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1. It is good to quit paragliding if you feel that it is not under your control.

2. The good flying conditions happen when you are away from the flying area.

3. Pay attention to the fight of fovea and fear.

4. Do not hide your fear from yourself and from your friends.

5. Do not struggle to get into your harness after take-off.

6. Hands should always be in hands, especially at launch procedure.

7. Don't launch if there is turbulence that you are not prepared to deal with.

8. Incline the wind meter to find the maximum wind speed direction.

9. If you see a pilot having a bad take-off, be prepared to have one as well.

10. Grab the back risers while you wait to launch in unstable conditions.

11. Do not ask for assistance from people that do not know how to help you.

12. Always secure first the leg strap and open it when you are packing.

13. Chewing gum can assist your concentration.

14. Untangling is easy when you start from the wing to the risers with A lines.

15. In strong wind, let someone grab your leading edge from the center.

16. Boots, helmet and gloves are part of the flying equipment.

17. The landing path is the safety path.

18. Landing ends when your wing is packed.

19. If you are getting dragged, grab one riser, a line or material and pull.

20. Do use big ears in turbulent area.

21. Do not use big ears unless you are forced to it.

22. When slope is on your left, keep pressure and body shift on the right.

23. Look, lean, turn.

24. Never say ''I will do top landing''. Say '' I will try ''

25. Always do the best you can to deal with a problem. It is enough.

26. Handle your brakes smoothly and progressively.

27. Always attach your speed system to the risers and keep bar free.

28. If you have a collapse, try to keep your track without panic. Steer, then clear.

29. You can perform much bigger weight shifts while reclined than while upright.

30. To define wind speed and direction look at the shadow of a cloud on the ground.

31. Usually the shape of clouds, show the wind direction at this level.

32. Active flying is keeping your wing exactly above and centered to your body.

33. When you are in a thermal, forget your vario and feel the center of push.

34. Making figure-8 turns can be better than full turns if there is a risk of colliding with the ridge.

35. A thermal column constitutes an obstacle for the wind. There is a lee side to it.

36. Never leave lift.

37. Don't fly into clouds.

38. Prefer trees for emergency landing than the risk of cables and sharp objects.

39. Look on the ground when you are in turbulence and don’t look your wing all the time.

40. The more turbulent, the further away from the hillside you should be flying.

41. In turbulence body shift should make more work than brakes.

42. By having some pressure on the brakes you can speed up and slow down as well.

43. Better land with big ears, applying on the brakes than try to release near the ground.

44. If you have altitude try to recover your flight, than to deploy your reserve.

45. Do not look the obstacle you are afraid to crash into (This is called fixation).

46. Steering without the brakes is possible with back risers and/or body weight shift.

47. Leave you wing unfolded if you are hurt due to a bad landing.

48. Always carry in your harness one spare line and repair adhesive material.

49. When the temperature is high metal parts of the risers should not get in touch with the wing.

50. There are no good pilots, only old pilots.

The only thing better than getting high, is being low first.

Aug 28 2002   Top Top