Hi, I'm Greg Hamerton and I've been a paragliding instructor since 1994. I'm excited to be your coach!
I have thousands of hours in the air and have flown over three hundred wings while testing gear and writing reviews. I was a chief instructor in South Africa before moving to the UK in 1997, to teach and compete on the Paragliding World Cup circuit. I returned to Cape Town for a few years because I missed the mountains and my family. I wrote a flying novel, a paragliding guidebook for South Africa (and later published Best Flying Sites of the Alps). I ran Paraglide Cape Town, specialising in SIV training (extreme manoeuvres), advanced cross country, and teaching tandem pilots. (Fun fact: I hold a UK record for tandem flying with 'the crazy baker' Vincent Talleu.)
Since 2008 I've been based in the UK where I instructed at Flybubble, shared my teaching on their website and transformed their Youtube channel into the success it is today. Early in 2020 I formed Fly With Greg to give myself complete brand independence so I can follow my passion for teaching and film making.
I have no sponsors. I buy my own equipment. So I can speak the truth.
I teach in many languages!
Most of my lessons are subtitled in English, and are translated by real pilots into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian and Chinese. I plan to support Korean and Japanese. If you're fluent and would like to help with any of these languages, check out my Scholarships programme.
What can I offer you?
I love flying, and I know many things that can help you. Through this website and the private chatroom you can get in touch with me directly, and I'll share my knowledge with you through the library of exclusive instructional videos and ongoing support. Your membership fuels my creativity!
The yearly subscription is the best deal, saving you 17%!
What does it cost?
The Flight Academy currently costs £14.99 a month or £149.90 a year. Get your questions answered in the regular livestreams! Join the private community chatroom and make friends with likeminded pilots. Get the latest lessons, updated monthly with new episodes. Learn from the growing catalogue of premium tutorials. AND get exclusive member discounts on gear, training and trips.
If you are likely to buy any equipment or do some training over the next year, you can save money with the exclusive member's discounts (6% for Monthly Members, 10% for Annual Members). Check out my Approved Partners around the world. Deals vary and may be withdrawn at any time.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are your videos on Youtube?
My Youtube channel is for entertainment, vlogs and fun, with a limited amount of educational content. My website is focused entirely on education (structured learning). So if you are serious about learning to fly, this is the place to be! Sometimes I release a 'shortcut version' on Youtube, and the 'extended edition' here, with detailed analysis that makes the difference between seeing a technique, and really understanding how to do it yourself. Most of the videos here are unique presentations you won't find anywhere else.
Can I get your videos on my smart TV?
Yes! It is usually possible to use Chromecast to send the videos to an internet TV. If this is an important function for you, please test this out first using a free video, like FLY WITH GREG
Are payments secure?
Payments are processed by Stripe or Paypal, so the transactions are completely secure and I don't have access to your card details. Please pay by card (if possible) because Paypal takes a larger cut of your subscription.
What businesses are involved?
'Fly With Greg' is a trade name of Eternity Press Limited which is owned by Greg Hamerton. USCREEN provides the streaming services and handles payment processing, so your card/Paypal will show 'Fly With Greg / UScreen Streaming services' on the charge. If there's any problem, I will personally sort it out for you.
It's too expensive for me!
I understand it might be unaffordable in some countries and for some pilots, which is why I release some free videos on my Youtube channel. The membership plans on this website match the value you will get from the service. As a highly experienced instructor, I offer you clear guidance from a unique perspective. The benefits to your safety, enjoyment and performance are far greater than the fee.
If you plan to buy gear, do any training or take a guided trip, the member discounts might well save you more money than you ever spend on Fly With Greg.
If you still can't afford it but would like to be part of my Formation, consider applying for one of the limited places on the Scholarships programme.
How can it be so cheap?
Pilots ask me this after being a member for a while. I give everyone a lot of my time and share my expertise, answer questions directly, and produce high quality videos regularly. I've taken a long term view on my pricing, because I'm confident that many pilots will join me to form a large community, which brings down the individual cost. You can make the magic happen!
How does the free trial work?
You will be asked to supply your payment details to confirm you're seriously considering the service. No charges are made in the first three days. The free trial gives you a chance to evaluate the programmes. If you like it, just continue to access the website and you'll be charged automatically at the beginning of each month/year depending on what you chose to trial. Cancel before the trial period ends and no charges are made.
What happens when I cancel?
You can cancel at any time, and you will continue to have access until the end of your membership term (month/year). Then your access ends, and nothing more is charged. So for example, if you pay monthly, you pay in advance for the coming month, let's say for example from 15 Feb to 15 March. If you decide to cancel at any time, the next payment will not go through on 15 March. Your access will continue until 15 March.
Why not wait, for more videos?
Membership gives you access to the latest lessons but not all of them. It's a moving window. Different videos will be in the catalogue when content is moved into various speciality courses. So if you wait, you'll miss out! You'll never get it as cheaply as you can by watching all the latest lessons as a member. And you'll miss out on the live support, access to the community chatroom, amazing members discounts and the regular Q&A sessions.
Why can't I download your videos?
My videos are available to stream, on PC, tablet, phone and you can even cast them to your TV, but you need an internet connection. All content here and on my Youtube channel is copyright Greg Hamerton and should not be uploaded elsewhere. If you want to use my films anywhere on the web, please contact me first: greg [at] flywithgreg [dot] com.
I look forward to including you in the Formation,