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Welcome to the wonderful world of Paragliding, the world's fastest growing and most accessible form of free flying aviation. Paragliding is the simplest way to learn to fly quickly, easily and offers you the opportunity to see the world from a totally different perspective. The freedom and pleasure you'll enjoy from this pure form of flying are absolutely unsurpassed!

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If you would like a taste of Paragliding the best way is to take an introductory Tandem Flight. If you get the bug we take you all the way …

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If you are new to Paragliding or a seasoned Pro we can set you up with the equipment to match. At competitive rates to boot …

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Weather plays a great part in Paragliding. To this end the Local Stanwell Park Club has set up a live Weather Station on Bald Hill for all …

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We love to talk and with plenty of time between flights we are always reading, learning and training. Keep up with the news on our blog…

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Sydney Paragliding was the first professional school in the Sydney area specialising in paragliding, and the longest running paragliding school in Australila. We are dedicated to the sport of paragliding and to looking after all your paragliding requirements now and into the future. We operate from the world famous Bald Hill, Stanwell Park, Australia’s best coastal flying site and just one hour south of Sydney.

Mark Mitsos is the Chief Flight Instructor of Sydney Paragliding. He has lived and flown in the area since 1984, has acquired extensive local knowledge and is the most experienced paragliding instructor in the Sydney area. Mark is fully certified by the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia and has more than 35 years practical and design experience in recreational flight.

Mark lived in Byron Bay and learnt to hang glide in 1978, he designed and built many hang gliders from 1980 to 1989…. He then learnt to paraglide in 1989 on the Isle of Wight whilst working for Airwave Gliders. He attained his HGFA Instructor Certificate in 1990 and has been teaching ever since… Mark started paramotoring in 2000 and now offers his extensive knowledge to those who wish to learn about this.

Mark pioneered the use of tandem paragliding instruction for accelerated training, enabling students to be up and flying sooner. Mark has also worked on many HGFA committees, helped establish paragliding in the Sydney area, country NSW and was the driving force behind the formation of the Sydney Paragliding Club, which is now the Sydney Paragliding and Hang Gliding Club…

  • Godfrey, the first Malawian paraglider pilot…

    Godfrey, the first Malawian paraglider pilot (via Matador Network) THE FIRST TIME I introduced Benjamin Jordan to my girlfriend, he gave her a big bear hug that lasted about 10 seconds. I didn’t feel threatened though. The first time I met Benjamin Jordan, he gave …

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  • Excellent video by Brett Paul…

    PPG Australia from Parasportsmedia on Vimeo.

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  • First solo at Stanwell Park

    I am standing on the edge of a cliff with a semi-circle of around fifteen onlookers curiously watching me sorting green from red lines. My hands are shaking and my back is wet with nerves. Some people squint through camera lenses, most just peer with …

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  • Ben’s first soaring flight

    Hi guys, Ben West here. I have just (almost) completed my restricted license with Mark. I learnt heaps and had a lot of fun doing it! Thought I would share some clips from my first soaring flight here:  

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  • Sydney Paragliding - How A Paraglider Works

    How A Paraglider Works

    Imagine being a modern Daedalus, strapping on your wing, and gliding above the earth – paragliding, in fact, on a wing of nylon! The basic skills are easy to learn, and flying on the first day is common. The equipment is simple, lightweight and relatively …

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  • Airplane vortex

    Wing tip Vortices

    The phenomena of wing tip vortices is caused by the pressure difference between the upper and the lower wing surfaces. Air, being a fluid, flows from an area of high pressure to an area of lower pressure. This means that the air on the lower wing surface flows from the fuselage or centre of the wing to the tips, were it flows around the wing tip towards the upper wing surface…

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  • Sydney Paragliding Food Plate

    The importance to aircrew of a correct DIET

    Routine lifestyle choices can reduce performance and increase susceptibility to diseases. Diet affects mental alertness, mood and duty performance. Proper nutrition goes hand-in-hand with regular exerciser. By: Dr. STANLEY R. MOHLER TOO MUCH of one kind of food consumed during a single day can adversely …

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  • Mark Mitsos Reverse Launch - Sydney Paragliding

    The effortless reverse launch technique

    We went flying together at Stanwell Park, and I was very impressed by his effortless reverse launching, and superb control of the paraglider not only in a strong wind, but also in a small space between several hang gliders lying flat on the ground. Mark spent a good half-hour explaining his technique to me, and when trying it out I felt like a student learning to fly again. But, as it was for me, I am sure that for most pilots it will be worth spending the time to get accustomed to this new technique: I call it the Mitsos Reverse Launch.

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