22 August 2018

Paragliding Beginner Cross Country Course

HAVE YOU STARTED FLYING IN THERMIC AIR? DO YOU WANT TO ACCESS CROSS-COUNTRY FLYING? FLYEO ARE HERE TO HELP YOU TAKE YOUR FIRST STEPS ON YOUR CROSS COUNTRY FLYING CAREER.

*Important notice: For safety reasons, all pilots wishing to book onto this course must have completed at least one SIV course.

IS THIS FOR YOU?

• You can maintain in thermals on site.

• You are autonomous on takeoff and landing.

• You are able maintain and fly for approx 1 hour.

• You fly with a A or B wing.

• You have completed some small XCs of 20km or less

OBJECTIVES

• Building the knowledge and skills and most importantly the confidence of when and how to leave the hill.

• Learn and refine pilotage skills: Pitch and roll and cancellation, exploring our brake range, refining 360s and how to search and map thermals.

• Understand the Alpine flying environment: How valley wind systems will affect our flying and how to use them to our advantage throughout the day, how to read relief features and visualise potential thermal triggers.

• Introduction and understanding of fundamental aspects of psychology of paragliding: The ability to analyse our personal flying psychology and how to optimise it through our body language and various mental exercises is crucial to maximise our available flying bandwidth.

COURSE CONTENT

• Mastering Pilotage: Morning "non-thermic" flights will be used to work on core aspects of our piloting skills that will be directly transferable to thermic and active flying. We will be working on exercises such as Roll & Pitch aggravation and cancelation, 360 speed control, building confidence on bar and linking rear-riser steering. Also understanding  the importance how our body position  and body language in the harness will affect these manoeuvres.

• Introduction and development of some of the fundamental skills of cross country flying.

OBSERVATION

• Being able to successfully apply our observational skills to cross-country flying is key to staying high and going far. We will be going several exercises such as counter-pilot thermal tracking, constant airspace assessment in order to train ourselves to use our full field of vision to maximise our time in the air.

• Cross-Country flying is largely governed by our ability to make many different decisions throughout the flight. Putting our observation skills into direct application is crucial to our Cross-Country flying being the foundation to our decisions and will ultimately make us more efficient in flight, optimise our airtime, and let us fly further!

• Advanced ground-handling sessions: Using the landing field valley breeze, we will be running Ground-Handling session in order to practice some advanced techniques such as A+C riser control, body positioning and how to use our body in different wind strengths. Currency and refining our Ground-Handling is vital to becoming a highly skilled pilot.

THEORY

• Flying psychology and optimising our bandwidth: In these sessions we aim to focus on the importance of being self-analytical towards what may be making us nervous or apprehensive in flight. We learn about physical manifestations (sitting up in our harness, holding risers, tunnel vision) and how to overcome these through some fundamental exercises that are applicable at all times of the flight. We also look towards mental barriers: these can be seen as in-flight apprehensions as well as long-term mental barriers that affect our flying and progression. Successfully conquering these various psychological aspects will ultimately lead towards increased flying bandwidth.

• Meteo Briefing: We aim to introduce and practice some of the different methods to obtain our soaring forecast. We look at various weather applications and dedicated soaring forecasts, how to look for consistencies as well as how to look for potential development. Throughout the course of the week, responsibility of reading forecasts and deciding where to go flying will be shifted toward the students.

FLYEO PHILOSOPHY

• Small groups of 5 pilots maximum.

• At FLYEO, we know how important pure piloting is. Cross Country is governed by our ability to maximise our bandwidth and being controlled and relaxed leads to successful analysis, strategy and decision-making. In order to achieve this level, FLYEO require pilots wishing to take part in a cross country course is to have completed at least 1 SIV course within the last 12 months, so we can offer you:

• A level of consistency throughout the group

• Safety for the entire group.

PRICES €150  per person, per day. 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).