The above sports are not regulated by DGCA or Aero Club of India.
International structure for Aero sports
The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the World Air Sports Federation, is the world governing body for air sports and for certifying world aviation and space records. FAI was founded in 1905 and recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
CIVL - Commission Internationale de Vol Libre – is a commission under FAI to look into all issues pertaining to paragliding. NAC – National Airsport Control is a body in each country affiliated to FAI.
NAC is supposed to have a commission for each aero sport. Aero Club of India is our NAC but has no commission to look into Paragliding and Paramotoring. Training schools are not regulated. However Aero Club of India gives memberships to paragliding and paramotoring pilots and issues sporting license to those who wish to participate in competitions based on pilot’s logbook and experience level.
Licensing in India
Paragliding and Paramotoring is not regulated in India, so no license is required to fly anywhere in India. However all pilots are expected to maintain a logbook to show their experience level. In absence of national policies, many states in India have come up with safety guidelines to reduce risk factors and control accidents.
There are international associations which issue licenses for a fee, but these are necessary only when you fly in countries where licensing is mandatory or you wish to participate in competitions. These can be easily obtained by pilots who maintain their log books and can demonstrate their skill level.
Note for new entrants into paragliding:
Aero sports are expensive. The risk factors associated with paragliding demands dedication, time and focus of those involved in giving training and receiving training. Analysis over 25 years shows that only 5 percent of people who do the basic course continue with the sport to the next level. The reasons are personal and the factors are cost, dedication and priorities in life. Anyone can do a basic course but advance level course needs financial planning as well as time management between your profession, family time and social life.
How to choose flying school
Most of the schools will have a website. Information provided on the website can give you lot of information. Visit as many websites to gain general knowledge. Make your own points which you can clarify over the phone and increase your understanding level. Study the syllabus for quality and the instructor to student ratio to analyse safety and value for money. Popular schools may overbook and not give value for money and little known schools may not have experienced instructors. Recommendations or reviews from old students will be helpful. If the school is close by, ask if you can visit them during their training session. Marketing person may insist on joining for the course immediately, don’t fall in the trap. Don’t rush, do some research. Take your time and plan well before joining for the course.