Tag Archives: safety

Weak Links

In all aviation the pilot is usually the weakest link… The purpose of a weak link is solely to prevent the tow force from increasing to a point that the glider can be stressed close to or beyond its structural limits. Lockouts can and do occur without increasing tow tension up until the point where […]

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 […]

Lockouts

Lockout. A word to send a tingle up even the most gung-ho pilots spine. Before we go on to look at lockouts in detail a brief description of the theory behind modern towing will be of great benefit. We all owe a lot to Donnel Hewitt, a physics professor and pilot, who in the late […]

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. […]

From Parachutes to Paragliders

By Kurt Kleiner No one is exactly sure who invented the sport of paragliding. However, there are photographs and video footage of a group of skydivers flying their parachutes off of small hills in eastern Montana in the late seventies. At about this same time, a handful of climbers in the French Alps began to […]

Fear

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 […]

Accidents

I love flying. Like most pilots who have been involved in aviation for any period of time I have witnessed some accidents and heard stories of hair raising escapes. Along the way I have lost some friends. The point of this article is to take a closer look at how accidents occur and more importantly […]

Buying a Used Hang Glider

By G.W. Meadows You’ve been on the hill for a few days now and this hang gliding stuff is starting to look like a something that could turn into a hobby. You’re definitely going to have to give it some serious thought. One of the most important folks have to consider is the cost, and […]

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. […]