4 April 2018

Ground Handling and Soaring Course Dune du Pyla.

This is a new course offered by Flyeo- Dune du Pyla, ground handling and wagga skills. We think that it is one of the most comprehensive ground handling and wagga courses available on the market. This course will be tailored to the individual pilot no matter your level, from complete beginner to seasoned pro there will be a lot to learn.

The instructors taking the course are Jim Nougarolles Wagga Festival Champion and Acro pilot, and Malin Lobb, PWC pilot and British Team Member. They have put together a comprehensive course to help you improve your ground handling and high wind launching skills.

Malin says about the course; Ground handling is the foundation of our sport, we can learn so much about our wings behaviour. Through scientific research that we participated in with the Free Flight Philosophy Project, we can see a massive spike in heart rate just before launch. Interestingly this is the same for new and more experienced pilots alike. The calmer we can be before launch the less energy we waste and the clearer we think. By becoming proficient in different wing control and launching techniques, we can reduce our pre-flight fear and save energy which will lead to a more focused flight. Also, most accidents happen on launching and landing, most of which are avoidable with the correct training. By completing this course you will not only become a safer pilot, but you will see other aspects of your flying improve.

IS THIS FOR YOU?

  • Do you want to improve your ground handling skills
  • Learn high wind canopy control
  • Learn advanced launching techniques (cobra launch etc)
  • Rack up your hours flying in the smooth sea breeze
  • Learn foot-dragging and other cool wagga skills
  • Look at the different techniques for launching, soaring and landing.

OBJECTIVES

 

  • Starting with the basics of ground handling i.e good positioning for your body, wing, wind and the slope.
  • Learn canopy control in various wind conditions
  • Wagga skills
  • Learn different launch techniques
  • Learn to soar (Positioning, crabbing, priority rules)

CONTENT

 

The Flyeo trademark way of instructing is personalised coaching. We aim to give you the technical knowledge so you can reproduce the techniques in your personal training.

PROGRAM

 

This is a 6 day course. The subjects we are going to cover will be:

The basics of ground handling

  • Knowledge about the window of wind
  • Several ways to take your brakes
  • Good positioning for your wing, wind and the slope
  • To be careful of the environment around you
  • Relax your body in the harness and keep your mind calm
  • Inflation intensity
  • Different types of control/catch pitch
  • How to empty your glider of sand
  • Different way to stall the glider (on the ground) and catch it in windy conditions

Advance ground handling techniques

  • Backfly
  • Static and balance
  • simple kiting lift technique
  • Jumps
  • Cobra launch
  • Barefoot slow/fast and jibe
  • Spinning on the ground

Launch

  • Different shape of slope
  • Different intensity and wind orientation

In the air

  • Soaring (Positioning, crabbing, priorities rules, wind strength)
  • How to take pointers about ground speed
  • Relief reading/routing
  • Different way of pitch/control/acceleration kill (Stop energy before climb pumping)
  • Roll techniques
  • Sliding trajectories and wagga

Landing

  • Approach construction
  • Cross wind/slope
  • Top landings & accuracy
  • Pumping; how and why

Safety Points

  • Weather and aerology evolution
  • Other pilots/trajectories/rules
  • Euphoria/excess of confidence
  • Tiredness/dehydration/sunstroke
  • Wing full of sand
  • Water and stream
  • Sunbathers and other obstacles

FLYEO PHILOSOPHY

 

The Flyeo pedagogy is based on the fundamentals of the pilot's actions, one of them being wing control and understanding and mastering it, the course is based around this to improve your overall flying career.

CONDITIONS

 

  • You must be insured.
  • Your wing must be in flight-ready condition and recently reviewed by a professional.
  • Speed-bar.
  • Radio charged.
  • Thank you for fill out and returning the completed pilot sheet available for download here: pilot information form English or French version SIV pilot file.
  • We would prefer to see you with your normal paraglider and not a very old wing that is near to the end of its life.

PRICES

Price per student for the 6-day course to learn wing control in strong winds is: 550 Euros (Approx £495) 

Dates are 7th-14th of July 2018 (8 days in total to allow for travel and weather conditions)

Meeting point Dune Du Pyla, nearest Airport Bordeaux (BOD), 40 minutes drive from Dune Du Pyla.

To book please email info@flyeo.com 

Accommodation and flights booked separately.

ALL OUR STUDENTS RECEIVE A 15% DISCOUNT ON PARAGLIDERS, HARNESSES AND RESERVES DURING THEIR COURSES (non-combinable offer: the best available discount for the client will be applied).