Paragliding Checklists.

After watching folk begin to unpack kit on launch only to start off in a diatribe of muttered curses, one can certainly appreciate the use of a checklist prior to leaving for the hill (in addition to the preflight taught during student progression prior to launching).

The one I developed prior to attending the Canadian Paragliding Nationals in 2012 went as follows (some sage advice suggested transcribing this to the inside cover of ones logbook).

Night Before:

  • Review forecast/terrain
  • Download Camera
  • Download Vario
  • Charge InReach*
  • Charge Vario*
  • Charge Radio*
  • Charge Camera*
  • Charge Phone*

Morning Of:

  • Confirm forecast
  • Check InReach
  • Check Vario
  • Check Radio
  • Check Camera
  • Check Phone
  • Fill Water
  • Food
  • Sunscreen
  • Tylenol
  • Lip Balm
  • Bug Repellant
  • Harness
  • Wing
  • Flight Suit
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Boots
  • Thermal layers

* I recall an adage that went something like, “Be sure to feed your horse before feeding yourself.” The importance of plugging everything in before taking off for dinner/celebratory beer during a comp cannot be overstated.

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