15: Advanced Ground Handling
Jan 15, 2007 | Section III Mastering the
Light Wind Reverse
Light Wind (Cross
surprising what can be done with these wings when you know how.
It's equally surprising how effortless a skilled kiter makes it look and
how advancement can be so vexing! This chapter and these extras provide
tips that will help show the way to improvement. Even for experienced
pilots, some of these techniques may offer fun new things to conquer.
bonus is that mastering the wing means mastering the launch. A powered paraglider is far more
about the paraglider than it is anything else and these skills
dramatically broaden the conditions you can endure. Even for those who
don't plan on flying in rowdy weather, surprises happen. Learning to
handle them in a safe environment will help cope.
Sometimes, adeptness at light-wind handling that will save the day. And
sometimes specific techniques that, once mastered, can serve as tools to
solve a particularly nettlesome launch. All will make the sport more
Sometimes, adeptness at high-wind handling can give opportunity for
learning. As long as there's nothing to get dragged through, pull your
wing out and take a try at improving your high-wind technique. Take it
in steps, though. If you've not mastered the 12 mph breeze, don't go to
the 17, master the 12 first then go to the 15. High winds can be
extremely risky, so make sure your area is wide open and you're up to
the challenge. The grass stains will be well earned.
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