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

Powered Paragliding Bible

Chapter 4: Preparing For First Flight

Jan 15, 2007 | Section I First Flight | Fuel Mixing & Units

You've learned how to handle the wing without power, now its time to add the motor. Most of these items involve everything that build up to that first flight. They are rehearsed in a simulator, preferably one that allows pulling each riser separately.


Chapter 19 covers more emergencies that involve analysis. The ones covered in Chapter 4 are those requiring some immediate, essentially automatic, action.

Remember though, the most important thing to do when something unexpected happens in flight is fly the craft! Don't do anything rash and do not just yank on those brakes. Analyze the problem long enough to carry out the correct action. About the only time an immediate action may be required is when you hear something amiss with the motor. Even then you want to think for a second before acting at a potentially inopportune time. For example, a muffler rubbing into the prop is bad but might take 5 seconds to break the prop. If you're about to run into power lines, that could be a very valuable 5 seconds of thrust.

As experience is gained and proper reactions are developed then they will become immediate. But reacting to a situation before that point almost always accentuates the outcome.

See also Handling Wing Collapses, Incidents & Analysis



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