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Paragliding: The Beginner's Guide

  • $ 34.95

The Ultimate Training Manual for Pilots Worldwide

Published in 2020, Paragliding: The Beginner’s Guide is the new essential guide to learning to fly paragliders safely and quickly.

“There are lots of good beginners’ books out there, but we’ve spent three years working on making a properly comprehensive, complete guide that is right up to date and relevant to beginner pilots worldwide.” || Lead Author Bastienne Wentzel

“...a substantial 320-page guide with clear illustrations on every page to help the reader understand what can be quite tricky concepts.” || Co-author Ed Ewing


Getting started: The book starts from the beginning with the physics of how a wing flies, and looks at what’s involved in a paragliding training course including the fundamentals of how to safely and effectively launch a glider in a variety of conditions from no wind to moderate breezes; how a glider is controlled and steered; and what can help the learning progress as beginners start out in flying school.

All the gear pilots need: There’s a vast array of equipment involved in paragliding, and beginners need to understand the difference between EN A, B and other rated wings, and why seated harnesses are more suitable for beginners than pod harnesses, for example. Instruments, helmets, reserve parachutes and more are also all clearly explained.

Learning about the weather: Paragliding: the Beginner’s Guide is an excellent meteorology primer, explaining the weather systems that dominate and the art of forecasting a good paragliding day. The book’s weather chapters dive into the intricacies of micro-meteorology, so essential to new pilots.

Becoming a qualified pilot: Moving on from school can be a daunting experience, where pilots learn to trust their own instincts and capabilities in safely assessing flying conditions. The book gives step-by-step guidance on accurate, thorough site assessment: how to decide if a take-off area is safe; what to check for in the wind; how likely there is to be strong lift; where dangerous turbulence is likely to be; what might be generating thermals, and more. For new pilots learning to fly independently from an instructor this is the point at which their learning really accelerates. The book examines the advanced techniques that will keep pilots safe in a range of conditions, whether they are dealing with a sudden increase in wind or are in danger of being sucked inside a cloud. It recommends the next training steps, including over-water safety clinics, and how to choose the right one. 

Going places: Flying solo involves developing competencies in navigating safely. All countries have airspace designed to protect paraglider pilots and other air users, including commercial aircraft, and keep everyone safe. Airlaw and airspace can be a dry topic, but our editors have made the essentials really simple and clear! The book also goes through the different kinds of instruments (variometers and GPS devices, satellite trackers) that will help navigation, and more.

  • Full colour, 320 pages
  • Flex-cover binding – tough and durable, but lightweight too
  • Designed to help pilots from 0-100 hours
  • Illustrated with photography and clear diagrams throughout

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