Launching, Kiting and Preflight

LEARNING WINGLISH – A fun story imparting how to feel you wing. Feel of the wing is translated to the word Winglish.
LIFTING THE WING – For A  Brake launches, how to use the hands to help the paraglider ascend, overhead, to a centered position.
KITING A PARAGLIDER – Detailed instructions on kiting methods.  3 videos to help you get there.   This is the most important article to read and watch videos from before a kiting lesson
5 KEYS TO KITING – Although it seems like 1000 + things to do for kiting, there are just 5 things that combine to make kiting good.
A/C LAUNCH METHOD – Safety and quick aborts, less “launched” (popped into the air)  launches and more benefits from the A/C launch method.
REVERSE CONNECTION – Reverse connection to a paraglider needs  a repeatable system and checks for proper connection. This is a system.
FORWARD LAUNCHES – The easiest launch method for forward launches of a paraglider.
TORPEDO LAUNCH– Used for the running and incorporated into basic forward launches, this position helps pilots launch with power and speed.
PREFLIGHT YOUR PARAGLIDER – How to inspect your paraglider and ensure it is airworthy prior to flying.
ACCORDION FOLDING – Folding accordion style and placing into a sausage or concertina bag is both better for the wing and more space efficient.   Detailed technique with a nice video detailing.
ACCORDION FOLDING FROM ROSETTEAfter landing, go direct from a rosetted wing to packing in a sausage or concertina bag using accordion packing method.   Here is a video that shows you how to pack straight from a rosette.
PITCH CONTROL AND ABORTS WHEN LAUNCHING –  How to keep the wing in the stable zone (not too far back or forward) during launches.   Also, when and how to quickly abort when things make this a priority.

Informational Articles

ACTIVE FLYING – Keeping the wing from getting too far to the side, too far forward, or back is the goal of active flying.   That and reacting correctly is the goal of active flying.
SPEED TO FLY BASICS – The adjustments to a Paraglider’s speed in relation to wind, lift and sink.
SAFETY PRIORITIES – Prioritizing Safety involves keeping your goals towards making it safe on every flight. This article helps you learn how to achieve this.
LIGHT WIND RIDGE SOARING TIPS – Soaring a ridge or cliff in light winds requires speed variations at the correct times.  This article describes techniques to maximize your chances of staying up or getting higher in light conditions.
BASICS OF THERMAL FLYING – Safety and quick aborts, less launched launches and more are the benefits of the A/C launch method.
P2  TASKS TO COMPLETE – A list of tasks and basic description of each.   Read this after you have started to do some basic tasks and this will help you prepare.
PURCHASING GEAR – Brands and how to plan for a gear package from Airtime of San Francisco.
CRITICAL FLYING SITUATIONS – A list of tasks and basic description of each.   Read this after you have started to do some basic tasks and this will help you prepare.
BIG EARS – Big Ears is a system used to increase your descent rate by folding in the outer part of your leading edge.   This article with video show you how to do this.

Technical and General Info

AERODYNAMICS + VIDEO – A ground school recording, topic is Aerodynamics
AIRSPACE – Learn about how to know where you can and cannot fly in the USA with regard to FAA, Part 103 regulations for Ultralight craft (Paragliders are Ultralight crafts)
AIRSPEED vs GROUNDSPEED – Article about how wind changes ground speed and tracking vectors.
COASTAL WIND SHEAR PATTERNS – Article about awareness of Wind Shears near the coast.
USHPA RATING SYSTEM – What tasks and skills need to be done to earn each of the P1 – P4 ratings.
AIRFOIL THEORY – Learn how airfoils work, how lift is created, what airspeed and groundspeed are and about angle of attack.
READING WINDSOCKS – How to gauge wind speed from calibrated windsocks.
AVOIDING BLOWBACK – Learn how to deal with strong winds and how to avoid getting blown backwards when encountering very strong winds.
WING SIZING DISCUSSION – How to properly size your wing.   This article helps you adjust for being a larger or smaller pilot and has adjustments that will help you get the correct sized wing.

Landing and Approach Articles

DOWNWIND, BASE & FINAL APPROACHES – Downwind, Base and Final approach is a great approach system for Paraglider pilots.  Here is a video showing several approaches using either of these systems.
DOWNWIND, BASE & FINAL APPROACHES – Downwind, Base and Final approach is a great approach system for Paraglider pilots.  Here is a video showing several approaches using either of these systems.
FIGURE 8 LANDING APPROACHES – Using figure 8s to stay back till the right altitude for final approach is a common landing approach for paragliders.
FLARE TIMING – Flare timing using the Airtime System called 7-5-3.   This system will make landings easier and safer for your flights.
RIGHT OF WAY RULES – Basics Right of Way for Paragliders.
LIGHT WIND RIDGE SOARING TIPS – Soaring a ridge or cliff in light winds requires speed variations at the correct times.  This article describes techniques to maximize your chances of staying up or getting higher in light conditions.
RIGHT OF WAY ADDENDUM – Article I published in USHPA magazine going beyond the right of way rules.

Study Guides

P2 Exam Study Guide – Get ready to take your P2 Exam.   This article helps direct you toward the right concepts to know.
P3 Exam Study Guide – Get ready to take your P3 Exam.   This article helps direct you toward the right concepts to know.
P4 Exam Study Guide – Get ready to take your P4 exam. This article helps direct you toward the right concepts to know.