Flying Safety

Speed Riding Safety

With less predictable snowfall and increasing numbers of free riders year on year, it’s easy to see why the discipline of speed riding is gaining in popularity. It enables access to remote and “untracked” parts of the mountain that skiers and boarders can’t get to and it’s really easy to learn the basics if you’re a good skier or paraglider pilot.

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Landing Area Etiquette

Do you have the right of way when you land? Will it save you from a collision?

Angus Pinkerton (Chairman, BHPA's Flying & Safety Committee) takes a look at landing area conflicts and ways to manage them sensibly.

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Sharing the Air

An insightful piece by Skywings editor JOE SCHOFIELD on the need for consideration when flying in shared airspace.

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Safety: Managing the Mayhem

Team pilot Ruth Churchill Dower recounts a high altitude incident in the Himalaya.

A sudden updraught led to a stall and cascade. Despite having two reserve parachutes, Ruth lost 1000ft trying to fix the wing and landed in a tailslide on a precipitous ridgetop perch, luckily mostly unscathed.

It makes a cracking story, and there's a good deal to learn about managing mayhem and your personal reserve deployment throwing height.

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Speed Flying Safety

Speed flying is flying FAST downhill. The concept has evolved from speed riding, the fast mountain descent under a speed glider launched on skis. Speed gliders are not simply scaled-down, mini-paragliders.

Speedflying Safety Information from Gin Gliders: Speedflying is opening new horizons of piloting for expert and careful pilots with a lot of flying experience.

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Paragliding Safety

Preflight Checks

It’s exciting being on launch, especially if your friends are flying! The wind is increasing – you’ve got to get in the air! You’ve got to get in the air! You hurry it all out of the bag, throw on the harness, and fluff out the wing like a startled chicken.

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A Glider Too Far

Since the very beginnings of our sport there has been a problem with people buying gliders that are not suitable for them.

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Paragliding Safety: Stance

If you've ever fallen on your bum and been dragged across the launch site, you'll know that staying on your feet can sometimes be a challenge. Here's the solution. 

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