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COASTAL RIDGE SOARING

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COASTAL RIDGE SOARING

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									Paragliding Adventures                            Page 1                            Wilderness Lecture


                   COASTAL / RIDGE SOARING
SEA BREEZE(Pg. 111)

       The sea breeze may reach miles inland near the ocean
       Often confined to areas closer to the shore
       Strength of this wind peaks in the afternoon
       Air is heavier than inland, wind strength stronger

RIDGE SOARING(Pg. 326-338)

QUALIFICATIONS

       Clear traffic at launch
       Know right –of-way rules
       Be comfortable and competent to launch with assist & fly higher winds –ground handling good
       Know how to handle turbulence – fly with some brakes
       Know how to fly slow – careful not to stall
       Able to perform efficient turns of up to 180 degree heading change in higher winds
       Follow precise ground track in wind by crabbing
       Fly slowly in lift
       Fly fast in sink

RULES
   1.   Clear all your turns and obey right of way rules – look carefully for traffic.
   2.   Fly defensively and assume pilots won’t give you right of way.
   3.   Avoid high traffic areas. As a novice you should stay at least 2 spans away in smooth, 5 times in
        turbulence – avoid induced midair’s.
   4.   Don’t fly directly above or below another glider – surge, lift or sink can raise or drop you.
   5.   Flying closely in thermals or lift demands great skill and co-ordination.
   6.   Always remain within reach of your landing field.
   7.   Never turn towards the hill – ground speed increases, hit extra sink, turn will increase sink. Slope
        and terrain alters your perception.
   8.   Plan to arrive at landing with at least room spare – make good decisions.

RIDGE SOARING TIPS

   1.   Always turn into wind after take-off
   2.   Turning too late on take-off
   3.   Turning too often
   4.   Flying too far away from ridge
   5.   Flying too slow or too fast
   6.   Gaps and breaks in the ridge – stronger winds
   7.   Getting too far back behind ridge – venturi
   8.   Flying too far along the ridge when it tapers off or getting a tail wind
   9.   Turning in sink




Written by Dalene Stiff – Chief Instructor Paragliding Adventures
Paragliding Adventures                             Page 2                             Wilderness Lecture


TOP LANDING (Pg. 341)

         ONLY if previously discussed with instructor
         Done radio controlled
         Slow leg, fast leg
         Always approach on cross wind slow leg
         Crabbing onto final into wind

RIGHT OF WAY RULES(PG. 266-269)

         Mountain on your right – right of way.
         LOOK AROUND – three dimensional - sore necks, above, below, left, and right.
         Can’t relax when flying in traffic

Rules
1.    2 gliders approach head on – both go right.
2.    2 gliders converging – pilot on right straight.
3.    Overtaking – on right – overtake between glider and ridge.
4.    Lower pilot has right of way – cannot see, fewer options. Especially during landing.
5.    Always use your head to look towards the side you’re turning – pilots watching will see your intention.
6.    Glider closest to ridge (r.h.) has right of way.
7.    When ridge soaring always turn away from the hill when reversing direction.
8.    Thermaling – lower pilot has right of way. Can’t see above him.
9.    Thermaling – first pilot in thermal establishes turning direction for all pilots entering thermal.
10.   Thermaling – person in thermal has right of way when you join, don’t ??? the pilot out.
11.   Ultimate rule – see and avoid.
12.   All students must put streamers onto their gliders.

SPEEDBARS
Connect before launch.

CHECKS

         Do all checks before launch
         Have a system (always do it the same way)
         Start bottom up
         Check wind direction
         Clear sky (traffic)
         Mental plan before take-off
         Double check
         Remember adrenaline rush

OROGRAPHIC CLOUD

Big ears – no cloud flying.

CLOTHING
Take jackets and wear jeans
** Pages refer to The Art Of Paragliding Book - Written by Dennis Pagen




Written by Dalene Stiff – Chief Instructor Paragliding Adventures
Paragliding Adventures                           Page 3                           Wilderness Lecture




SEA/WATER LANDINGS(Pg. 259)

      Moving water is a dangerous landing
      Landing in surf is very dangerous, even near shore
      If a sea landing is imminent
      Detaching in the air and landing crosswind,
      Best option to prevent the waves’ deadly action
      Always unhook first, then pull the glider in
      Grab the trailing edge – fill with water
      You could get entangled – life is worth more paraglider
      Better to land downwind on the beach with PLF than eve knee-deep wave action


GETTING BLOWN BACK(Pg. 260)

               1st Rule – Never get into this situation.
               Use judgment and caution to avoid this situation
               If you notice you’re not penetrating, loose altitude, top land.
               Wind straight on – most dangerous
               Wind side on – can run with your escape route
               Big ears – rocking side to side
               Push speedbar
               Move in front of ridge as wind increases



RESERVE DEPLOYMENT(Pg. 262)

      Look
      Grab
      Pull free
      Look clear space
      Throw hard
      Let go of handle
      Pull in glider
      PLF
      High winds, get rid of parachute (cut or get out of harness)

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Written by Dalene Stiff – Chief Instructor Paragliding Adventures
Paragliding Adventures                  Page 4                      Wilderness Lecture


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Written by Dalene Stiff – Chief Instructor Paragliding Adventures

								
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