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 15: Advanced Ground Handling

Jan 15, 2007 | Section III Mastering the Sport

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

It's 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.

A 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 enjoyable.

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.

Here's a video of what's possible.


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