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All of our instructors are Instructor Administrators or Advanced Instructors.

Christopher Grantham
Christopher dreamed of flying hang gliders as a youngster, but in 2001 discovered paragliding. He quickly left everything else behind and dedicated his life to improving the sport. He currently holds an Instructor Administrator Appointment for both Paragliding and Speedflying, the highest rating qualification for an instructor, and a Tandem Instructor rating. His syllabus and school program, developed from experience while teaching around the world, is nationally recognized and used by many other schools. Like many pilots his passion began extending to other air-sports and in 2007 he began flying small powered aircraft and now extends to hang gliders and paramotors (PPG). Christopher has recently returned to Santa Barbara after years of teaching at the world famous Point of the Mountain in Utah. In 2012 he accepted the Instructor of the Year Award from the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Assoc. Chris is currently the highest ranked instructor in the US based on the number of students still flying after 10 years. Chris is also a Powered Paraglider (PPG) instructor.

Brian Petersen
Brian began flying not long after Chris did, and honed his teaching and flying skills at the Point of the Mountain in Utah as well as Bir, India, where he was a commercial tandem pilot for many years. Brian is an avid acro and XC pilot, flying in some of the biggest terrain and deepest lines on Earth. Brian came to us highly recommended by several other top US instructors, and we're stoked to have his safe, calm approach on the team!

Chad Bastian
Chad began flying in 1993 and has since racked up more airtime than any other pilot in the US. He holds an Instructor Administrator Appointment and a Tandem Instructor rating, making Fly Above All the only school in SoCal with two Instructor Administrators on the team. He began competing nationally in 1997 and in 2001 he represented the US National Paragliding Team in the World Competition in Spain. The US Paragliding National Championships in the Owens Valley were organized by Chad in 2002. He also holds the highest safety award possible from the USHPA (Fifth Diamond- 5,000 consecutive safe flights), now with approximately 12,426 flights. He is also one of the few P-5 Master rated Pilots, the highest paragliding rating available. If you're interested in paramotoring, Chad is your guy. He has been building and teaching paramotoring for many years. Chad holds a commercial pilot rating as well as his numerous accomplishments in paragliding.

Bob Peloquin
Bob has been paragliding since 2002 and he quickly found his other activities were gathering dust. He is exceptionally analytical and has been able to safely guide many students through the trials of their first mountain flights. He holds an Advanced Instructor rating, teaches paramotoring, and is the designer of the best paragliding simulator in the US.

Irene Revenko
Irene started flying in 1993 in France and came to Fly Above All in 2002 as a Basic Instructor. In 2004 she earned her Advanced Instructor rating. Because of her early experience in the birthplace of paragliding she has a unique perspective on how the sport has progressed and how old teaching styles can be changed to make it safer. In 2001 she was a nationally ranked pilot and finished 3rd in the womens division at the Chelan, Wa Nationals.

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