Flight Skills

  1. Wingtips: What tracklogs can tell you

    Wingtips: What tracklogs can tell you

    Did you know you can spy on the best pilots? Learn how to compare tracklogs when reviewing your own flight performance. Sometimes you might only learn one thing, sometimes it reinforces things you already knew, sometimes it helps you find...
  2. Wingtips: Clouds that suck

    Wingtips: Clouds that suck

    Small cumulus clouds can indicate lift, but large ones can suck you up and spit you out as an iceblock. How can you tell which ones are safe? ‘Wider than it is tall’ is a good rule of thumb. Look...
  3. Wingtips: Downwind devil

    Wingtips: Downwind devil

    How much space do you need for a safe 360? When going downwind near the hill, beware of the insidious trap that catches even experienced pilots. Don’t get caught out! Learn more about the downwind devil
  4. Wingtips: Flatland distance

    Wingtips: Flatland distance

    Trying to go far in the flatlands? Going directly downwind (going for distance) is often a trap! Divert to high ground, warmer terrain, or clouds forming to either side of your track. Look for lines that link multiple sources of...
  5. Speed To Fly Basics

    Speed To Fly Basics

    Do you feel the need for speed? Perhaps you should. Or maybe you ought to rein it in a little? Speed to fly is all about applying the appropriate speed to achieve your flying objective in the current conditions. In this article we'll take you through the general principles so you can make a clear and simple choice.

  6. Wingtips: Strong wind launching

    Wingtips: Strong wind launching

    Wind strong on launch? Try running at the wing. Not just allowing the wing to drag you back (which is inevitable); the trick is to run before the wing yanks you. It does this at 45 degrees as it bites...
  7. XC Secrets: Coastal inversion

    XC Secrets: Coastal inversion

    What do you see? Analyze the snapshot above yourself, before scrolling down for answers.

  8. XC Secrets: Shaded flatlands glide

    XC Secrets: Shaded flatlands glide

    What do you see? Analyze the snapshot above yourself, before scrolling down for answers.

  9. Paraglider Control: Stall, Spin, Collapse!

    Paraglider Control: Stall, Spin, Collapse!

    Sometimes, things can get out of control. This is often due to pilot input, which is an avoidable mistake. Sometimes you've just forgotten what to do. So in this article we cover the most common scenarios to prepare you for your next flight with some skills you can use when things get wild.

  10. XC Secrets: Alpine valley crossing

    XC Secrets: Alpine valley crossing

    What do you see? Analyze the snapshot above yourself, before scrolling down for the answers.

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