John Gallagher – paragliding words of flying wisdom
March 23, 2021
- Don't fly on the earth's surface – you will usually just land there
- Days don't always improve in the PM
- Don't fly just because you came to fly if conditions are questionable
- Just because flying is occuring or has, it doesn't mean it's good conditions
- If bad weather is on the horizon and you are in the air, GO LAND
- If you get caught in a big wind, fight the long battle and try to hold ground or make progress forward. Even if you are losing ground, you are moving forward.
Ready to launch
- A and B wings are more difficult to launch and they are slower
- U shape the wing so tips delay launching
- Pull the (2) center A lines
- Stay square to the glider
- Crouch down and put your weight on the harness before inflating the wing
- Pull wing up slowly in stronger winds – this gives you more time
- Move from crouch to standing up to depower the glider
- HANDS UP!
- NO tippy-toes walking around, tell the wind what to do!
- Stabilze the wing before launching
- Lean forward on your straps, get off the brakes, crouch down and run flat footed (helps keep traction on the ground)
- Do you have emergency procedures in place if things start to go wrong?
- Flight plan?
- Get out front pronto!
- Check and monitor airspeed
- Be ready to give others hand signals, as needed
Flying in the mountains
- Winds – what's the trend? Get a full picture of what is going on in the region
- Get down FAST, as needed
- Use speedbar, practice getting places FAST
- Stay balanced in your harness at all times
- OUDI – can greatly assist in thermalling
- Getting blown back? Keep the wing above you, be ready to throw your reserve