34 thoughts on “Paragliding Safety: How to Avoid the Rotor

  1. Thank you. Superb explanation, and a great way of getting some good from a bad situation (I hope the victim gets better soon – good for him for sharing).  I do look forward to Flybubble videos. 

  2. ha found the perfect POV of how rotor will F u up and i would suggest throw your reserve if you dip behind the hill into rotor.  http://youtu.be/FAeapVwBuQE

  3. This often happens to inexperienced pilots.  As the wind gets stronger, most experienced pilots move forward to fly on the front edge of the lift band.  Beginners usually fail to realize the danger until they are pinned in the venturi.  They lack experience using their speedbar, and when they realize they are in danger they sometimes make a bad rash decision to try to escape.  I try to talk to the newbies in our club before they fly in strong wind ridge soaring conditions.  Telling them to move forward as the wind increases, and that if they need to use speedbar to make forward progress it is time for them to go the LZ to land.

  4. Hi, I am a beginner HG pilot and I'm wondering if there is a similar You Tube channel for HGs. The content and presentation of your video is excellent and I learnt a lot from watching this one.

  5. I flew in rotor once some years ago at about 500m over ground. A series of about 10 to 15 side wing collapses (dont know the proper word in english) were the result. Left, right, left, right and so on untill I finally have fallen through the rotor – it was the moment when I seriously considered to release my reserve. I was lucky to land safely finally. The hill provoking the rotor was about 800 m far away and I did not expect a rotor at all. Wrong assumption and a big lesson for me.

  6. it would really be awesome to have a Jeordi Laforge VISOR from Star Trek the Next Generation where one can see all wind activity!  Such as Rotors, Thermals, Waves, Updrafts, etc!

  7. This is an excellent video, I'd recommend new pilots watch as many of this type as they can find. In 1995 as an intermediate level pilot I decided to fly an untested site alone. Complacency and impaired judgment contributed to my accident. I launched in strong conditions, was unable to penetrate while standing on my speed bar, gaining altitude going backwards. Approximately 2 minutes after launch I turned downwind and flew directly into the lee side rotor suffering a 3/4 frontal collapse and pounding in from a considerable height. Massive multiple traumas resulted.
    Pay attention to the forecasts, listen to the advice of fellow pilots, and use good judgment when ridge soaring on days like this.

  8. Hmm! So you look at the terrain like it's the extrados of a wing of a plane, and you stay where the airflow is laminar and avoid the transition point and the area where the airflow gets turbulent? like in this picture? http://www. allstar.fiu.edu/aero/images/fig14.gif

  9. Wouldn't be safe to assume that newbies with slow beginner gliders simply shouldn't fly in such strong conditions? It seems like it doesn't take much to get blown away.

  10. Thanks Greg for this lesson with real life footage. Every bit relevant today as it was when this vid was posted. Hope the pilot has fully recovered.

  11. What is the right course of action after he made the wrong decision to head to the back valley? Continue straight and try to land on the secondary slope?

  12. Nice. I now this…. im a Pilot from the best spot for strong Wind in Bavaria… i think the Pilot was to scary to land on the Top… and he don't see the nice upper hill that you Land

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