The safest paragliding sites can be made dangerous: fly a little too close to the top, and over the back you go! Fly too low behind the trees and whoops! How do you analyse the terrain to make sure you have identified the dangers? What do you need to look out for?
In this article BHPA Skywings Magazine editor Joe Schofield shares his thoughts from many years in free flight and offers some wise words of advice on how to avoid the pitfalls of flying unsuitable equipment and continue having a great, safe and above all FUN time free flying for many years to come.
Free-flyers are exposed to many risks. By identifying the greatest danger, you can make an effort to increase your safety margins in other areas. By examining each element of risk in turn—Weather, Wing, Gear, Sites, Ability, Knowledge—in a series of articles, we hope to provide some insight into reducing your risk.