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How to Prepare & Take Off on Strong Wind

Know how to prepare for paragliding and take off in strong winds from the expert pilots of DreamAdventures. Read more...

Are you ready to experience the thrill of free flight? At DreamAdventures, we are here to guide you through the world of paragliding and help you have the best flying experience possible. In this article, we'll provide you with some valuable tips on how to prepare your kit on a windy hill. Getting Your Kit Ready on a Windy Hill When the wind starts to pick up on the hill, it can be challenging to get your glider out and everything ready. However, with a few simple tips, you can make a significant difference. Let's dive in! Tip 1: Utilize Topography for Wind Protection One effective strategy is to make use of the hill's topography. When the wind is blowing directly into the hill, find a little dip where the wind is blowing over the top of the glider. By placing the glider in this position, you prevent it from continuously inflating and trying to fly off.

This setup allows you to connect the glider to the harness safely. Tip 2: Sideways Placement for Easy Inspection To prevent your glider from blowing away, lay it out sideways to the wind. This way, you can check if the lines are correctly laid out before connecting the glider to the harness. Start by laying the glider out from a mushroom shape and turning it sideways.

Ensure that the leading edge is slightly open so that you can see the A's on top. Clear the lines, beginning with the rear lines, followed by the middle and the top lines.

Connecting the Riser and Ensuring Safety With the glider prepared, it's time to focus on connecting the riser to the harness. Locate the carabiner and make sure it's turned in the correct direction. Then, clip the riser onto it securely. Don't forget to check your speed system to ensure it is connected properly, especially when it's windy.

You can use inexpensive throttle covers to protect and keep the speed system in place. Preparing for Launch on the In-to-Wind Side Launching on the in-to-wind side can be slightly trickier because you can't inflate the glider fully. However, you can open it slightly to ensure it's positioned correctly. Follow the A lines up to confirm they are on top. Take your time with this step to avoid any mistakes.

It's crucial to double-check all the lines before launching as part of your pre-flight checks. Again, slip on your throttle cover for added safety. Opening the Glider with Caution Now that your wing is ready, it's time to open it up. Carefully open it just enough, ensuring that the downwind wingtip is slightly open. This allows for a smooth launch. Be cautious not to twist the glider or let any part of the wingtip go through a line.

A tangled glider can be a nightmare to sort out and may even cause damage. Take your time and be thorough in opening the glider. Taking Your Time for Safety While you may be eager to take to the skies, it's essential to prioritize safety. Spend the necessary time to ensure everything is properly prepared and sorted. Rushing through the process can lead to problems during launch. Remember, it's better to be patient and thorough than to encounter issues mid-air. Conclusion Preparing your kit on a windy hill can seem challenging, but with the right techniques and attention to detail, it becomes manageable. By utilizing topography, laying out the glider sideways, connecting the riser securely, and carefully opening the glider, you can ensure a safe and successful launch.

Remember to take your time and prioritize safety every step of the way. Now, clip in, get ready, and enjoy an exhilarating paragliding experience!

FAQs 1. How can I protect my glider from the wind on a windy hill? - Make use of topography by placing the glider in a dip where the wind is blowing over the top of it. 2. How should I lay out the glider on a windy hill? - Lay the glider out sideways to the wind, ensuring the leading edge is slightly open. 3. What should I check before launching? - Double-check all the lines and make sure the A's are on top and control lines on the bottom. 4. Why is it important to take your time when preparing your kit? - Rushing can lead to mistakes and potential problems during launch. 5. Are there any additional safety measures I should take? - Use throttle covers to protect the speed system and prevent any unexpected disconnections. Remember to always prioritize safety and enjoy your paragliding adventures!

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