SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2017

Myth #6: Reflex Paragliders Can Only Be Flown By Experienced Pilots.

Myth #6: Reflex Paragliders Can Only Be Flown By Experienced Pilots.

We have to discern two notions: experience and education. The first is gained through practice, the latter by training. A pilot with considerable airtime gathered exclusively on classic wings can experience difficulties when he starts flying Reflex Profile Paragliders, thus perceiving them as potentially dangerous. Flying with brakes slightly pulled in is by far not the only one, but decidedly most widespread error. As (hopefully) known, this technique while perfectly suited to Classic Paragliders will cause an unpleasant feeling of instability when applied to Reflex Profile Paragliders.

Speaking generally, Reflex Profile Paragliders’s range looks pretty similar to Clasic Paraglider’s: there are competition wings with high aspect ratio and sophisticated trimming as well as simple recreational wings. Competition paragliders require more experience, while recreational ones can be flown much easier. Still, flying both of them it is absolutely necessary to know and understand peculiarities of reflex-profile wing operation. These are the following points to be learned:

1.) Influence of brakes, trim and speed system on flight parameters and safety.

2.) Take-off and landing techniques, applicable trim settings and landing approach calculation.

3.) Handling of a paraglider in specific flight stages.

FACT: Flying a Reflex Profile Paraglider absolutely requires knowledge and understanding of its specific demands (besides all general paragliding knowledge of course). An educated pilot even with negligible experience will be perfectly fine on his recreational Reflex Profile Paraglider.