Manilla is Internationally Famous for Paragliding
Manilla Paragliding School : License Courses - Tandem Flights - Equipment Sales
Learn to fly at Australia's only world class facility and flying site where the course delivers you skill standards well beyond the minimum and covers ALL aspects or paragliding (unlike most courses elsewhere). Located at one of the worlds best and safest flying sites - Mt Borah, which also hosted the 2007 Paragliding World Championships. Everything is in one place - the mountain, training slopes, classroom, accommodation.
We offer 9 day Live-In license courses (and private 1:1 courses) and take your training seriously (its aviation, not a holiday). The courses cost $1950 and inc all equipment, HGFA M/ship, on site transport, accommodation, a $400 equipment purchase credit and special student discount prices on equipment (new or used !). Tandem instructional flights are also available all year round. CFI Godfrey Wenness is the most experienced pilot in Australia, has 20 years as a Chief Flying Instructor, held the World Distance Record (335kms, 98-03), holds multiple current national records, and developed and owns Mt Borah - one of the worlds best flying sites ! BEWARE - There are schools making false and misleading claims about their experience and #'s of students taught. - you should always verify such claims ! Check the Learn to Fly get the facts section for more info.
For more information click on the Learn to Fly button on the left menu bar.
2015 License Course Dates - Spring Courses :
- Oct 10 - 18 : FULL :-( Please book in to the next course or ask about a private small group course
- Oct 24 - Nov 1 : FULL :-( Please book into a Autumn Course or ask about a private small group course
2015/16 License Courses - Summer Private and Small Group Courses (can be run at times to suit you too !):
- Nov 11 - Nov 19 : FULL :-(
- Nov 30 - Dec 8 : FULL :-( Please try the Private Course in March or the Autumn Group courses
- Jan 12- Jan 22 : FULL :-( Please try the Private Course in March or the Autumn Group courses
- Feb : No Courses due to Competition weeks at Mt Borah
- Mar 1 - Mar 8 : Limited Places available in a Private course - Please contact Godfrey for more information
- Mar 12 - Mar 20 : Limited places available in a Private Course - Please contact Godfrey for more information
2016 License Course Dates - Autumn Courses :
- April 2-10 : Places Available
- April 16-24 : Places Available
- May 14-22 : Places Available
- June : Additional course TBA
We also offer Private 1:1 and small group License Courses, Thermalling, Cross Country/skill improvement days etc all year round - they can all be booked at other times outside the course dates.
BEWARE : Regardless of where you decide to learn to fly you should know that there are a number of operators and tandem pilots who are unqualified, unapproved and un-insured. They and others are making false claims of their status, skills, experience and operational approvals on their web sites ! One school run by a quite low experienced CFI claims to be "Australia's #1 Facility" when it by any measure is far from that. See School section for more info, it might save you some $$'s, but more seriously your safety might be at risk !
Equipment Sales and Expert Advice - Australian Importer for the Worlds Leading Brands
Why Fly Economy when First Class costs around the same as B grade brands ! ... the worlds highest quality gliders from $3500, and 5 STAR safety rated harness's from $880. Don't pay more for so much less !! We have more equipment in stock in Manilla that most other schools in Australia combined !
Over 30 used gliders usually in stock - Alpha 3,4 & 5 plus other EN A models; Epsilon 5 and 6 - various hours, sizes and colours plus other EN B from reputable brands. All checked and guaranteed. From $1100.
Godfrey's Manilla Paragliding is the Australian importer for the worlds leading brands like Advance (paragliders and harness's), Flytec and Ascent (instruments), Lazer (helmets), Hanwag (boots & footwear), Charly (reserves) and Skywear (gloves). We are also the only Australian airsports premium dealer for Icom (radios), Garmin (GPS Navigation), SPOT (GPS Tracker) and Adidas (sunglasses). Other glider brands are also available and independent advice is always available. We also import and stock DVD's, text books and all items that pilots need. A range of tested second hand equipment is also available. Manilla Paragliding is one of the very few schools which actually stock items ready to deliver - most others have to order items in from the importers like us ! See the Equipment section (click on top menu bar) or on the logo's below for more information and current price lists.
Tandem Instructional Flights - see what its like to fly a Paraglider... $160
Available in Manilla (Mt Borah) and occasionally in Sydney (Northern Beaches)
As seen on TV Channel Nine's award winning "Getaway" program !!!
See the video clip on YouTube.. CLICK HERE.
Tandem Paragliding Experience Flights in Manilla (Mt Borah) : Available daily from Nov-April, and then May 16/17, June 6/7, Oct 17/18
Please contact us book a place ph : 02 67 85 65 45 or email click here !
Tandem Paragliding Experience Flights in Sydney (Northern Beaches) : at selected times outside the License Course dates. Please directly contact our Sydney based Instructor - Rafael on 0432 543 502 or email click here !
Tandem Flights are a great way to get introduced to paragliding in complete safety - it's only $160 for a real experience (includes HGFA temporary m/ship and transport). Fly with an expert instructor, get hands on tuition (conditions dependant) and maybe even say hello to a local wedge tailed or sea eagle. Flights last for around 30-40mins. Gift vouchers and in flight photo's are also available. Tandems are available most of the year round exceptduringlicense course weeks and are subject to weather conditions.
Phone or email Manilla Paragliding School for bookings (see contact below).
See Godfrey Wenness on TV in "Miracle in the Storm"
The internationally famous story of Ewa Wisnierska's amazing survival in 2007 after being sucked into a thunderstorm to heights of 33,000ft (nearly 10kms up !) for over 45 minutes with no oxygen and temperatures below minus 50 ! Godfrey was the paragliding technical advisor to the film and also provided narrative and interviews. Now available on YouTube in 7 parts click here !
Contact Manilla Paragliding School
For license course and tandem bookings, equipment sales & advice, accomodation, transport & airport pickups, group services and more information :
Email : click here !
Phone : 02 67 85 65 45 Phone (International): 61 2 67 85 65 45
Visiting Licensed Pilots
Come for a relaxed flying holiday at Mt Borah, try for a personal best XC distance or update your skills with an instructor. The safe and easy Manilla flatlands XC flying awaits you !
Mt Borah Web Cam - (no images at night !)
The web cam image is updated every 5mins. You can click on the image above to go to the Wunderground site for Mt Borah and see statistics and a previous 24hr video from the web cam ! Note : We try to move the camera view around to the launch site being used on the day. Sometimes rain drops and scratches on the camera housing cause the image to be out of focus :-(
Weather Radar with wind info - Gunnedah Doppler Radar 256kms Click Here !
Mt Borah Air Sports Facility
With 4 huge astro-turfed launches is one of the best and safest sites in the World. A$400,000 was spent on preparing the site for the World Championships event - new launches, 2WD access roads and toilets. Hill transport is available daily so you don't need a car. XC retrieves can be arranged.
Competitions and Events - Airsports and more at Mt Borah
Manilla hosted the 10th FAI Paragliding World Championships in 2007 and annually in February hosts the only high level international event in Australia (XC Open World Series see www.xcopen.org). There are also annual State Hang Gliding Champs in Feb/March, the annual State of Origin Paragliding event at easter (the 2nd largest event on the Australian calendar !), the Weekend Warrior Summer Series, and in September a Radio Controlled Model Glider event. Mt Borah can also host Mountain Bike event (Downhill, Enduro and XC), and 4WD events and training - please contact Manilla Paragliding School for more info.
Great value Cabin (A$20/night, all linen provided, full kitchen and BBQ area) and Camping (A$9/12night) accommodation is available on site at Mt Borah too with free wireless internet and a swimming pool ! Relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city and chill out at Mt Borah by the pool or camp fire after flying. Contact Godfrey ... Click here !
Film, TV and Stunt work - inc equipment hire and expert advice
Manilla Paragliding's chief pilots are experienced in all types of film, TV and stunt work relating to Paragliding. We also hire all equipment and provide expert advice. Personally vetted contacts are available for other aircraft types/styles/filming and including Ultralights, Gyro-planes, Gliders, Helicopters, Radio controlled models and other civilian and military aircraft.
Contact Godfrey by email : click here
Parts of this web site are being regulary updated and new sections added. The web site is updated for all information a flying enthusiast requires to learn to fly or plan a flying holiday in Manilla, Australia. It also contain information about upcoming events and competitions. In the mean time for some reading click on the links below :