How to Preflight a Paraglider

At the beginning of each flying day, you need to carefully inspect your glider and harness. In any form of flying, you never include assumptions in your checks. The checks are done to ensure your safety and ensure that the paraglider is ready for flight.

The pre-flight of the paraglider wing is not the same as a reverse harness connection preflight. Every time you launch you need to do the harness connection checks. During a training session, the wing is pre-flighted at the start of the session or when something occurs that may have damaged the paraglider.

I break down the pre-flight routine into 4 sections:

If you find anything in any of the above checks you should repair prior to flying. A slightly frayed line sheathing might not be enough to prevent you from flying or training that day, but get it fixed as soon as possible. Fabric tears, seam problems or any hardware issue should be repaired prior to flying. If any issue comes along that you are not sure of, consult your instructor or local paragliding pro.