66 thoughts on “Paraglider Control: Strong Wind Launching (Simple Depower)

  1. great greg. its interesting that the difference between a good and bad strong wind launch is quite subtle . I have a couple of questions but will ask them next time i see you if you dont mind

  2. Agreed: the differences between good and poor launch technique can be subtle i.e. correct timing and small movements. You can get often away with poor technique in moderate wind, less often so in strong wind – and usually with far worse consequences!

  3. I really like your videos. They are truly helpful. I would like to see a tutorial of a cobra lounch if it's possible 🙂

  4. I've always used this launch technique after hours and hours of playing with the wing at the park. Always best the keep it simple and it hasn't failed me yet.

  5. No as I mentioned to you before Nick, that's not recommended, because you're creating an explosive pullup by leaning hard back, which you have to kill with the c+d, which causes an aggressive stall. The whole point of this video is to do the opposite, moving first towards the wing to reduce the airspeed and bite.

  6. Great video (as always), musical taste needs more work though ! 🙂
    The clever thing is that everything seems like obvious common sense when you think about it – which actually it really is! Thanks.

  7. Thanks Mark – send me a source for creative commons music better than ccmixter+soundcloud and you'll get better music! We don't use copyrighted material. Getting the 'right' music can take hours, I'd rather make another video for you…

  8. Hi Greg, yes keep making the videos cos they're great! Its a bit like Strictly judging in that the quality of the videos is so good we just have to be picky about minor stuff !! 🙂 There's plenty music options there…plus for really easy access you can also use youtube audiolibrary which is also searchable by video duration (although not as much choice)

  9. Nice video, but I prefer to demonstrate control over the wing BEFORE turning around.   Turning around simply because the wing is reaching the apex leaves room for error, especially on a launch with limited space.

    Demonstrating dominance and control of the wing with A and C/D risers before turning is much safer in my opinion.  Also, if you sit down hard in the harness and stand up as the wing is rising, you won't have to run so far.  Good for small launches.

  10. Why do you have this awful music playing. This is NOT a Disco, this is an instructional video on paragliding.

  11. I'm trying to improve my technique of launching in 25-30 km/h winds; your video is nice but could you show us the A/C technique as well ? I like your video, but for a beginner like me, the differences are toos subtle – (maybe a camera on your helmet so that we could see your hands working ?). Anyway I understood that we have to gently walk (or "run") towards the glider to kill its strength…). 

  12. So let me share with you a nice method: The conditions were like this: wind between 7 and 9 m/s and changing direction all the time. The guy before me struggled for about 10 minutes with his wing before he finally got in the air.

    I layed out a neatly organised fieldpack with only the inner 4 cells opened. I got at the right distance, pulled on the a-risers, those 4 cells got enough lift to pull up the whole wing and only when it was completely above me the wing inflated and I had a perfectly stable wing over my head, I turned around and took of. Whole procedure: about 30 seconds.

  13. Yeah…. cause You're on flat ground… On a slope you SHOULD let the glider take You up, backwards! Sounds crazy? Being backwards you see the glider all the time. Once in the air You don't need to worry what's behind… only air. Most important, when in air, the straps turn You by themselves…. try it. I am 62 (flying over 25 years, and alway do that in strong wind….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pURChybjO0
    … say hello to Lauren Martins…

  14. first of all!! musical taste is veery personal!!! i liked it, realy!!! nive video.. gratz
    but i prefere A-D (inmy case with astral 6) take off!!! in my site the condition use to be strong…

  15. Desculpe falar em Português (Brasil), mas agradeço pela aula. Comecei a fazer da maneira que foi explicada e nunca mais tive problemas. Excelentes dicas. Obrigado.

    Google translator, hehehehe

    Sorry speak in Portuguese (Brazil), but thank you for the lesson. I started doing the way it was explained and never had problems. Great tips. Thank you.

  16. would be nice if you showed how to layout the wing and check the lines in windy conditions when the wing just starts flapping around.

  17. well we "old men" find that electro/syntho/mechanico/fakeo, sounding noise to be JARRING. thats the sound we hear in our heads while being nagged to death by a pernicious blatherskite. like so much cheap entertainment nowadays, that noise is ment to shock a simpleminded dolt into engagement through morbid curiosity. a cheap attempt at sounding substantial. like so much roadkill, a cretin will be forced to look at it even though it is objectionable. Nom say'n

  18. I normally love these videos but good god, I couldn't even make it halfway through this one. Please don't put dial-up tones in your videos anymore.

  19. I have also tried bringing the wing up in a big ears configuration. Which was effective but I'm not sure if there is any hidden risk with this method.

  20. hmmm, wrapping the brake could produce a lot of lift when the wing comes up. A+C ist better. you can also just pull the inner "A"s or even bring the wing up with ears to reduce the lift in strong conditions.

  21. This is the real solution. I have been flying for 20 years and this is great. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zbvh45_K26M

  22. Helpful video, but I canceled after 15 sec, because of the terrible music. It's a shame, because I think the video is good. !!

  23. how `bout snake-like technic? As for me, it is better than what you advise here, perhaps may seem to be bit more difficult though

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