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 18: Advanced Maneuvers

May 15, 2007 | Section III Mastering The Sport

Chap 18: Flying Small Wings   Active Piloting   Maneuvers Clinic   Maneuvers in a 2005 Spice   Incidents & Analysis

Maneuvers serve various purpose in flight. Losing altitude, changing flight path, skill enhancement, demonstration and others. The more extreme variations are risky beyond appearances and should be learned only through a special Maneuvers Course taught from an instructor experienced in them. The only practical way to do so safely is doing them over water with appropriate flotation and other precautions.

It turns out that our gliders can mis-behave wildly if sufficiently provoked.They handle what nature doles out pretty well but, with enough pilot-induced tomfoolery, you can get wrapped up in your wing. That can happen even with coaching but is less likely. Doing it over the water at least has some decent chance of being survivable.

Techniques change with technology. What you read here or in the PPG bible or even in a maneuvers clinic may become dated as knowledge and gear improves. The techniques recommended by experienced maneuvers coaches differ slightly, too. It's not a hard, cold science despite what some would lead you to believe.

Doing steep turns, intentional wing deformations or other steep maneuvering should never be just tried without first attending a maneuvers clinic. Doing so means you willingly take an enormous risk.

See also Handling Wing Collapses and Reserve Parachutes

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