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

American Slalom

Variation of Internationally flown Japanese Slalom

In competition, the Japanese Slalom is great for smaller areas, or when it's too windy for a cloverleaf. But it still takes lots of space because the first turn, a 180, is towards the spectators.

So I've proposed a simple change to reduce the space needed. Instead of turning away from stick 4, turns are towards it (see diagram). Organizers must already protect 50 meters out to stick 4, so this is a better use of their space. The only drawback is for pilots who have learned it already now must relearn it. Me, for example. But there's probably only a dozen people in the U.S. that have flown this task a lot since we try to do cloverleafs whenever possible.

If this is approved then we'll probably use it at the Paratoys Competition (Feb 2012) if we don't do a cloverleaf. Another nice thing about this is that you set it up and forget it because the pilots would just reverse the course if needed for wind. Just remember that, when done properly, each turn at stick three is always towards stick four.

Trying It Out

While at Pine Island airport, while flying with Paul Czarnecki and company, I tried it out. Thanks Don for helping set it up. I taped the diagram to my leg and did take a couple runs to get it right but then I flew it a few times down low and it worked brilliantly. I first flew it up high (students were launching anyway) to get the gist then came down and tried it normally. I was flying my Pluto 18 which is moderately fast because of its small size. Those who are heavier loaded yet (and a lot are!) will need to be pretty steep to be competitive, but that's no different than the regular slalom.

Organizers might want to make the spectator area off limits -- in other words, if you fly over a protected spectator area, your points are zeroed. Besides being illegal, it's just so dangerous to do so. And in this task, there's no need. If you're flying over the spectator area you've planned very poorly.

One thing to note: at the asterisk, it doesn't matter which side of stick two you go on. That helps prevent turning so steep as to need heading for the spectator area.

See other competition related information from Chapter 20.

See even more competition related stuff (events, records, news).

A version of the FAI's Japanese Slalom that requires less room. It's scored exactly like the FAI version just the directions are changed.

It can be flown as a mirror image so, if the wind changes, the course doesn't need to be reset.


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