Even a simple descent from a 50-meter training hill can stir a whirlpool of emotions in XC (cross-country) Paragliding. The initial challenge is the frequent climbs back up the hill. While winch-assisted takeoffs offer a solution, they come with their own set of costs and queues. However, once you experience dynamic flight – the ability to glide effortlessly for hours – you realize its allure.
Mastering XC Paragliding: Your Path to Advanced Flying
Welcome to our comprehensive tutorial on Cross-Country (XC) Paragliding, a section dedicated to elevating your flying skills to new horizons. XC Paragliding is about exploring vast distances, harnessing thermals, and embracing the freedom of long-duration flights. This tutorial is designed for those who have moved beyond the basics and are ready to embark on more ambitious adventures in the sky. We cover crucial aspects such as advanced thermal techniques, navigation strategies, flight planning, and safety measures tailored for XC flights. Gear up to transcend boundaries and join the elite circle of XC paragliders, navigating the skies with confidence and skill.
So, let's start by explaining the basic ability of an XC pilot: handling flows. The difficulty is that the air is not visible. A paraglider can perceive it only “by touch” - by the way, his light wing throws from side to side. At the same time, a flight, especially a flight in a flow, is so unlike what happens to us in ordinary life that most people are unable to immediately find the optimal algorithm of actions. There are no analogies, all for the first time.
So, you carefully read the advice from the previous chapter, learned everything, climbed into the sky and stuck into the lift zone.