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

Chap 15: Flying Backwards  High Wind Kiting  Light Wind Reverse  Light Wind (Cross Armed)  Crosswind Takeoff  Video of Possibilities

High Wind Paraglider Kiting & Video

2008 June 3 There's a lot you can do with a strong blow

At right: Another fun amusement in high winds: kite sliding.

During Britton Shaw's Endless Foot Drag near Fort Smith, AR, the wind blew hard. It was steady for a Midwestern howl but nasty by beach or Point of the Mountain standards. Importantly, it was steady enough to play in. And so play I did.

Thanks to John DeFranco who recorded much of it smoothly on his camera.

This was the first time I've ever "Flown" from the Enterprise (motorhome) by pushing off, climbing then relanding on it. I did that first in Mexico this past February (2008) on a wall.

The biggest risk of doing this is having the wing collapse and then falling. As long as the wing stays inflated, you can get dragged over the back and just keep kiting since the wing remains above the motorhome's roof. That happened to me at least once and I just kited around in front.

Too bad the motorhome wasn't a bit taller and longer--I could have soared it.

Besides being fun on its own right, such kiting builds useful skills that may help a pilot who is unexpectedly served up high winds.



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