Paragliding Launch Tips to Get Your Feet Off the Ground
Think twice before your feet leave the ground. The paragliding launch is vital to having a safe flight. It may sound confusing at first – after all, how does the process on ground affect your in-flight experience – but don’t be fooled. The most important steps happen before your feet even leave the ground. So, minimize your chances of having an accident by following proper paragliding launching techniques you should have perfect within your paragliding lessons.
Be Like a Pilot, Not Like a Bunny
Envision yourself as a pilot of an aircraft. Often, new paragliders pilots hop into their launch, and this is poor technique. Your paragliding launch should be similar to an airplane taking off. There’s no hopping, bouncing or skipping. It should be a smooth, gradual lift off. Doing the opposite can cause your paraglider to be ahead or behind you, which increases your risk of a launching accident. Your wing always needs to be directly above you for a proper launch. So act like a pilot, not like a bunny because doing the latter will only cause problems.
Let the Uprising Airflow Give you a Lift
When you’re paragliding, you never want to rush into your launch. You just have to move into the rising airflow. However, to pull off this proper paragliding launch technique, your glider has to be directly overhead. If it’s behind you or even a little ahead, the lift-off will be bumpy and dangerous with the possibility of no lift at all. Ground handling is a critical part that you learn to perfect throughout your paragliding lessons.
Flow Don’t Pull
With the prior mentioned, proper paragliding launching technique requires you to take off directly into the wind. Remember, your launch should be like an airplane taking off; flowing down the runway at a smooth, gradual increase of the speed. Not being in full control and, for example: being pulled from your launch, can result in higher stress level, which could be detrimental to your entire paragliding experience. So, go with the flow in full control of the process; never let it pull.
Fly Fully Loaded
A major component of proper paragliding launch technique is to have your glider fully loaded. Anything short of that can make your entire take off quite unpredictable, as it can cause deflation close to the ground. A loaded wing is also faster and reacts better to the input you give with the brakes, so it’s easier to control. Learning to optimize using your weight in the harness while running will instantly minimize your risk of paragliding launching accidents.
Now, if any of these come to you as a surprise, it’s time to sign up or re-do a paragliding lesson. These launching techniques should be infused into your brain before you even consider taking a flight.