Hello. Today’s episode will be quite unusual. We will go over basic rules concerning paragliders Piloting, and situations that are better to avoid. And a few rules that I stick with to increase your safety while flying. come watch I would like you emphasise, that advices and suggestions described by me are not guide lines of any sort, and opinions in this material are my personal thoughts. Come have a look. Apps The very first app we will have a look at is Meteo Blue I won’t be getting into a detailed instructions, but I will show you how I check it. So I’ve chosen Szczyrk 🙂 Today is Monday OK, so we have the weather. Let’s say it’s noon On the left we have air temperature Sun and cloud icon doesn’t require explanation, feels like 24* Wind direction – N On the right probability on rain in percent and on the right here, so called rain spot which shows us rainfall in 15km radius And from that we could say at noon it all looks good 1-2m/s northerly wind We could go fly in Skrzczyne This is one of Apps I use, however I always check another one I click on windy I already have Szczyrk marked let’s change wind to above the ground And at noon, Monday we have similar readings It shows N Below we have colours – m/s From 0 – 30m/s as we can see above here 2-3m/s, gusts 8.2 Now what’s very important, we choose wind on the right side, this little circle and Skrzyczne is at around 1300m So we set the altitude at around 1500m let’s say and as we can see wind speed 2.4 m/s and West And this is very important parameter which we are interested in because it might turn out when we get to the top, the wind direction is not so sweet the wind speed is fine, good for launch, unfortunately the wind direction won’t allow for take off Let’s change it to 2000m and as we can see at 2000m wind direction is pure west almost exactly West, and wind speed 6.5m/s At this altitude 6.5m/s is quite cool and from Szczyrk we can do some distance going East That would be all folks There’s no point to elaborate on apps and how to use them maybe I’ll do special episode on it Thunder storms Storm clouds are nasty things and they can mess up whole fun and cause some manheim Stay well away from those Personally I don’t fly the day where storms are in forecast Even if the storms are expected in the evening and I would like to fly around noon That’s my rule, and that’s it. Rain fall I don’t think that needs much of an explanation It’s worth to check whether it will rain or not. If it rains – we don’t fly. End of story. Conditions flyable Decent take off conditions to 2-4m/s 5-7m/s is still possible but you need to be bale control your wing Personally if the forecast says it will blow 9m/s I stay at home I’m flying for fun not to get stressed If in the forecast I can see big difference between prevailing wind and gusts for example: prevailing wind 2m/s and in gust 8-10m/s I don’t fly Because quite often this gust comes in less expected moment. I let it go that day. For beginning pilots its worth to get a wind meter. You can get one online or in para shops It’s worth to get this little device, have a sit on the slope and analyse the conditions Of course its possible to take off with zero wind We can come across situation where the wind is minimal The classic take off skills will be required I had a long period of time where I didn’t launch classic way at all normally it was reversed launch, and one time I was forced in Tatry to launch classic way and unfortunately I didn’t notice the lined being tangled So I launched with a knot We should check what wind directions are suitable for the take off we are planning to go for We should also plan our fly route. because flying with the wind is nice and easy, but going back might be a different story It all depends on the wind direction at different altitude Launch Pre-Launch check is the most important thing, before we even think of taking off Check all the risers, reserve handle, speed bar and so on… Pre-launch check is already widely covered online so I wont be really getting in the details. So Pre-launch check is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. We can check the reserve handle for our flying mates. If we have a flying buddy its worth to glance at least at each others reserve handles. Have a look if it doesn’t snag or get pulled by something by accident and before take off reach for it a few times to get a muscle memory of that movement. I repeat that quite often, when I’m already buckled up I reach for it, try to find blind first time, in my harness I have it at hip height If we come out from the harness to grab water or something and we only undid one side of it for whatever reason we should absolutely do one more complete pre-flight check It doesn’t matter we only undid one or two clips Take off Often take offs are just a slope clearings in the forest The narrower that clearing the more rotor you can expect and if there’s a slight side wind… …good luck my friends… rotors are ugly dicks that want to get your spine Flight When we eventually take off and let’s say we have a thermic right away consider if you want to start 360 it right away I was a witness of a situation where pilot immediately after start began to 360 a thermal the wind was so strong that with the first turn he got blown over to lee side after a few collapses it ended up in tears so it’s worth to give yourself some distance and maybe come back to that thermal, pay attention if no one took of directly after us and most important, when we take off before we feel the wind make sure there’s no one above us or in a path of our take off How to search for thermals the most important is shape of the terrain West faces will warm up later than the East ones In flatlands we look for the contrasts its like a car – if you have a black on – I don’t envy you in the summer The darker the ground the more chances for thermal Once in the air It’s very important how we thermal with the others maybe we are joining the thermal, or we are the first one in it so if we started turning to right – stick with it. Because if someone would like to join he will be turning in the same direction I don’t like crowds. I do my altitude and get the heck out, look for something different It’s important when you join the thermic, turn in the same direction as the others Hiper important now the lee side – avoid it like mother in law. there’s no atheist in the lee side. Landing while flying you should always have potential landing in sight It’s a golden rule. If you’re not sure if you gonna make it to landing, better find some alternative and sharpish Remember to keep in sight some friendly flat spot If we are low above the trees… …pray for a clearing Wires… If you see a flat landing suitable for you, make sure there’s no wires those bitches are particularly annoying because looking at them from the ground up – we can see them easily But looking at them from the top, with a grass or what not as a background, we can’t often see them If you found a landing place. Focus and double check for poles if so check witch direction they’re going If you can see the posts but not he wires check their path and you will get general idea because as I said, often we cant see them from above. It’s easier to see the poles During the landing approach – remember if you were flying for an hour or so, the wind might have changed So check it before you commit Check the trees, chimneys, smoke, any other signals Any other signs of wind direction Because it could be totally different than when we were taking off If you have GPS, or Vario you can more or less check your speed in different directions and from that get a general wind direction Extras Here I would like to mention two things ground handling and wing manual It’s another aspect which is often ignored Gert to know it – all of it After first couple of flights read it again I’m sure you will pick up things you didn’t notice before Repeta the proces minimum 3 times Trust me. I know what I’m talking about I’m sure after reading the manual one more time you will notice things that you missed before. As for the ground handling – as good friend, Jarek Borowiec, of mine says If you do 100 hours in the air to the same amount on the ground On the ground you can learn wing behavior, his reactions, all other little details It’s a lot of fun and it helps to understand the wing – you best mate during XC where its not worth to fight with it My favorite game is to take bottle of water and throw it in front of me. Without using hands I try to steer with my shoulders, and walking in desired direction I play with my wing To get a better feel for it and so I get to my bottle. Pick it up and throw it elsewhere Maybe I look like an idiot, but a happy one Thank you all for sticking around I hope my advices will help you somehow in analysing your flying I am not a turbo pilot I keep on repeating that in pretty much every film, im not extremely experienced pilot, but I wanted to share my thoughts on the subject Thank you all very much. Have a nice day…evening… Ciao!