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PG Training Videos

These videos include both PG and PPG.  Go to my YouTube site for many more videos of both PG and PPG.

A. Landing

Perfect landing by a student pilot (PG)

Landing properly (PPG) – The pilot lands flying a reflex glider.  Always watch the hands.  If a pilot flares too early he will always have a rough landing!  If he flares too late or not at all, he will have to run more/faster but his landing will not be hard.  This is the hardest concept for new pilots to understand.

B. Launching

Perfect launch – a student pilot demonstrates a perfect PG launch in light winds

Cravat at Launch – Why pilots always must check their gliders BEFORE committing to launch.

FAILED LAUNCH – An example of a failed launch by a pilot who lacked basic wing handling skills.  It is exceedingly dangerous to attempt a launch from an advanced site, like Dry Canyon, if a pilot is unable to control his glider on the ground.  He was fortunate he was not injured or killed.

Failed PPG launches – After a number of tries, the student pilot gets it right.  Includes his landing.

GOOD LAUNCH I – What a safe and controlled launch should look like.

GOOD LAUNCH II – Control of the glider is critical when conditions are turbulent at launch.  Want to be an expert pilot?  Become an expert kiter.

LAUNCHES BY VARIOUS PILOTS in slow motion – Watch the hands!

LAUNCH FROM TOW by a student




HOLDING THE A'S TOO LONG – A student pilot does his first forward launch from a benign mountain site.  Because it is not a cliff launch, the frontal collapse he experienced (from holding on to the A's too long) is of little consequence.  Every pilot needs to ensure every launch is perfect – this is why first class training is essential for safe flying!

LAUNCHING WITHOUT HAVING THE GLIDER UNDER CONTROL – It is not safe to turn and go before you are certain the glider is stable and free of tangles/cravats.  Conditions were moderate with weak thermals.  The pilot was fortunate that the site was easy.  A cliff launch with a gust could have sent him into the rocks.  The same pilot and another had some much better launches.

LAUNCHING WITH TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE BRAKE FROM A MOUNTAIN SITE – New pilots need to kite as much as possible in order to be able to fly "blind".  That is, to be able to control their glider and know its location without looking at.  When a pilot's brain gets overloaded (as here) he tends to make more mistakes.  Anapra Mesa is a good place to make these kinds of mistakes while learning how to ridge soar.

C. Accidents

JOE PARR'S ACCIDENT – Joe Parr's famous tip stall, spin, spiral dive, reserve deployment, and tree landing in Valle de Bravo, Mexico 2005.  He made at least (10) major errors as a pilot.   See if you can find them.  (Here is a complete analysis of the mishap by Had Robinson.)  We appreciate Joe making this superb teaching aid available to the world.  Thank you.

NEAR ACCIDENT – Poor launch and kiting skills nearly sends pilot into the trees

NEAR COLLISION – These two pilots are pros but did NOT check the launch area to see if it was clear before takeoff! Almost a tragedy.  If these pilots had attended our school, they would have learned not to do this.

YO-YO RIDE – Why pilots need to be careful and launch in the proper conditions – it can be a yo-yo ride.

D. General

RESERVE DEPLOYMENT I – Here is a very smooth deployment of a reserve – the way it should happen.  The pilot lets go of the deployment bag and stalls the wing so it will not down-plane and increase his descent rate.  However, he would have had a slower descent rate if he had used a B-line stall rather than pull the brakes.

RESERVE DEPLOYMENT II – An actual reserve deployment at an SIV clinic.  The pilot was doing acrobatics that went awry. Note how long it takes for the reserve to inflate – a result of poor packing or lack of force in the deployment.

ENERGY – Expert test pilot and flight instructor Bob Hoover on converting energy from plenty of airspeed into maneuverability.  Both PG & PPG pilots need to practice exactly what he does (minus the loops and rolls).  Coming in for a landing with plenty of energy is good.

SIDE HILL LANDING – How to do a side hill landing

GOOD KITING SKILLS – Kiting at Kilbourne Hole maar.  The pilot stays directly beneath the wing at all times by using the brakes.  The better a pilot gets at kiting, the less he has to work keeping himself under the wing.  Note his bent knees.