The SIV course, more commonly known as the piloting course, is part of every pilot’s progression. It is the link between driving and flying a paraglider. It will allow the pilot to understand the mechanisms of his actions and the effects on his wing.
A pilot who has the sensitivity, knowledge and daring to work alone and correct himself will not need any other resources to progress. This is not the case for most paraglider pilots, so the personalised courses we do become essential in the progression.
We’ll talk about safety, and safety for me, comes from the pilot and not necessarily the wing, so the pilot will feel active and interested in his own progress.
Motivation is the key to coming to a SIV. They are different for everyone, it is necessary to respect it because every paraglider pilot comes from a different background.
At the beginning of the progression, as soon as the pilot is autonomous at take-off and landing. This pilot needs to be in the swing of things and understand the finer points of the aircraft.
Every pilot needs to be comfortable with fast descents. Of course, they will be adapted to their needs. Centrifugal forces must be seen and mastered from the beginning of the progression.
Before a traumatic incident, whether psychological or physical.
After an incident or accident. We work on self-confidence and on the control of emotions, which is a post-traumatic plus to leave serene.
The flying course is to assimilate the basics, after that it’s much easier!
I insist a lot on the sensations in the harness, how to use the harness as a primary body support, freeing the arms to act independently with precision. Then the cockpit is created; pitch, roll and rotation are on the agenda.
To get the most out of this course, you just need to be in the right frame of mind.
Doing an SIV course to get rid of a logbook is not enough motivation. You must arrive with an objective, a desire, a fear to overcome, the desire to update yourself…
The motivations are different for everyone...
Need to control fast descents.
Pendulum movement is scary in turbulence.
Need to be accompanied to tackle rotations.
New wing, new harness, different sensations.
Want to progress by having the right basics right away.
I had a collapse that I mastered, but I don't know if I reacted well?
My friends at the club tell me that I have a wing that is too good for me.
Alone I don't dare to do this or that.
I'm afraid to press my controls...
I need to live and understand these incidents...
In spite of everything, there is always a reluctance on the part of the pilots, it is necessary to know that this moment
You have to know that this moment will be adapted to the psychological and technical level of each one!
The approach is also very interior, we make the pilots aware that their actions are controlled by their brain, and if the brain is frozen by stress, nothing works, therefore danger!
We listen to the emotions and experiences of each person, and together we try to understand the individual mechanism and the limits of acceptance in order to pilot better.
To go into a little more detail, what manoeuvres are possible in a SIV course and which are only possible above the ground?
360 passive dissipated output
360 active dissipated output
Asymmetric two-line collapse piloted
Asymmetric ears reverse rotation
The same thing with higher amplitudes
The discovery of late braking at the bottom of a descent
Discovering negative starts
If one were to set exercises against a level of practice, what would be the manoeuvres to be mastered perfectly?
Realization that the harness is not just there to avoid being hung by the “T…” but a seat allowing to fly the wing freely with all the useful amplitudes, thanks to our steering wheel “the controls”.
Ground handling of the wing without wind and with wind.
Ground handling with and without wind
Master the different techniques of raising the wing in the wind
Mastering simple rapid descent techniques:
360 regulated (-6m/s over 500 m)
Big ears/accelerated, with roll.
Regulated 360 (-8 m/s over 500 m) with awareness of external elements (terrain, landing, other pilots).
Knowledge of the negative departure of the wing (particular signs of the wing!).
Piloting the closed wing (cravat).
Knowledge of the particularities of xc harness VS classic harness.