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In Flight Process

After takeoff fly straight clear of the terrain easing up your hands to gain airspeed,  go far from the hill before sitting.  After your inflight checks  your take off procedure is finished and it is time to start your In flight process.  Whatever happened during your takeoff put it out of your mind and analysis it later.  Otherwise a bad takeoff can disturb your whole flight. 

You should allow the wing to glide forward keeping contact with the wing through the brakes.  You should lean back, relax  and feel suppported by your harness.  Use weight shift first for course correction.   You can put your hands through the brake handles and let your arms hang loose that way you feel what is happening to the wing.

Follow your flight plan keeping clear of the terrain and of other people. 

Safe brake range - Above the karabiners is for Driving, below the karabiners is for Danger as you have a risk of too slow an airspeed and too high angle of attack and the wing can stall or spin. 

Fully hands up is best speed, a little bit of break pressure gives your best glide angle and down at the karabiners is your minimum sink.

For best speed to fly if you are in lifting air you can slow down a bit, in sinking air speed up.


A paraglider has 3 axes Pitch, roll and yaw.   The pilot is a pendulum under the wing.  Your weight brings the glider back to stability. Turbulence, your movement and strong brake control movements have an effect to de-stablise your wing.  Learning to turn smoothly and efficiently in the pitch and roll axis is the art of becoming a paraglider pilot.

 

If ever you don't know what is going on with your wing put your hands fully up and let it fly, it is designed to recover without brake input so an incorrect or an overreaction can stop it recovering. Tuck your legs in and sit still as your weight has an effect. Look where you want to go.

Turning

Look Lean Turn

Altitude assessment.  Constantly monitor your height and have a predefined cut off that once you reach that height you go for landing.  You must always stay within range of a safe landing option.

 

If you find anything is wrong when you do your in flight check then don't over react. If you are being pulled to one side due to tangled lines, cravat or an assymetric collapse. Keep a safe course by looking forward to one fixed point  and using maximum weightshift on the opposite side of the problem.  Minimum brake input - look where you want to go .  Remember to release the opposite brake in case it is you who is turning.  Once you have established a safe course then you can try and fix the problem.