to lift the canopy up and over. You need to be reasonably strong for this. as the drag on around 200 square feet of fabric is considerable.
We were also taught ‘reverse inflation‘ where you stand facing the canopy as you pull it up. a bit like launching a large and very floppy kite. then turn around for take-off. The second technique is for launches off hill-tops— ifevery take-off involved charging hell-for-leather towards a precipice. paragliders and paragliding would long since be extinct.
The canopy is controlled by right and left brake lines attached to the rear edge. These tug the back of the canopy down. increasing resistance on one side and causing it to turn. Once you can control the inflated canopy on the ground. you progress to actual flying. This does not. you‘ll be glad to hear. involve climbing a steep hill and jumping offthe top. Instead. you're attached by a very long rope to a winch at the far end of the field and you communicate with the winch operator by walkie—talkie.
Once you‘ve completed all the safety checks (buckles secure. lines untangled. helmet on) and your instructor has given the all-clear. you call ‘Take up slack‘. the rope is pulled taut and you start your run for forward inﬂation. When the canopy is up and level. you call ‘All out‘. the winch speeds up. and suddenly you‘re being lifted into the air.
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It‘s a fantastic sensation — close to what ﬂying feels like in dreams. The motion is swift and smooth. and very stable; you don‘t feel in any danger ofdropping from the sky. . Everything seems to happen extremely quickly. as you concentrate on steering straight and keeping the canopy level. But you feel as though you‘re flying— you are ﬂying. All too soon. the rope goes slack and you drift downward again.
Although you’re taught parachute landing falls in case things go wrong (hence the rolling about in the mud earlier on). canopies are designed to give you a soft landing— l was able to land (and stay) on my feet the first time. As you approach the ground. you pull down hard on both brake
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so you touch down at low speed.
After a few flights on the winch. the next stage is releasing the rope in mid-air and landing untethered; from there you progress to launching off hills. The Sky and Air centre has its own private training hill. so flight routes have been well tested. During the beginners‘ course you‘ll learn refinements ofeontrol. launch and landing as you accumulate the required number of flights.
So if. like me. you‘ve always wanted to be able to fly. or if you‘re just looking for an unusual and exciting way to spend a short break. why not try paragliding — ‘the sport that gets you high‘.
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