Educational by Chapter of the Powered Paragliding Bible

I: First Flight

01 Training Process

02 Gearing Up

03 Handling the Wing

04 Prep For 1st Flight

05 The Flight

06 Flying With Wheels 

II: Spreading Wings

07 Weather Basics

08 The Law

09 Airspace   

10 Flying Anywhere

11 Controlled Airports

12 Setup & Mx

13 Flying Cross Country

14 Flying With Others

III: Mastery

15 Adv Ground Handling

16 Precision Flying

17 Challenging Sites

18 Advanced Maneuvers

19 Risk Management

20 Competition

21 Free Flight Transition

IV: Theory

22 Aerodynamics

23 Motor & Propeller

24 Weather & Wind

25 Roots: Our History

V: Choosing Gear

26 The Wing

27 The Motor Unit

28 Accessories

29 Home Building

VI: Getting the Most

30 Other Uses

31 Traveling With Gear

32 Photography

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33 Organizing Fly-Ins

34 Places To Fly

35 Preserving the Sport

36 Tandem

Chapter 3: Handling the Wing

Jan 15, 2007 | Section I First Flight

The greatest indicator of success in paramotoring is how well you can handle the paraglider. There is a wealth of skill that's fun to acquire on its own right, let alone how much it will improve your launch success.

Kiting the wing, the process of keeping it overhead and under control has some surprising fine points. From holding it airborne but just above the ground to touching a wingtip and bringing it back to level, you'll learn techniques and ways to practice them in a realistic environment.

This chapter and additional information is meant for you to be wearing only a kiting harness. Among the skills covered are inflating the wing in various wind conditions, turning around when appropriate, handling stronger winds and ways to depower the wing. Also included are various ways to kite without a harness.

More advanced kiting information will be included here on FootFlyer. Skills that are particular to using with a motor are covered in Chapter 4 which puts wing handling together with motoring.

Folding your glider

2012 May 5 Newer gliders with weed-wacker rib reinforcements don't like to have those reinforcements folded over so most pilots use some form of concertina fold. The book has an example of that, as does video 1, but you see plenty of videos on the subject just by putting "concertina fold" in YouTube's search bar. But there's one that I really like for its speed. If I ever get a glider that requires concertina folding, I'll probably use this fellow's method. He gets it completely packed in 3.5 minutes. Enjoy!



Adam Bell of captured this shot of Jeff Goin kiting up the Enterprise. Don't fly backwards!

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