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FAQs and TIPS

Aeronautical charts of the USA – Here are the symbol guides and abbreviated explanations of terms.  The symbol guide is VERY thorough and
has much more than the charts you can buy.  Optional: If you PPG, carry a copy of a chart to show law enforcement if you are stopped for any
reason.  It helps if they realize you are a conscientious and careful pilot.  Your local airport will have copies of these charts for your region.

Airport access for ultralights – Need access to a public airport?  What are your responsibilities?  What does the FAA
     have to say?

Air show performances – (under construction) It is great fun flying in air shows.  Here are some helpful suggestions and guidelines.

Airspace explained – This is an easy to understand article on airspace in the U. S.  PPG pilots must know this subject.

Alcohol & drug use while flying – Flight or instructional operations conducted in violation of the FAA CFR Part 91.17 Alcohol or Drugs, as follows: No
     person may act as pilot or passenger of a hang glider or paraglider; 1. Within 8 hours after the consumption of any alcoholic beverage; 2. While
     under the influence of alcohol; 3. While using any drug that affects the person's faculties in any way contrary to safety; or while having an
     alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater in a blood or breath specimen. Alcohol concentration means grams of alcohol per deciliter of blood or
     grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.  DO NOT FLY WITH PILOTS WHO USE DRUGS!

*Brake usage – Most pilots fly with way too much brake.  Here is what can happen and how to use the brakes correctly.

Catheter Kit – What if you have to pee while flying?  Here is the solution.  Women can contact Kari Castle for the "how to" of emptying your bladder while flying.

Cravats – Having a cravat (a fold in the wing) or a friction knot in the lines can be relatively harmless or extremely dangerous.  Pilots must be able to assess the situation quickly and not panic.  Here is an example of a pilot (Tom Bird) launching with a cravat, assessing the severity, and taking care of it.

Cross Country Paragliding – Notes by Had Robinson on Jocky Sanderson's "Speed to Fly" video

Cross Country Soaring – This is an outstanding PowerPoint presentation on weather analysis for cross country soaring by Brian Resor of the Albuquerque Soaring Club, Moriarty, New Mexico

Cross country tips from Cross Country Magazine

Dennis Pagen on the weather

Dixon White's Notes – notes on weather, practicing, pilot attitude, flying protocol, speed systems, towing, and more.

EAA – Here is a short summary of what an ultralight is and its legal status.  Joining the EAA and registering both yourself and your aircraft is a good start if you fly in an area that is generally hostile to ultralights.

Equipment, PG paragliding – Typical

Equipment, PPG powered paragliding – Typical

Ericsson military surplus field telephone – If you do not understand how to setup up these amazingly tough field telephones, this will help.

Extreme Sports – We are not crazy for doing these things.  See the essay at the bottom of this page, "Will Gadd on dangerous sports".

*FAR 103 – The official FAA regulations for ultralight aircraft.  It is important to read this (2) page document!

FAR 103 Elements – FAA discussion of the elements of an ultralight in order to define what it is and how it fits in to the national air space

FAR 103 Notes – Cpt. Jack Brown explains the real meaning behind FAA regulations for PG pilots

Flapping your glider – a risky maneuver but under the right conditions, it could be useful.

Flying Low – Flying low to the ground gives a false sense of security.  Here is why.

General Training Information – Basic info about paragliding training

GPS Setup – Garmin 64st basic setup guide from Navigation-Professional (Germany), other models similar.  GPS Competition settings   Navigation-Professional has comprehensive downloads and profiles for the Garmin line.  Manuals: Garmin 64st  Garmin 60CSx

High Wind Launches – What you need to know and how to safely do them.

IPPI card – see "Travel" below

Jetstream – an animation of the Jet moving around the globe.  Is it any wonder that it drives the weather?

*Joe Paar's cascading errors – Watch the video first and THEN read this analysis.  It is a must for all pilots who want to avoid serious accidents.

Kiting practice* – Kiting skills are essential for safely flying a paraglider.  Learning them is also fun to do!

Landing a paraglider safely and comfortably – This is a PPG demonstration of a landing.  PG is virtually the same.

Launching and flying in strong conditions – What can go wrong when you launch in strong air.

*Lockout – What it is and how to avoid it while being towed.

Low on fuel – What should a PPG pilot do to maximize time in the air so that he can return home?

Mexico Travel – see "Traveling to Mexico" below

Motion induced blindness – Why a pilot needs to keep his eyes and head moving at all times.  Object fixation can prevent a pilot from seeing nearby objects.

National Weather Service broadcast frequencies – You must have a radio that will receive these broadcasts e.g. a handheld FM transceiver like the YAESU FT-60R (see "Radio setup" below.)

NOTAMS – How to file a Notice to Airmen

*Parachute landing fall (PLF) technique – PLF can save you from serious injury.  Courtesy of Southern Skies www.southernskies.net

Paraglider FAQs

Paraglider physics – How it works (Courtesy of www.TowMeUp.com)

Paraglider repair and inspection – Please contact us for more information

Pilot training guide – from the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

*Pre-Flight check – Are you safely ready to go?  Skilled pilots have had serious accidents or died because they did not complete their pre-flight.

Pre-flight check from USHPA – This is much more inclusive preflight and is more general in nature.  It is worth reading this from time to time.

Radio setup – Helpful info on how to setup the YAESU FM (2) meter radio for proper use.  This generally applies to other brands of radios, as well.

Requirements – You should have meet these minimal physical and mental requirements to help fly safely.  If you train with us, they are required.

*Reserves – All about them including how and when to deploy.  A reserve is not a second chance – it is your last!  Courtesy of various sources.

Reserve re-packer – We highly recommend Mark Windsheimer 1372 Sinton Road Evergreen, CO 80439 airtimeHG@aol.com (303) 674-2451

*Safe flying guide – Notes on how to avoid mishaps.

*Safety notice from USHPA – A valuable essay on how pilots can avoid getting killed.  It is NOT rocket science....

Setup for paragliding and powered paragliding – see "Equipment" above

SIV clinics – These are very helpful.  However, you can not only learn a lot but also get killed, hurt, or terrified by them.

Six lessons being a military pilot taught me for life by Carl Forsling – ”Don’t drop the airplane to fly the microphone.”

Smoke deployment – (In process.  Nonetheless, there are so many ways a pilot can set himself on fire in the air if he is not careful!)

Speed bar installation – A helpful YouTube from Gin on how to do it, courtesy of Super Fly.  Note: loose speed bars can tangle with the reserve!

*Speed to fly by Jeff Greenbaum – A simple explanation of how to go farther in a headwind or a downwind

SPOT – SPOT Satellite Introduction and setup for ultralight pilots

*Stabilizing your glider while doing a reverse inflation at launch

Streamer preparation & deployment – How to prepare, deploy, and tow a streamer with a paramotor

Strobe light setup – The purpose of a strobe light is for you to be visible in the twilight periods of the day.

Tandem operations – These are strictly prohibited unless the pilot in commands meets the specific requirements of USHPA or USPPA.

Tangled glider lines – How to quickly untangle your lines when it is a complete mess.

Task saturation – here is an example of it and why this sport is not for everyone.  It is easy to release from tow but not for this new pilot.

Thermalling – see "Cross Country Paragliding" above

Throttle placement in the hand while launching a paramotor.

Towing – A complete manual from the Hang Gliding Paragliding Association of Canada

Towing – Why we tow at Southwest Airsports

Towing high – Tips on the high tow (AGL > 2,000')

Training Part I and Part II by Bill Fortney – Do you make every flight a training flight?  Bill explains why you should and how.

Training with Russell Ogden – He discusses everything paragliding.  Mastering wingovers with only weight shift is one of the best things to do.

Travel – Your USHPA rating is good in countries that require all pilots to be rated but you must have an IPPI card.  Here's how to get it.

Traveling to Mexico – Helpful tips and advice for pilots (or other sport tourists) entering Mexico in a vehicle with gear.  On the other hand, if you want trouble while traveling in Mexico and most other Latin countries, check this out.

*USHPA Basic Safety Requirements – This short document gives a summary of how to fly safely.

USHPA rating system for pilots – Go here for a complete reference of the USHPA rating system for pilots (P1 - P5)

*Videos of paragliders launching, flying, and landing.  It includes some accidents that should be studied.

Will Gadd on dangerous sports – Should we grieve for fellow pilots when they perish doing what they love?

XC flying – see "Cross Country Paragliding" above

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