Paragliding Safety: getting down with B3/C3


hey this morning I’m also going to talk
about the c3 technique. b3, c3, swept wing tips, tip stalls … various names. nothing’s
really settled in yet because not that many pilots know about this technique. it
doesn’t work on all gliders it’s ideal for the high aspect ratio wings but it
depends on the rigging on your glider. so it’s a good idea to test this on the
ground first to make sure that your wing does it and to make absolutely sure that
you are confident you know what lines you’re pulling. don’t just go up there
and start pulling random lines on the glider but I’ll show you how I do it on
my glider and we’ll do a bit of a comparison and see if it’s better or
worse than big-ears. it depends on the wing. let’s find out! okay so C 3s, when would I use them? well same situation as when you’d be using big
ears you want your descent to increase but you’re still wanting to
maintain your forward speed so very similar. similar entry I would recommend
being at trim speed making sure that your wing is directly overhead and not
pitching. you reach up for the outer C3 line make sure it’s a C3 line and I
would recommend checking this on the ground first, so simulate this maneuver often on the ground and when you’re totally
comfortable with it then you do it in the air. it’s gonna have a lot of
pressure you’ve got to need gloves the outer c3 line is usually pretty highly
pressured when you put it in so it’s more pressure than the big ears. you
need to pull it down until the glider has broken properly. the wing will
start pulling back and what you’re doing is you’re inducing a kind of like a
B line stall the way that you see that on the wing, it’s on that c3 it might be
a b3 depending on your rigging and you’re trying to get that stall to blow
back in the wind and then it’ll be lined up directly with the wind, there will be low drag
and you can hold it in keep it steady you don’t need to pull any more than
that. you can still weight shift you can still
use your speed bar at that point and it keeps it nice and steady. the big
advantage of the C3 is when you let it go it smacks open straight away there’s
none of this big ear sticking or needing to pump it out and it’s why I use it on
the Omega XALPS 3 because on the big ears one in five or six the
break line likes to hook on the trailing edge a little bit and it makes it
difficult to clear so for less fuss I use the C 3s and then when I release
I know the wing is gonna smack out straight away. cool let’s take it to the
air and I’ll show you. So here we are cruising around. A good opportunity to explain the B3’s Not all wings can do this but a lot of
the modern wings particularly the high aspect ratio ones it’s possible on some
of our setups to do the b3 instead of the big ears using the line that’s
attached to the outermost B tabs not the one that’s on the stabilo. so you
come in from the stabilo here on your B and you’re pulling that one in, same way
that you pull in the big ears line you gotta keep holding it on you can also use
your speed bar after you’ve applied it to keep a good angle of attack. It gives you about the same descent rate as big ears but less flappy much easier to reinflate
and overall cleaner Looking at my lines here, that is my big ears line, my outer A line, I pull it down you can see a little flappy big ears … getting stable now … I release it … fills out by itself My B3 line … it’s not this one, that’s the stabilo used for clearing cravats … it’s
this one, just inside of that, so that one. Let’s have a look at the wing. I’ll do it on
both sides to keep it symmetric, watch the wing pull there and then swept wing
tips beautiful really stable really neat to release you ease up on the lines and out they come you can use either, whichever ones work
for you. reach up get my B 3s, pull them in and now
I’m going onto half bar just to give me a little bit better angle of attack.
nice and stable. I’ve got the bigger descent rate than everybody else. I’ve got good forward speed. and when I’ve had enough of that I can just release that, I can actually even stay on the bar okay but your mileage may vary
you probably don’t want to do this low for your first time make sure you get
lots of height and make sure that you’ve got a wing that’s suitable for b3s.
ask your instructor. Don’t just take my word for it. you need to check this is the
Sigma 10, I can confirm it’s great.

23 thoughts on “Paragliding Safety: getting down with B3/C3

  1. Most pilots are better off with standard big ears https://youtu.be/NMliNfmrDYg – but some wings really benefit from B3/C3

  2. Dude, i really like your videos. As a cologne/german citizen, who is looking forward to learn paragliding and getting all needed licenses, i do gain some english language skills on top and learning even some technical serious stuff. Glad to have you here on YT o_O

  3. Its the technique recommended for the Ikuma & easier due to the unsheathed lines (The outer B has webbing to pull it in) but please have lots of height when trying this as the decent rate is higher than for normal big ears !

  4. Can you please make a video about risk management?
    I just read the story of Stewart Midwinter which made me very sceptic:
    https://xcmag.com/magazine-articles/stewarts-story-living-life-injury/

  5. hello Flybubble, nice video, thanks. I don't understand why you speak about C3 ? with a 4 liners, 3 liners, 2 liners we are speaking about B3 (not C3) . And A2 , A3, A4 for big ears (depends of gliger) .Perhaps i had not a good understanding of your message .cheers.j矇r繫me

  6. NEver heard about thi technique. Do you prefer this instead of big ears? (BTW Do you distinct between "ears" and "Big ears"?

  7. Hi Gregg. I see you bring your hands together like your encouraging the tips to bend in unlike big ears, is this action habit or mandatory. Great video .

  8. You guys are awesome! Do you know if this will work on the ion 5 (3 liner)? My big ears stick and i would surely prefer this technique, Thanks, cheers!

  9. Hi Greg… anyone tried an adaptation of this on the Maestro? I've done some groundling with mine but not had a chance to try it in the air… Nancy or Carlos? cheers!

  10. Doesn't work on the advance Xi as it only has B2 and C2.
    Stabilo line is not a B3 and won't make the tip collapse

  11. I tried doing B3 tip stalls on my Omega Xalps 3 while on holiday in Tenerife, WOW, so easy compared to big ears, take less effort to pull in and pop straight out with no brake line tangles. Definitely my preferred method now!

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