Tag Archives: hang gliding

Tow Bridles

I love hang gliding. For me there is nothing that can compare to the joy of a quality cross country flight. Like many pilots I have discovered the easiest way of achieving this is by going towing. It’s been four years now since Rohan Holtkamp taught me how to ground tow. Since that time I’ve […]

Choosing a Helmet

In a recreational activity like hang gliding , there are significant risks of injury or death. Helmets on the market today offer varying degrees of protection. The purpose of this article is to provide a guide on how helmets work and what to look for when choosing one. You need a helmet whenever you fly. […]

Choosing a Hang Gliding / Paragliding School

G.W. Meadows Many of you reading this have either just had your first experience with hang gliding/paragliding or are considering it. Hang gliding and paragliding are without a doubt the most exhilarating sports in which a person can participate, but sometimes a new pilot will have had a bad experience learning to fly that can […]


The human eye is a marvellous instrument. It is however distinctly different to a camera which can observe a 15 degree arc of horizon and bring everything at one distance into sharp focus. Our eyes can observe about a 200 degree arc of horizon at one glance, but not everything we see will be sharp. […]


Nearly every pilot will experience some degree of fear during their flying career. How we each deal with it can make the difference between reaping maximum enjoyment from our chosen sport or perhaps even choosing to abandon our dreams of free flight. Fear is a perfectly normal human reaction but if you think it is […]

Mid-air collisions

Do you know that pilots need a total of 12.5 seconds to avoid a collision? This is the time an American military study concluded was necessary to avoid a collision. That’s an awful lot of time! In 12.5 seconds two gliders on a head on collision course traverse 250-700 metres depending on their combined airspeeds. […]

The three skills of a graceful landing.

Whilst at the landing paddock the other day, I couldn’t help but notice that some pilots fail to land gently, instead they just “arrive” at the ground. In fact this is not just a localised occurrence, you will see it happen now and again all around the world. Have a look at the Brazil video. Many people […]

History of Australian Hang Gliding Competitions

Australian Open Hang Gliding Championships Contributed and updated by Ian Jarman Just as the sport as a whole has made rapid progress from its Australian beginnings behind the boats of the Water Ski and Kite Flyers Association, the objectives and style of our National Championships has also evolved.  1976-1980 Steve Moyes, Rick Duncan, Equal Tim […]