Performance Coaching with Pat Dower.

North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Oceania. I've travelled far and wide in search of the gurus of our sport. Some of which are 'household names' such as Jocky and Kelly, others more akin to the sage hidden in the mountains. Regardless the individual I chance upon, my overarching plan has been little more than locate and sponge …

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Building Blocks of Cross Country Paragliding in Valle de Bravo.

The maiden flight of the Gin Explorer complete, day two brings with it further training in the building blocks needed to successfully paraglide cross country (XC) here in Valle de Bravo. Sunrise. Recovered from a gruelling first day of flying and classroom, I finally get a chance to grab a few snaps of where I am …

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Gin Explorer: A lightweight successor to the Carrera Plus paraglider?

September comes to a close, bringing with it the start of autumn. In accompaniment is the foremost trade show of the paragliding world, the Coupe d'Icare in St. Hilaire de Touvet, France. A wide swath of vendors and manufactures attend the CdI to hawk wares and provide glimpses of pending product releases - the latter …

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Using ‘flyability’ in selecting paragliding competitions.

Another Canadian National Paragliding Competition draws to a close with eerily familiar results - few tasks and those that were flown were of poor validity. A visiting pilot queried a few weeks back if it was worthwhile to attend this years event in Yamaska, PQ. Answering the pilot was a litany of 'hmm', 'well', and …

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Paragliding Equipment Considerations: Comms Part 4 – Headsets

  Can you hear me now? On the ground, everything on the radio comes through clear and concise. But once in the air, we can't make out a thing. The 30+ kph relative wind has a tendency of messing with the best laid plans. If after experimenting with location and orientation we find that things …

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Paragliding Equipment Considerations: Comms Part 3 – Radio Pouches

Hooking it all up With Primary and Secondary Comms in order, now its time to mount everything up. Holders Clips/Velcro The most basic of solutions involve simply mounting the radio/satellite tracker directly onto the harness using any provided clips or the flight deck using velcro tape. A secondary attachment via a leash of some form …

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Paragliding Equipment Considerations: Comms Part 2 – Satellite Tracking

Plan B: Look to the Sky Radios work wonderfully when they have line of sight to someone else listening on the other end. Place a large mass of rock in the way - they don't work so well. Flying alone with no one on the other end, might as well carry on a conversation with …

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