Embark on a heart-pounding journey through the heavens, where speed, adrenaline, and sheer beauty collide in a mesmerizing display of aerial mastery. Brace yourself for an exhilarating dance with the wind, as you defy gravity and embrace the electrifying thrill of speed flying
What is SpeedFlying?
Speed flying is a gravity-defying fusion of paragliding and the raw intensity of high-speed flight. Imagine gliding through the air with the agility of a bird, effortlessly navigating breathtaking landscapes. With a compact wing and nimble control, speed flying allows you to carve through mountainsides, blast along coastal cliffs, and weave between towering peaks, all in a thrilling pursuit of adrenaline and freedom. It's a captivating blend of adrenaline, precision, and sheer exhilaration that pushes the boundaries of aerial adventure, providing an extraordinary experience that will leave you craving for more.
With over 23 years of experience in paragliding instruction and a specialised focus on coastal speed flying, SkyWings is your premier destination to learn this thrilling sport.
Based in Auckland at the HighSide, SkyWings Paragliding offers expert training tailored to all skill levels, including beginners and experienced pilots seeking to expand their horizons. You'll receive comprehensive instruction that covers every aspect of the sport.
The coastal cliffs and dunes surrounding Auckland provide the perfect playground for speed flying enthusiasts to gain epic experience in record time. You'll experience the rush of ripping along above the beach, taking in breathtaking panoramic views. As you navigate the dynamic coastal terrain, you'll learn the art of precision flying, mastering control, and discovering the sheer joy of speed.
Safety is paramount at SkyWings Paragliding. With their extensive experience and emphasis on responsible flying, they prioritise your well-being throughout the training process.
With SkyWings as your trusted guide, prepare for an unforgettable experience that will leave you craving more.
What is a SpeedFlying glider?
A speed flying glider is a specialized and compact paraglider designed for adrenaline-fueled descents and agile flight maneuvers at high speeds. Unlike traditional paragliders, speed flying wings are smaller in size, with reduced surface area, less curvature, relatively large cells and very short lines, allowing for increased speed, responsiveness, collapse resistance and precision handling. These gliders are crafted to handle fast and dynamic flying and dive steeply with brakes up enabling pilots to carve through steep slopes, soar close to the ground, and execute thrilling turns with remarkable agility. Due to their compact design, speed flying gliders are not suitable for regular paragliding or soaring in light winds but excel in steep and confined spaces, and in strong coastal winds offering speed enthusiasts an electrifying experience that bridges the worlds of paragliding and high-speed flight.
To begin the course you must have:
PG2 and a minimum of 40 flights after getting PG2
or Skydiving C licence.
On the course you will learn:
How to launch a speedwing in light to nil wind as well as strong laminar coastal wind.
Pitch and roll control to harness the power of "the dive" and manage energy retention so you can safely use this energy to stay in a safe flying envelope and even transition to barrel rolls and swoops in your future flying.
How to top land in a safe manner and with the right attitude.
To maximise the safe use of your speedwing through knowing your equipment and adopting the right attitude to speed flying.
To interrogate the weather and use available resources to identify turbulent or potentially unsafe areas or conditions to fly.
Nailing spot landings.
Course cost: $900 Valid for 1 year.