Frequently asked questions

It is very common to have lots of questions about what we do and how you can start enjoying our amazing sport. The below are some of the most common questions we have received over the years and we hope they answer any questions you might have. 

If you still have any questions then please use the Call Back form at the bottom of the page and we will get back to you with an answer as soon as possible. We love to hear from our customers so do not be shy if you have a question that you cannot find an answer to below.

Start times vary each day depending on the weather conditions. You must call the Duty Instructor after 2100hr the evening before to listen to a recorded message with the weather forecast and start time for the morning. Meeting point is at our Airsports Centre unless otherwise specified. Please aim to arrive 10-15 minutes before the stated time.
Our nearest train station is Woldingham with lines running from London Victoria and London Bridge. We are a 20-30 minute walk from the station.

Buses come from all across London to our location. Most of our pilots get off at Warlingham Sainsburys and then walk 20 minutes to the centre.

By car, we are only 18 miles from central London. However, do always check the drive times due to traffic and delays. We are 30 minutes from Dartford Bridge and 55 minutes from Dover.
We ask that you please give us 48 hours notice if you intend to cancel your training day. This is so that we are able to give our instructors sufficient notice beforehand.
We understand that sometimes life doesn’t always go as planned, however if you do cancel with less than 48 hours notice we will be unable to refund your training day or allow you to rebook that day, as per our terms and conditions.
If you have any further queries on this please don’t hesitate to contact us.
If the weather conditions are unsuitable for flying, the day will be cancelled as it is unsafe to teach. You will be reallocated your day on the online booking system and will be able to rebook online for a future date.
We teach every day of the year that the weather conditions allow, and run all of our courses every day of the week. Whilst the summer months and long days often appear best for flying, we have some of our best flying days in autumn and winter as the air can be smoother with less thermic activity – ideal when you are learning to fly.
Accommodation is available (subject to prior arrangement) either in our farm cottage or your own tent/caravan. Please get in touch with us beforehand if you plan on staying overnight.
All accommodation is self-catering, and we have local amenities nearby:
Village shop – 1 mile
Sainsburys – 2 miles
Local village Warlingham has pubs, restaurants, a Co-op and a petrol station
Caterham – 4 miles away with lots of little shops
Famous Croydon Purley Way – 6 miles
Our local train station is Woldingham – 1 mile away
On the day please make sure you bring: – Plenty of water (2 litres) as you will be outside and active for most of the day. – A packed lunch/snacks – Good boots with ankle support, eg. hiking boots. Please wear casual clothing, we would recommend long trousers and sleeves to protect from the elements. In winter please wear lots of layers, and make sure to bring suncream in the summer!
We have paraglider soaring sites for Southerly, South-Westerly, Westerly, and Light North-Westerley wind directions. For all other wind directions we have great sites for ground handling and low level flights.

Winching – we have a wonderful site that we can fly in all wind directions.

We don’t issue a sites guide as we like to meet people and give personal briefings due to sensitivity of some of our sites.

Lots of our Club Pilot level tasks for Paragliding and Hang gliding are carried out at various sites across the UK.
The minimum age limit to start learning to fly is 14, and the minimum age to hold an Elementary Pilot or Club Pilot license is 16.
There is no upper age limit, if you are willing to learn, we will teach you!
We teach people of all shapes and sizes. The minimum weight is 45kg and maximum weight is 120kg.
This is for safety reasons as gliders are designed to fly with a specific load.
The number of people we teach varies day to day. Typically we train in groups of 2-8 people.
Every student must be a member of the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA). This is mandatory and gives you third party insurance.

Should you require additional personal accident cover you must arrange this beforehand. If you are booking a Fun Day your BHPA insurance is included in the price. If you are booking a course you can sign up for BHPA membership on your first day with us. This costs £86 for three months or £140 for one year.
We encourage everyone to become a Green Dragons club member once they have completed their training.
We have set up Whatsapp groups for our members to enable them to rapidly communicate their imminent flying plans, weather updates from the hill, and whether coaches or instructors will be present.

As a club member you will be kept in the loop with future flying plans and general discussions about flying at Green Dragons.

We have found that these groups have helped our student and pilots network to meet like-minded pilots and get people flying more. They are meeting and flying together at our sites and car sharing to various locations, including the South Downs and Wales.

At all times, we do advise that you remain aware of you own personal training and skill level, whilst taking the advice of those who are either your instructors or local club coaches, especially if the flying site is unknown to you, as they will be more qualified to ensure that your flights are safe and fun.
Thermal Chasers are all-inclusive Flying Holidays that we have been successfully running for over 12 years! Please visit our Thermal Chasers page for further information.
Information:
BHPA UK National governing body – www.bhpa.co.uk
CAA UK National Airspace governing body – www.caa.co.uk
DHV equipment certification – www.dhv.de
Weather:
Weather Rain Radar – https://meteoradar.co.uk
Windy – https://www.windy.com