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 19: Risk & Emergencies

Jan 15, 2007 | Section III Mastering The Sport | Incidents & Analysis | Prop Safety  | Reserve Parachutes

Chap 19: Spot Landing Risks  Stretching Glide  Stretching Glide II  Deep Stall / Parachutal  When Ship Hits the Fan  Wing Collapses  fury of a dust devil

Risk is unavoidable—we trade of risk for fun. How much risk depends on what we need to do for fun. Boating around up high in the calm edges of daylight has proven to involve minimal risk. But even then there you'll eventually encounter surprises. This chapter aims to show were the real risk in paramotoring comes from and helps you cope with the unexpected.

Misunderstandings persist, even among some instructors, as to what is likely to cause grief. For example, training is a particularly dangerous part of a pilots learning curve. Choose an in instructor as directed in Chapter 1— make sure they use a thorough syllabus (USPPA/USUA or equivalent), pay close attention and rehearse with intensity.

This chapter points out the dark corners, how to avoid them and, where possible, how they can be minimized or recovered from. If you haven't seen Risk and Reward do so, preferably with your instructor

Some things that look crazy really aren't and some seemingly benign stunts are really asking for it. Hopefully these contents will help sort out the difference. Not all the nuances can be covered in this material or the book and an good instructor can help make the difference. 


Chapter 4 covers some basic emergencies and while this chapter goes into detail as well as adding many situational emergencies—those where you have time to think about it. But all articles referencing emergencies will be referenced here.

Note that a simple wing collapse is hardly an emergency. Most go by barely noticed by the pilot. So although you'll see articles here, they're rarely worthy of the term emergency.

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