herculon wrote:join a taster course at your local paraglidinig school. there you will experience the joy of real flying ! hill-gliding will always be very short and on top of that extremely dangerous.
i promise you: once you got your first few real flights under a paraglider, you wont waste any thoughts anymore about short and ridiculous uncontrolled and unsafe hill-gliding with kites...
if you have mastered paragliding (thats not without a certain risk level) you can come back and try to master speed flying. my favourite video:
this is real mastery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM1l0DQumDw
hill gliding is not. if a thermal or turbulence of any kind hits you, your previously smooth glide gets into an uncontrollable nightmare, making you into a ragdoll getting tossed around, finally crashing you into the ground and leaving you there, crying if not instantly dead.
The problem with closing more cells than this is that when the glider collapses, the part of the glider with closed cells cannot collapse, and instead stays inflated. If this inflated section gets caught in the loose lines then this cause huge drag to build up, which can result in violent turning after a collapse, or spiraling, or even cravates. This is why the limit on the number of completely closed tip cells seems to have been reached.
herculon wrote:the problem with using kites is, that no one knows what happens if things go wrong. -
waynepjh wrote: Sometimes i will tow a friend up the hill looping and that puts much more force than hanging underneath it.
plummet wrote:hey snow kiters.
I understand some of you may use a kite harness and also a double up with a climbing harness.
maybe run some carabinas aswell as chicken loops?
Do you double up on any bridle lines or leader lines or line attachement points?
plummet wrote:Well this has been a useless thread. I asked what customised safety gear the snow kiters use and i get the paraglider police.
Im not jumping off massive mountains and gliding hundreds of feet off the ground. i'm jumping off a very small shallow sand dune with clean wind. I'm limiting myself to several feet off the ground. So in reality i'm not jumping any higher than i would on the flat. just gliding longer.
So.. . . . . please discontinue the paraglider police and if you do have your own personalised safety devices post them up.
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