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I created this Wiki as a place to 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. Knowledge that isn't documented and shared creates unneccesary anxiety (and I'm sure some senior pilots are bored answering the same questions every week), so I'm documenting what I can.

Much else of what I write down here is my own opinion, something that will hopefully evolve over time. I don't subscribe to absolute truths outside, say, the bounds of science and governing laws (there is no absolute "right way" to turn when reverse-launching, but it is absolutely illegal to fly in some airspaces). Do your own research and find what works for you.

I trained and started flying in early 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

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 many things to consider before taking the leap.

Main article: Getting started

Where to fly: flying sites

How to find paragliding sites, get a proper briefing, and stay out of restricted areas.

Main article: Flying sites

Where not to fly: 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).

Main article: Airspace

When to fly: weather

Learn how to become better at forecasting and find great flying days.

Main article: When to fly

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.

Main article: Checklists

Gear, software, and hacks

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.

Main article: Gear

Emergencies, insurance, and safety

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

Main article: Emergencies

Travelling

The only form of aviation where your entire aircraft gets folded into a backpack, ready for your next adventure.

Main article: Travelling