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

--- Not in book ---

33 Organizing Fly-Ins

34 Places To Fly

35 Preserving the Sport

36 Tandem

Chapter 5: The Flight

Nov 18, 2014 | Section I

Crosswind launch  Nailing Every Landing  Analyzing the Forward Launch  Analyzing the Reverse Launch  The Bump Scale

Time to fly.

That first flight will certainly be memorable one. But for the properly prepared student it will be a good memory. Otherwise it could be a disaster.

There are several important things that a new pilot should know both in his and by automatic reaction. Aviators who teach others to become aviators long ago realized the importance of rehearsal so the necessary reactions to a few possible diversions from the norm happen with little thought. A good instructor will make sure his charges are so equipped.

See also Handling Paraglider Collapses.

Brian Thivierge caught a no-power forward and includes in it this GIF. Although this is generally a bit more difficult than powered forwards, it has some benefit, especially with flexible caged machines.

This animated GIF shows consecutive frames of a forward launch.



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