– USA Paragliding Association in USHPA Magazine
CREATING A PARAGLIDING SCHOOL
Mike and Stuart Belbas have been flying in one form or another for almost 25 years, from aeroplanes and helicopters to paragliders and hang-gliders.
We started flying light aircraft when we were 17, acquiring our Private Pilots Licence before we could even drive a car. Every form of aviation has always excited us, but when it comes to flying, our biggest passion by far has always been paragliding and nothing puts a bigger smile on my face than getting to share that passion with other people.
We have worked professionally in the paragliding industry for over 20 years from teaching and instructor training, testing gliders, SIV trainers, acro trainers and even involved in testing paragliders for the DHV. We have worked on film sets as stunt pilots and traveled the world on numerous expeditions being the first people to fly in a number of remote places around the globe. We were the first people, in fact still the only people to date, to cross the Kalahari desert by powered paraglider.
In short, we get a thrill from everything to do with paragliding and when we are not teaching people to paraglide here in Verbier, we are usually off flying for ourselves somewhere.
In 2003, a dream came true for Mike and I when we opened our own paragliding school in our favorite place in the world, the Swiss Alps. Our philosophy when founding Verbier Summits was to create the best place in the world to learn to paraglide, with the safest teaching practices, in the most beautiful environment and with the best team of instructors possible. Almost 20 years later, I believe that we still meet that brief!
Mike and I have over 20 years of Alpine experience and over 12,000 hours airtime each.
OUR FLYING QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE:
- FSVL & OFAC Instructor and Instructor trainer (Highest Instructor qualification in the world).
- FSVL and OFAC Tandem Instructor.
- FSVL tandem pilot.
- FSVL Hang-glider pilot.
- BHPA Senior Instructor.
- PPL (Private Pilots Licence).
Verbier-Summits is certified & approved BHPA school located in Switzerland. Switzerland has the highest standard of teaching regulations in the World regulated by the Federal Civil Aviation Authorities, OFAC. Verbier-Summits is the only BHPA school in the world to also be regulated by OFAC. The Chief Flying Instructor at Verbier-Summits is trained and qualified to teach by:OUR SPONSORS AND PARTNERS: