Forward Take off
||1.A good horse shoe lay out.
||2.Note the inflation from the centre. Power may be added to assist
||3.As the canopy inflates, check the lines & canopy.
||4.The pilot has let the canopy overfly him and it has front tucked.
Keep moving forward or apply breaks
Backward Take off
||1. Pull up in back start position. Pilot could be holding front risers to
assist in Pull up
Now that you are clipped right riser into right carabineer and left into
left, you will be facing into the wind. This is the position one would
use for a forward start, usually undertaken when little or no wind is
present. When wind is present a BACKWARDS start is preferred as one may
watch the glider as it inflates. It may also be inflated and dropped back
to ground a number of times until a controlled inflation may be undertaken.
||2. Pilot stabalises canopy then gets ready to turn
around for take-off.
For a reverse pull up, clip in front ways as described. Now turn around
to face the glider while at the same time ducking under the respective
riser. The risers will now be crossed, in other words what was the right
riser when facing forwards is still on your right side, but seems to go
to the left side of the glider (remember what seems to be the left side
of the glider now is actually the right side. It is only on the left because
you have turned around and faced the wing, and while doing so have crossed
||3. Pilot accelerates forward while standing up straight.
Once the wing is inflated above you, and you turn
back around, the risers will uncross and one will be back facing forwards
again . . Now you are facing the glider there are many ways of pulling
the wing up. I find the following easier. With one hand I grasp both A
risers which when pulled will pull on the leading edge and allow the wind
to enter the cells. Keep pulling and glider will inflate above one's head.
One needs to be able to steer the glider as it inflates. This is done
with the spare hand using the respective toggle. If the glider is pulling
right counter steer with the left hand on the left toggle. (while in the
back start position take the toggle that is on your right side to be held
in your right hand and visa versa.) While pulling up the glider on the
A lines and risers, (which are held together) there is a constant interchange
between which hand is pulling on the risers and which is steering.
||4. Keep accelerating until the force of the engine enables one to become
Never jump into the seat.
Should you need to swap, change both risers to the opposite hand and steer
on the respective side with that toggle. This must be done early before
the wing has dropped too much, else it is difficult to rectify. Once above
your head the risers may be released, bearing in mind you may have to
go back to them should the wing start to fall back again. Once the wing
is above your head it may have a tendency to fly forward and over fly
you. If this is allowed the front will collapse and the glider will de
elate. To prevent this both toggles are pulled down and the wing will
stop flying forward. Take care doing this in the air as it may stall and
you will be back on the ground sooner that you think ! Now you can inflate
the wing and control it above your head, one needs to turn around and
take off against the wind. (remember while you were pulling up the wing
you had your back to the wind).
||5. Seat yourself by either a foot stirrup or by holding both
toggles with one hand and pushing yourself with the other.
Once the wing is stable above your head and
not overflying you or dipping to one side, simply let the toggles go,
spinning around the correct way. If you turn the wrong way you will find
there is a double twist in the risers. As soon as you have turned round
and are facing into the wind, the toggles are taken hold of again(left
in left hand and visa versa) one might find you have to apply some toggle
pressure to prevent the wing from over flying you again. Alternatively
move forward to keep the wing above your head and control the wing again.
Should you find the wing pulling for example to the right, you will realize
you have to counter steer to the left. Tip- remember to move under the
problem side simultaneously. If there is little wind over the wind (wind
blowing towards you), you will find you will have to move forward at the
same time, while moving under the problem side. If not it will simply
deflate due to lack of airflow over the top and hence no lift to keep
the wing inflated. (By moving forward you are creating an airflow over
the wing and hence generating lift).
||6. Here is a brief description
of a forward start. Clip in as described i.e. facing
forwards in the direction of take off, into the wind, left riser into
left carabeener . Make sure the pre flight checks are complete and all
risers free from the ones behind etc. Start with you hands by your knees,
under all the risers. Move them forward between the risers and your legs,
while picking up the toggles and un-clipping them on the way. All the
risers now will be hanging over your for arms. Reach back over them and
take hold of the front risers in the respective hands. (You may also wish
to refer to our promotional video where both starts are clearly shown)
Remember pulling on the front risers will inflate the leading edge and
facilitate inflation. While staying in this position drop you arms back
and down. (almost as if someone is trying to bring your straight arms
together behind your back while your PALMS ARE FACING FORWARD). Take a
step backwards and when ready run forward letting your arms come up over
your head as the glider inflates. Keep hold of the front risers with your
arms straight until the glider is above your head. Before take off, LET
THE FRONT RISERS GO.
|7.This is simply to prevent unnecessary
pressure on the front risers which may create a front tuck (the leading
edge of the glider tucking over and deflating) With a forward start, while
flying with power taking a step backwards and applying power to help the
forward run certainly benefits the inflation process. Just remember the
glider will inflate quickly and if it has the tendency with either forward
or back start, remember to apply toggle pressure with both to prevent
it over flying. Alternatively keep moving forward to stay in front of
the forward moving wing .
|8.Both front and back starts become
slightly more acquired when a motor is present. (however ground work is
your key to successful paramotor flying. Do it with the engine off and
get use to walking around with the engine running while not connected
to the glider. this will enable you to experience the turning effects
associated with motorized paragliding, while at the same time getting
use to the noise and thrust behind). I usually strap the accelerator onto
my hand and adjusting it to provide easy access to the lever and kill
switch. The toggles are then taken up in what is left of the free fingers
. Remember placing your hand over the carburetta will flood the engine
and stop the engine should the kill mechanism break. This is one of the
main reasons I very seldom use one. A second cut out switch mounted on
the frame is also a good idea.