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 7: Weather Basics

June 27, 2007 | Section II | Flight Service | Handling Paraglider Collapses

You don't need to be a meteorologist to command a useful understanding of weather. But a basic understanding is critical to you long term enjoyment, even survival, as a powered paraglider pilot. This Chapter covers how you can use information that's readily available, including your basic observations, to determine whether flight will be fun or fearful.

Our craft is among the slowest and most susceptible to small changes in weather. Staying clear of fronts, large forecast wind shifts, convective activity, rotors and thermals will spare much grief. This information is dedicated to that end.

Mid-day flying

If you're ever tempted to take on mid-day flying consider what these two pilots experienced in the video below. It grants appreciation of Mother Nature's forces at play and how they don't always play nice.

Fly within the first couple and last couple hours of the day when winds are light to avoid most of this risk.

A dust devil, spawned by the day's thermal activity, came up the hill. This shows why even being hooked into a paraglider during mid-day turbulence increases risk. These same phenomena occur in non-dusty places, you just can't see them as well or at all.


by Eve Clarke


Cumulonimbus clouds beget natures most violent convulsions. Treat them like hungry lions, stay well away from their very wide striking range.

© 2016 Jeff Goin & Tim Kaiser   Remember: If there's air there, it should be flown in!