About Ria Moothilal

Founder and Chief Flying Instructor of Air School Paragliding. He is South Africa's first black National Flight Instructor in the discipline of paragliding. Starting with a fear of heights, he took up air sports in 2004 and has to date performed 1300+ skydives, 200+ base jumps and 600+ paragliding flights. He has also cycled from Cape to Cairo raising funds for cochlear implants. After matriculating with 6A's he attained a BSc Engineering degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is a former data scientist.

Spring Giveaway – Practical Weather Forecasting for Paragliding Pilots

Happy Spring Day! Here's my gift to you. Enjoy! "I've always focussed on being responsible for myself, and having an intimate understanding of the weather helps you understand what you're getting  yourself into" - Alex Robe (extract from Advanced Paragliding by Gavin McClurg) "It's definitely good to know how to read a Skew-T diagram... What we have to do as pilots is look at

By |2021-09-02T14:15:34+02:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |1 Comment

10 Reasons why you should take paragliding lessons today

What a time to be alive! Paragliding has passed its pioneering days of the '80s and '90s. This post gives you ten great reasons why you should start paragliding lessons today. 1. Global growth Paragliding is growing all over the world. Germany has some 40000 paragliding pilots. China passed 10000 pilots years ago. Iran has over 6000 paragliding pilots. In the Turkish town of Oludeniz,

By |2021-07-25T15:45:38+02:00July 25th, 2021|Categories: Future pilots|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

10 Reasons to learn how to paraglide in Cape Town

1. All year flying. It's amusing when visiting pilots ask when's "our season?". Our season does not end. It's on all year round. The types of flying and site choice may vary. You can have epic flying any time of the year. Summer is great for big distance flying and coastal dune soaring. Winter is great for city flying and light thermal flying. The northwest

FIVE questions to ask before choosing a paragliding school

Are you looking into paragliding but not sure which school to choose? This blog outlines FIVE practical questions to look into before making your choice. 1. Can I teach myself to fly? No, you can't. Well, you could. Though it would be illegal, and you will increase the chances of having an accident at some point. Accident's are as real as wheelchairs and funerals. Flying


Congratulations to Roland Andrag. Roland is a kite surfer, wind surfer, engineer and busy family man who also loves flying. With some skydiving and sail plane flying behind his belt the thought off flying an aircraft-in-a-backpack was very appealing. Roland put in the effort and completed his traininig in minimal time. During his training we flew at several sites including Hermanus, Du Toits, and

By |2021-06-17T10:08:39+02:00June 15th, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Monthly Newsletter

Congratulations to our newly licensed pilots. For Kevin Matisson (left), the Managing Director of Avior Captial Markets, the dream of flight has been there for some 20 odd years - it's been an honour making Kevin's dream a reality. Marc Bester (right), a former parabat and current Polygraph Examiner & Forensic Investigator, had a desire to take flight again and we were more than

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Winter Task Flying in Franschhoek

I love task flying. It's like playing a computer game in the sky with the added bonus of it being 100% real. The first and usually only time most pilots fly tasks is during formal competitions of which South Africa has only two. It's a pity because flying a task is a great way to build your skills as a pilot. A few benefits of

By |2020-06-15T13:02:03+02:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lockdown Level 3 Ops

As we move into "Alert level 3" on 01 June 2020, we have been led to believe that paraglider training schools will be allowed to operate. The following are our intended procedures to resume operating in Alert level 3. This post will be updated as and when we know more about the regulations and any recommendations by SAHPA. Compliance Officer: As per Government regulations our

By |2020-05-29T19:27:29+02:00May 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Connecting the dots…

In 2005 Steve Jobs' University of Stanford Commencement Speech made a real mark on my mind. Back then I was working in my first permanent job as an Agricultural Engineer with the KZN Department of Agriculture (DoA). Today, in my quest to understand the paths that lead one to air sports (attribution as it's known in the marketing world) I decided to look at

By |2020-05-26T13:53:53+02:00May 25th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Lessons from COVID-19

There are no guarantees in life. Our best-laid plans can be thwarted in an instant. Our time on this planet is finite. Is it worth putting off your dreams of flying? There's literally never been a better time... Now's the time to make it happen. If there's one thing most pilots regret, it's not having started flying earlier, take action today. In terms of equipment, safety

By |2020-05-25T23:00:40+02:00May 12th, 2020|Categories: General|0 Comments