ken has mastered the subject matter as well as the presentation to prospective instructors and adds real insights to the instruction process.
Bo Criss, Salt Lake City, Utah
This was as engaging as cross-country flying all weekend, … maybe more. Ken has mastered the subject matter as well as the presentation to prospective instructors and adds real insights to the instruction process.
Terry Alford, Brandenton, Florida
Ken is the most insightful, helpful, and experienced instructor I have come across. I feel dramatically more prepared and confident in my instructing ability. I have more tools and understanding of learning processes, both psychological and physical.
David Kestner, Santa Cruz, California

Basic Instructor

$395
  • Three Days Of Intensive Training
  • Understanding The USHPA Rating System
  • Proven Teaching Principles And Styles
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Precise Demonstration Methods
  • Tutoring Proficiency
  • Relationship Stabilization

Advanced Instructor

Clinic Description:

The Advanced Instructor Clinic is a rich, one full day of instruction where experienced pilots come to share pertinent information, unique perspective, and their extensive understanding about the sport of paragliding, and to receive specialized training to become advanced USHGA certified paragliding instructors.

What The Clinic Includes:

  • Pilot must pass a written exam that demonstrates their comprehension of approved teaching concepts.
  • Pilot must prepare and present a usable and comprehensive lesson plan for P-2 certification.
  • Pilot must pass practical class presentations and technique demonstrations.
  • Exhibit a solid competency of teaching ability.

What The Pilot Will Learn:

  • Helpful hints and techniques to improve their teaching prowess.

Prerequisites:

  • P-3 rating.
  • Standard Red Cross First Aid card or equivalent.
  • At least 200 days of flying and 300 flights or more.
The syllabus was very complete and extremely helpful. Ken’s wealth of knowledge and candid willingness to share his experience is admirable since it ultimately enriches the sport.
D Champaign, Colorado
It has been a very intense session led by a very wise man. Ken did a great job and was not a talker/lecturer. He spoke only when necessary and when he did it was very meaningful. He walks and talks with a deep sense of inner calm and it shows in his ability to teach. I feel especially sure that he was the best person to help our group.
Brad Weiss, Melbourne Beau, Florida

Advanced Instructor

$195
  • Cutting-Edge Educator Training
  • Must Demonstrate Impeccable Skillfulness
  • Must Possess Bountiful Paragliding Wisdom
  • Subject To Reverence Of Peers

Cross Country

Clinic Description:

The Cross-Country Clinic thoroughly prepares paraglider pilots for long distance travel by incorporating a varied and complex array of condition assessment skills and flight mechanics to boldly go where no man’s gone before.

What The Clinic Includes:

  • The careful study of established cross-country routes.
  • Discussion and evaluation of goals for a successful flight.
  • Embarking on a cross-country flight per pilot pre-determination and planning.

What The Pilot Will Learn:

  • Methods for achieving lift and maintaining altitude.
  • The important pros and cons of terrain feature familiarity.
  • Recognition of thermal triggers and potential condition longevity.

Prerequisites:

  • The Mountain Flying Clinic and The Thermal Clinics, or equivalent experience.
Two-Can Fly Clinics are always great for group dynamics – learning from everyone. Ken’s got a great way of teaching groups. He’s the best!
M Hollingsworth, Washington
Ken is one of the best thermal pilots I have ever seen. He loves flying and he shares the love. To pilots who want to learn and advance in thermalling, mountain flying and cross-country — the essence of what paragliding should be — Ken is the master and we are all his students.
Cliff Curry, Alta, Utah

Cross Country

$395
  • Fly As Far As You Can
  • Discover The Secrets Of Distance Travel
  • Plan And Execute A Cross-Country Flight
  • Maximize “Lift” And Maintain Altitude
  • Terrain Feature Recognition

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