Training Resources

A number of educational resources are available to support your flight training, whether you're a student learning to fly or an experienced pilot improving your skills.

FAA Resources

The FAA maintains the Pilot's Handbook and the Powered Parachute Handbook to aid in flight training. The USHPA has compiled a list of some of the most relevant topics and chapters from the handbooks for hang gliding, paragliding, and speedflying student pilots. Read more

Hang Gliding, Paragliding, and Speedflying Books

A number of textbooks explain everything from the basics of hang gliding, paragliding and speedflying to the weather, cross-country flying, towing, and more. Here's a list to get started: 

Hang Gliding

Hang Gliding Training Manual by Dennis Pagen

Performance Flying by Dennis Pagen

The Secrets of Champions by Dennis Pagen


Paragliding: A Pilot’s Training Manual by Mike Meier

The Art of Paragliding by Dennis Pagen

Mastering Paragliding by Kelly Farina


Understanding the Sky by Dennis Pagen


Towing Aloft by Dennis Pagen and Bill Bryden