Jan 15, 2007 |
Section V: Choosing Gear |
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The basic accessories are
covered in Chapter 2. This chapter fills in the blanks enough to allow for
an informed buying choice. A lot can be attached, carried or used in
conjunction with our craft but some things add more risk than utility,
either by adding distraction or by yearning for the propeller. Remember,
anything that can go through the prop, will go through the
prop. Add carefully.
A reserve parachute
is a safety accessory, like a helmet, that can save
your life. It also adds a minute amount of risk from accidental deployment
and increases your rig's weight. The additional material
here will help you make an informed choice.
Other accessories, especially
those developed since the book's publication date, will be covered in more
detail. Some items, specifically made for
powered paragliding, weren't available when the first PPG Bible was
published, but are covered thoroughly in The PPG Bible≤. New material
that comes out later will be included here.
Light Wind Indicators
2015-10-16 Windsocks and Tell Tale (very sensitive streamers,
usually) are an important part of our goodie bag. But one idea, from Tim
Kaiser, stands out for really light wind. It turns out that, during
launch, the wind up at wing height is sufficiently different from the
ground to cause problems, even if it's only 1 mph. So how to know that
A long pole and super
lightweight streamers, or a windsock designed to indicate really
light winds works. But you need to put them atop such a really long pole
which is awkward to transport.
Here's another approach:
1. $6 Mylar helium balloon
from a party store. Get a couple in case you pop one.
2. $40 small tank of helium/air mix (apparently you don't buy pure
helium easily). Before you go to the field, top off the now-faded
balloon from your tank.
Tape really lightweight streamers (VHS tape works great) to the bottom
of the balloon and tie the balloon's tail to your windsock pole. Since
accidentally letting go of the balloon during handling means its gone
forever, tie a heavy bolt to the very end of its line.
As you can see at right, it works brilliantly. You can put it up at
whatever height you'd like, too.
This is an important category
and we've done some research. Enough information has been gleaned to put
together reliable gear that can be either purchased here or pieced
together yourself using the equipment recommended
Emergency Locating Device
pilots who do cross country flying, especially in areas remote enough
not to have cell phone coverage, there is a device that could prove
life-saving. The Spot Satellite Personal Tracker can send a message to
any phone number from almost anywhere in the world.
Since it relies only on Satellites, the reliability is quite high. It
continuously monitors your GPS position and will send that information
along with any emergency contact request.
There may be other places to buy the unit, but we've been told about