Optimising a day
June, the longest days, the sun shines and warms the ground, burns our nose and our white arms hidden until now. How do you imagine a typical day of paragliding!
For the novice pilot
Between 10 and 50 flights you are in this category where motivation and lack of knowledge of the situation will push you to improvise multi-support days.
In the morning it’s paragliding, flying in stable conditions, without wind or thermals, you need to familiarise yourself with take-offs and landings. I advise you to change sites quite regularly in order to develop your ability to adapt to different landing sites.
In the morning until what time? Good question, it all depends on what time you get up to make your first flights. The analysis should be simple:
– No wind or breeze, I can fly.
– Cloudy day, no wind, I can extend my time slot to early afternoon.
– I got up late, the wings are holding at take-off… I move on to another activity.
– The breeze is already well established at the landing… I’m going to do ground-handling!
The morning is still the best time to have fun and master the basic parameters.
The rest of the afternoon can be divided between a family activity, a good meal in the sun, or a good ground handling session in a well oriented and clear field.
For the intermediate pilot
The mid-afternoon thermal can be really powerful and can affect your mental state to the point of keeping fears for the long term, so it is interesting to take off early enough in the morning to take advantage of the first thermals and the first feelings of elevation. As soon as the breeze settles, you should return to the ground.
A good debriefing of the previous flight will be welcome.
The evening is often ideal for a flight in more homogeneous conditions with decreasing thermal activity.
This flight is a great way to spend hours in the air, in a spectacular setting. It is important to keep in mind the distance from other pilots, often of the same level.
When you start this kind of flight it is important to stay alert on all phases of the flight, because the frequentation, the visibility by sunset and the inversions of breeze in low layer can offer you small surprises.
The days are long so plan to fly just before the aperitif… and not the other way around!
For the experienced pilot who doesn't have all day!
Yep! Fathers, local workers recognise themselves!
So you have to choose a time to find pleasure and feel like you’ve had a nice flight!
I like to leave on the East face early in the morning to find the first thermals, which take us to the heights of our beautiful mountains. Often around 9.30am or 10am, we can turn and start working those magic bubbles. In the morning on these faces it’s always a great challenge to get out and enjoy the mountains that are slowly waking up. I always find it very satisfying to think that I’ve already flown 2 hours and it’s just about lunch time.
The other time slot is 2pm. It’s interesting to imagine a course to achieve by giving small challenges, such as making the least number of thermal turns during this flight, which helps to better understand the routes and optimize the glide.
Another game I play is not to climb above such an altitude and to make low hang up points in order to concentrate on the trajectories in transitions and to play on the thermal selection strategy.
”Don't forget to play on the ground, to vary the way you inflate the glider and the way you take the brakes.Fab
Have a good flight and fly consciously!