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 24: Weather & Wind

Jan 15, 2007 | Section V: Choosing Gear | Rotor  |  Clouds 101  | Thermal Triggers

You don't have to be a meteorologist to manage a useful understanding of weather. Grasping micrometeorology, however, is quite helpful. That is our focus. Chapter 7 covered the basics of acquiring weather and what to look for while this gets more into the meat of the matter. Even so it scratches the surface of what entire books are written about. We concentrate on what is most useful specifically for pilots of the world's lightest powered aircraft.

Some detail is included here that may be of interest to free flyers who require rising air to stay aloft. That is an entire pursuit of its own supported nicely by the USHPA.

The dust devil pictured right is a sure sign of tumultuous air. It is common for soaring pilots to fly in conditions that generate these but also incredibly dangerous.

2015 Jeff Goin   Remember: If there's air there, it should be flown in!