Tips & Techniques
There fairly rare
but if you find yourself with your wing tip looking like this picture
don't panic just lean away from it and keep your direction with a little
brake the opposite side ie the side your leaning towards! Then once
you have got yourself a straight line take at arm's length the stabilo
line and pull it all the way down and let it go! It's as simple as that,
you may have to pump the brake the same side as the cravat if there's
a slight tuck still.
Take a look at the
other picture here and notice my left hand holding the camera pole,
then follow to the riser, you can see on my C riser there is a red line
furthest outer at about 9 o'clock "this is my stab line".
Look for it on your glider next time your out flying, if your not sure
ask me to show you on the hill. It's one of the least talked about line
yet it's so needed in times like a cravat. A video will be uploaded
First lay the glider with the left wing tip into wind and down the hill
side and the right wing tip up the hillside, so the left wing tip is
sitting into the wind, it's very important to fold the wing tip sitting
into the wind over a little bit to weight it down to stop the wind blowing
it up the hill before your ready to launch.
Take the downwind riser and check it's all straight and ready to connect
to the harness and lay it down onto the ground, do the same with the
into wind riser taking care not to pull and be too rough with this riser
or it will make the into wind side of the glider flip and get all messy.
I myself walk towards the glider risers while wearing my harness and
knowing I turn to the right when I launch I bring both risers together
making sure they are not twisted and that the speed system pulleys are
on top, then I turn them in a 180 degree twist to the right and connect
them to my harness.
I'm now ready to
launch from the cobra position.
You can see my left arm gently pulling the right side riser to start
the downwind wing tip to start rising into the wind window, the glider
will slowly cobra it's way to the wind as long as you pull slowly and
gently, you do not pull aggressively, hard or with any speed here, it's
all about being gentle.
Once the glider has slid into wind all the way and looking like a kite
surfer all you do is gently pull the right brake to bring the glider
over your head and walk off the hill. Picture 12: I am now pulling
the right brake to bring the glider over head.
Picture 13: We are running off the hill!
I have been using
this launch for years and it's especially great for tandem flying but
can be used no problem for flying solo. It's all about good positioning
of the glider and yourself, you don't want to be standing ready to launch
with the down wind tip trying to launch itself. You need to take a small
step towards the trailing edge and very slightly backwards towards the
downwind wing tip, doing this makes for a great smooth cobra launch.
When you gently ease on the right i.e. downwind riser to launch make
sure you lean a lot away from the glider in a smooth way to be ready
for the pull. It's all very easy when done gently. I do offer training
ground handling days if you want to work with me on this or any ground
handling techniques. More pictures coming soon on this section and a
video will be added here real soon so stand by.
Thank's and I hope
this helps some of you out there ML.