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 17: Challenging Sites

May 15, 2007 | Section III Mastering The Sport
Narrow Confined Areas | Finding Legal Sites | Spot Landing Risks

The fact that we can launch from such a wide variety of sites is impressiveóa major draw to the sport. But some sites, under some conditions, and for some pilots will be impossible or dangerous to launch from. We must always make sure that our skills match the task at hand. The tools in this chapter will help you manage some of those challenges and, more importantly, recognize when to skip locations that are simply unsuitable.

One major tenet of any site you choose is that it must not require you to climb over an obstruction until you are well above it. A tree-line, for example, must be far enough away that you can take off and easily circle back around over the launch site before reaching the trees. Distances are terribly deceiving and must be walked off.

A good thing is that the launch corridor doesn't necessarily have to be wide. Obstructed sites also carry the likely risk of rotor. You may not even know about it but seeing the tops of trees wiggle is a good clue. If there's more than about a 5 mph wind up at tree-top height, the rotor could be treacherous. Not only turbulent, but sinky. Numerous crashes resulted from pilots who got into the descending portion of a rotor and couldn't climb over an obstruction they thought was far enough away. That's one reason why it's so import to never accept a site that requires the motor to continue running.

Our "out" was circling around the perimeter of the shallow pond. It was still riskier than a nice, large, flat field but we had a plan that did not require the engine to keep running.

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