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 "best way" to launch, but it is 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 mostly live in Mexico) so some of these articles may have a specific geographic focus and of relevance to new and progressing pilots, like me.
If you like something, disagree with me, or just want to talk paragliding, send me a message.
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). Above is a list of things I'd encourage new pilots to do 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. You will get to know your local paragliding sites by talking to pilots in your club and some apps, books, and websites.
When to fly
Main article: When to fly
Learn how to become better at forecasting what will make a day flyable.
Main article: Checklists
Our form of aviation is the only kind that doesn't rely on checklists (but really, it should). It prevents complacency to ensure a safe, enjoyable, stress-free flight.
Gear, software, and hacks
Main article: Gear
Sure, you only need around 5kgs of fabric above your head and a harness to keep you tied to it, but there are a lot of other small things that might make your flying more comfortable and safe.
Emergencies, insurance, and safety
Main article: Emergencies
Things don't always go wrong, but when they do, you need to have your shit in order.