Returning to the ground in a paraglider is not complex. The primary factors involved are airspeed energy and timing the pull of the brakes to match the energy dissipation. The below article describes a system that I developed to simplify the conversion of technical understanding to feel during the flare. When you first begin landing, the feel will not have experience, so using the two stages based on height will help you develop the feel that will take you past the analytical side of landing. With all aspects of paragliding, feel and light touch are better than stiff controlled movements that happen when you have to think about all the factors.
I teach a two stage flare that I call the 7 – 5 – 3 technique.
In all of the following discussions, the height is estimated from the feet to the ground. So, 7 feet is when your feet are 7 feet above the ground etc.
7 - Represents the minimum height in feet, that the feet are above ground, when you begin the initial pull of the brakes. Although I use 7 feet in the description, the beginning of ……
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