Friction knots

This atypical friction knot in the brake and B lines formed spontaneously when the glider was unpacked and made ready to fly.  If the pilot had launched with this knot in place it would have presented a lethal crisis that could not be fixed by any means if the glider had been launched.  Performing a pre-flight is extremely important and lowers the risk of our sport by 50% or more.  Pilots must practice examining the upper cascade glider lines every time they setup to fly.  Reverse inflations allow us to build a wall in order to examine the lines as well take a close look when the glider is brought up overhead.  Only when everything looks perfect, should a pilot turn and go.  But if you are not an expert kiter, how will you examine the glider when it is in the air before you launch?

friction knot in paraglider lines

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