Hope he gets more training !!waynepjh wrote:You can try and reach above the twists to stear the wing.
Its taught to pilots when learning to fly.
Glad he is going to be ok!!!
It looks like he is out of control from the gopro footage, because he is spinning under the wing with line twists (and maybe he thought the paraglider was spinning too - it can be disorientating spinning like that). But the wing is flying stable with a only slow turn. Not many options really. I think reaching up and steering above the twists would be very difficult, even if you manage to reach that high it would be difficult to identify which lines are the brake or rear riser lines. Steering below the twists is a no-no as the twists might keep the brake line pulled down leading to a spin. Same goes for weight shift steering and even if physically possible, doing it while spinning under the wing? I dont think so. I cannot see whether he had a reserve but that might have been an option as he might have had enough altitude at the start of the twists for the reserve to open. But then you're still faced with a water landing in the PPG - so not really any better than landing with the stable paraglider. So again, really not many options. I would have just ridden it out, try to clear the twists in the limited time available and hope not to land in power lines or on a busy highway or into a wall. Staying with the wing he would have probably landed in those same trees and walked away. The PPG cage, frame and harness does offer lots of protection. But jumping is definitely not an option. Any material above your head to slow you down is better than a freefall.Mossy 757 wrote:So his lines were clearly twisted and he seems to be going fast and out of control, but not unrecoverably so.
What would you have done differently? Assuming that the engine had stopped providing thrust, what are the emergency procedures for a malfunction of this sort?
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