|Author:||Chris Jones, Tony Moore, Richard Hellen|
|Position:||HG Chief Coach, HG Safety, PG Safety|
|Contributor:||Chris Jones, Tony Moore, Richard Hellen|
|Iím sure many of you will have seen that recent YouTube video of the crash between a HG and a PG in Australia. Luckily they both lived to tell the tale, but it once more raises the question of flying safely together for HG and PG pilots.
Visibility From A Hang-Glider
(all viewing angles are for general illustration only)
Things change when banked up in a turn, in fact when circling hang-glider pilots have their best view of
For PG pilots I hope this illustrates the more limited view of the world that HG pilots have. Flying seated
does make it much easier to see up and behind (less contortion of the neck and the majority of us arenít
getting any younger!).
Landing With Hang-Gliders
Many paraglider pilots who were once hang-glider pilots have stopped flying hang-gliders for two main
Many new hang-glider pilots spend their first 10 hours after training, worried about their landings and for
some the worry never goes away. As with everything, practice makes perfect, but even old hands will
admit thatís itís the one phase of flying a hang-glider where you really need all the odds to be in your
favour if you are going to achieve even close to a 100% perfection rate. The goal field at a hang-gliding
competition can be quite an entertaining place to be for the casual spectator!
On our own sites we can all help improve the odds for new and less-new hang-glider pilots by ensuring we
donít inadvertently become distracting obstacles to a successful landing by getting into the habit of:
After landing always carry out to the edge of the landing field before packing up.
This may on occasion seem unnecessary, as there may be no other gliders around, but things can change rapidly.
The bottom line here is give the other guy or girl a sporting chance and help stack the odds in their favour.
We've had some good feedback already about this section - thanks! The more eagle-eyed will note that I've done some more work on it too. If you have any articles you'd like us to include, please email them to myself and the Nova Editor.