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Located In Live Oak, Florida

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When I began, I was just intrigued but wasn't sure if I could do it. Once I made the decision that I was going to do this... it was life-altering. My entire outlook on the world changed. My overall mood improved, even the way I approached different situations in life became more productive. It's not just about flying. It's about experiencing true adventure and freedom in its purest form. Taking that leap to experience the world you live in from a perspective that most only dream of. When you literally run into the air that first time, it's like you leave all your troubles on the ground and escape to a magical land where it's just you and the air you're riding on. It's remembering what it felt like to have childhood dreams and then realizing your childhood dreams coming to life. After I experienced this for myself, I started my journey to doing everything needed to be able to offer this magical sport to everyone I possibly could. These experiences are the foundations that Happy Thoughts was built on and we continue to bring joy and magical experiences to tons of people every day. When you experience this for yourself you will never look back. Think happy thoughts and leave your world behind. YOU CAN FLY! 

TRAINING

We Work With You To Fix Whatever's Keeping You Grounded

When & Where: Thursday - Sunday at the Live Oak, Florida county airport located at 13302 Voyles St, Live Oak, FL 32060.

Cost: A $500 deposit secures your spot. Standard tuition is $2,000; however, we offer significant discounts (up to $800) if you choose to buy your own personal equipment through us after your training is completed.

Training Includes: Access to our equipment, tow wench flights, radio assisted instruction, and our online ground school course. If you're planning on bringing your own equipment, please contact us before you arrive!

Time Required: Training takes 7-14 accumulated days; however, you do not have to do each day back to back. We work with your schedule to allow you to come and go whenever works best for you.
We stick with you until you're 100% confident to fly on your own!

WHY CHOOSE US?

  • We are $800 - $2400 more affordable than other schools. 
  • We don't require that you drop your life for 2 weeks. We allow you to come and go until you are ready to fly on your own.
  • We are the only school that does not directly sell equipment. This is a huge deal because it allows us to be completely unbiased in helping you select your own gear. It also allows us to be focused 100% on your training experience and gives you 100% freedom in selecting your glider and motor (you are not locked in to having to choose between only 2 or 3 brands).
  • ​We are a certified school with certified instructors.
  • ​We have a tow winch that allows you to get airborne as soon as your second day of training. This is a huge benefit because it will allow to you taste the feeling of flight and have your landings dialed in before even strapping on the motor!
  • ​We have it all! Trike trainer, classroom, simulator, demo equipment, kiting harnesses, helmets, and much, much more!
"I loved the friendly atmosphere, the professional level of expertise, and the great flexibility for scheduling my training! I would recommend to anyone interested in that first flight!"
- M Webb.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How safe is powered paragliding?

It is the safest form of aviation besides commercial airliners. There's a saying that, "it's as safe as you make it." The reason for most accidents is inadequate training and flying in bad weather.

How long does it take to learn?

We require a minimum of 7 hours, but strongly advise a minimum of 7 accumulated days to be proficient.

How long does a single training session take?

It varies, but you can plan on at least 2 hours. We normally train in the mornings and evenings.

How high can I fly?

Legally you can fly up to 18,000 feet (yes that's over 3 miles) high, but few have wanted to be that cold.

How long can I fly for?

There are some variables, but you can figure around 3-4 hours on a single tank of gas.

What happens if the motor dies?

You simply glide down and land in a safe spot. In fact, killing the motor while still airborne is the standard way to land.

Does powered paragliding require a license?

No. Most would agree that it's truly the greatest form of freedom.

Are your instructors certified?

Yes. We are certified through the United States Powered Paragliding Association (USPPA).

How much is the equipment?

It varies with the types and brands you choose, but you can estimate spending between $6,000 - $10,000.

Is there a weight limit?

Not really. The more you weigh, the bigger of a kite you will need. Although for tandem flights (2 people), it's best for the passenger to weight 200 pounds or less.

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