P3 Certification


The Intermediate program will help you become an exceptional pilot.  A P3 student, will learn coastal soaring, thermal flying in mountains, on flatlands, over deserts, from tow launches, and will learn to understand the atmosphere and anticipate changes before they occur. Your knowledge and skill base will exceed the level that the majority of pilots possess.


P3 (Intermediate) Certification

Torrey Pines Gliderport certifies more P3 pilots, at a higher level than any other school in North America.  The Gliderport provides a structured P3 training program that has taken years to develop.  The P3 program will take ~ 20-25 flying days for a recent P2 and take a bit less for more experienced P2’s.

We have very high expectations of our P3 students and will not sign off P3’s who’ve only met the minimum requirements as set forth by USHPA. Those expectations will only be met by offering you a remarkable training experience. To create our P3 program, we traveled the world to visit the most successful schools.  We traveled to geographically diverse flying communities, to understand the skills and knowledge needed to fly there.  We worked with the top pilots in xc, acro, thermal, ridge flying. The goal was to put together a program that would create a pilot diverse in skills and knowledge, that would be comfortable anywhere and everywhere.

Learn more about our P3 program here!