• Paulo JPX

How to Learn to Fly hang gliding

In this article I will explain what you will have to do to learn fly hang gliding, why there is not a book that teaches you something that practice is 80% of the course. Let us then begin with the theoretical part, and then there will be only the practical part.

1. How the hang glider flies: The hang glider is a glider and as such has no engines, for this it is necessary the wind to stay in the air, as it has no propulsion the hang glider needs to take off from a high place, that is, from the top of a mountain. The delta wing has an aerodynamic profile that allows the same glide, that is, to fall smoothly. If the wing only drops as the wings can get higher than the ramp where it took off, there are two ways, both taking advantage of the vertical wind, it can be the wind that touches the relief and lift or the wind coming from the thermals . How are thermals born? We have two forms of thermals, those that are detached from the ground by some trigger or those that come from the clouds, but which originated from a trigger. What are thermal triggers? Imagine a roof of a house and water running down that roof, find a bolt and this water will accumulate until it loosens and drips. This study can be done analogously with the air fluid, rather than being the water is the wind running horizontally from the ground and encountering an obstacle and stopping with the arrival of more wind and this accumulation and friction and this r warming up until becoming warmer than the ambient air until it discharges and rises to the edge where the clouds begin to form. The clouds formed by this trigger mentioned above are gaining in size, strength and energy, until it begins to pull the air from below (forming more thermals) and self-developing. The aerodynamic profile works with the relative speed of the wind, once flying the flight itself makes the profile take action, but before flying, this speed is given by the pilot of the hang glider, running on the ramp with the wing balanced and with a correct angle of attack.

2. The steps of the practical part In the first moment it is important to know the hang glider and its details and everything that configures the same, so that we do not forget anything, in this class you should assemble the hang glider, everything very simple and in this assembly learning the name of the components. The second moment is adjust the belt that will be used on you to connect the hang glider. The third moment is the attitude to be taken in case of forced landing (crash). The fourth moment is to run with the balanced wing, of course for that we will pass for an intermediate moment to balance the hang glider on the shoulders. The fifth and infinite moment is to take off higher and higher until we reach a flight 30 meters high and 10 seconds in the air In the next moment with the delta wing you will do the rollover, you take off with your hands in the bars and when the wing goes in flight you lie down and hold in the lower part called speed bar, speed bar this is rollover and to land the reverse movements called the knock-out. After that you should do one or two flights with your instructor (tandem flight), just to get airborne. Now you can fly alone.


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