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I created this Wiki as a place to record my thoughts, ideas, lessons, and hacks related to paragliding, with the aim to make me a better and safer pilot.

There are many voices in our sport and there is much to be gained from others. What I write down here is my own opinion, something that will probably evolve over time. I don't subscribe to universal truths outside, say, the bounds of science and governing laws (there is no absolute "right way" to turn when reverse-launching, but it is certainly illegal to fly in some airspaces). Do your own research and find what works for you.

I trained and started flying in 2021 in South Africa (but usually live in Mexico) so some of these articles may have a specific geographic focus and be more relevant to new and progressing pilots, like me.

If you like something, disagree with me, or just want to talk paragliding, send me a message.

Getting started

Main article: Getting started

Just because you can learn to paraglide in a week, doesn't necessarily mean you should (but you probably should: it's life-changing stuff). There are some things to consider before taking the leap.

Where to fly

Main article: Flying sites

Don't fly an established site before getting a proper briefing by a senior pilot. Learn how to find paragliding sites and stay out of restricted areas.

Where not to fly

Main article: Airspace

Once you're in the sky, there are some areas that you need to be aware of (and others that you must absolutely avoid) not to get in trouble.

When to fly

Main article: When to fly

Learn how to become better at forecasting what will make a day flyable.

Checklists

Main article: Checklists

Our form of aviation is the only kind that doesn't rely on checklists (but really: it should). Lists prevents complacency and may help you have a safer, more enjoyable, and less stressful flight.

Gear, software, and hacks

Main article: Gear

Sure, you only need around 4kgs of thin fabric and a bunch of lines above your head (and a harness to keep you tied to it all), but there are a lot of other small things to consider that might make your flying more comfortable and safe.

Emergencies, insurance, and safety

Main article: Emergencies

Things don't often go wrong, but when they do, you need to have your shit in order.