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For a full list of Eagle Paragliding's instructors, please visit Eagle's Paragliding Instructor page


Dixon White Dixon White loved to teach beginners and devoted his professional life to competent, enjoyable, and patient instruction. In the early morning hours of Sunday 30 May 2004, Dixon White died in his sleep of natural causes. The people he inspired keep his spirit alive in their passion for teaching and flying. In 1999, Dixon won USHGA's first Paragliding Instructor of the Year award. In 1998, he received his fifth USHGA Diamond safety award and had over 7,500 injury-free flights. He supervised over 30,000 student flights since 1992. Dixon was one of the first few Master Rated (P-5) pilots in the country and was a Tandem and Instructor Administrator, a certified motorized flight instructor, a towing technician and an instructor of advanced maneuvers. Dixon received two Otto Lilienthal awards for distance flights, and set an Arizona state distance record of 100km, a Mexican National tandem distance record of 65km, and an unofficial US altitude gain record of over 12,000 feet! Dixon and Airplay have been featured on the Discovery Channel, in Smithsonian Air & Space magazine, and in the best-selling sport aviation videos "Starting Paragliding", "Weather to Fly", "Art of Kiting", "Lifting Air" "Paraglider Towing", and "How to Fly a DK Backpack Motor". Dixon was chosen to edit "The Art of Paragliding" by Denis Pagen, the most thorough and complete paragliding training manual available.

Our Instructors

Rob Sporrer Rob Sporrer has been paragliding since 1995. He trained in Santa Barbara with south coast free flying legend Tom Truax. He apprenticed with Tom and became an instructor in 1997. He then began apprenticing with Dixon White in 1998, and became a protégé of Dixon’s for many years. Rob received the USHGA Instructor of the Year award in 2002. He is a tandem instructor, and a tandem and instructor administrator. This means would be instructors come to Rob when they need certification. He loves teaching students of all levels, and continues to produce safe competent pilots. Rob flies in many big US and international competitions, and enjoys leading tours to exotic locations. Rob is a certified EMT, and currently training to become a member of all volunteer Santa Barbara Search and Rescue Team. Rob had a career as a model and actor before paragliding. You may have seen him hamming it up in television commercials for Old Navy with Morgan Fairchild.

Airplay serves as an apprenticing center for new and re-certifying instructors and you'll enjoy meeting the variety of top notch pilots/teachers who regularly join Airplay classes

We invite you to research other schools, call the United States Hang Gliding Association, or contact us for referrals. You will appreciate the concern for safety and the focus on developing paragliding fundamentals that will help provide you a more secure future in the sport.

Airplay offers instructor certification courses for pilots who wish to become instructors. These courses also allow instructors to recertify and update their teaching techniques by mixing ideas and new tricks with the instructor community.


The book The Art Of Paragliding
by Dennis Pagen and Dixon White is a great library of teaching materials and techniques, many of which came from the Airplay paragliding school instructors.