How to Fly a Powered Para Glider : Handling Paraglider on the Ground

Welcome to Expert Village. My name is Hugh
Murphy with Surf the Sky Paragliding. In this clip, we’ll talk about ground handling and
controlling your paraglider prior to putting the motor on. I always like to instruct first
how to keep the paraglider balanced overhead as if you’re ready to launch and to bring
that to the point of muscle memory and reflex. So, when we add the weight of a motor on your
back and a spinning propeller, it’s totally instinct to control the paraglider over your
head. There are different ways to control the paraglider in a ground handling situation.
Different instructors have a couple of different techniques depending on the wind speed or
anywhere from zero for a forward launch to up to five to ten miles an hour for the reverse
launches. But the point is, be able to control your paraglider and balance it over your head
so that you can launch safely at any point you want and feel confident. One common way
is to grap the ‘A’ risers in your right hand and have the brakes in your left hand, so
that when you pull the paraglider up with the leading edge ‘A’ risers, you can balance
it with the brakes and keep it from over shooting with the brakes in your left hand. So, once
you have the paraglider balanced over your head and you’re hooked, the harness is attached
to the risers, and there’s a perfect balance, you want to turn around on that reverse, have
the break handles properly in each hand, and to have that system down from your ground
handling practice to where it’s very smooth and natural to have the proper brake handle
in each hand for your launch.

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