Extreme, but not that much!
You are a person who enjoys adventures and sports in contact with nature, aren't you? But it is not like taking unnecessary risks. Tandem flight on paraglider or hang glider becames safer if we follow some recommendations. Free flight is an extreme sport. We are never free from the danger, but we may mitigate and reduce the risk of accidents.
Human error is the root cause of most accidents, usually characterized by: lack of hability, recklessness or negligence.
The Deviations Pyramid (or accident pyramid) shows a proportion observed in real life: the greater the number of deviations, the greater the number of accidents. By eliminating or reducing deviations (caused by human error) we seek to reduce the likelihood of an accident to something close to zero.
Who is in charge of the double flight is the pilot. However, the passenger must assume responsibility for what happens to him, since before the flight he must normally sign a term assuming this risk. For this reason, it is important to know a little more about safety in free flight, as we don't just want to count on luck, do we?
In our daily life, we are not free from accidents. At home or at the streets, at work or on vacation, we are always living along with danger. Here are some examples:
Mitigating the risk
We must eliminate the DEVIATIONS on behavior and procedures, which are the base of the pyramid. These are examples of MITIGATING measures that we take on a daily basis.
Be on the safe side
After chosing your tandem pilot, all procedures and decisions are left to him. But before deciding to take off, the lay passenger can observe some factors, especially regarding the weather condition.
Examples of UNSAFE conditions for paragliding flight:
If there are gusts above 30 km/h the difficulty to make a good takeoff considerably increases. To give you a reference, if the wind is shaking tree branches, don't take off!
Lateral or "tail" wind
Lateral wind is difficult to assess by a layman. The tail wind can be easily perceived - it is the wind contrary to the head wind. The correct thing is to take off in the direction against the wind. If the wind is a tail, don't take off!
Risk of rain
In rainy seasons it is not recommended to practice the flight. The equipment, if wet, can lose its aerodynamics. A storm presents an enormous risk of a very serious accident, even fatal. If it is raining or if you can see cumulonimbus clouds from the ramp, don't take off!
Cb (Cumulunimbus cloud) in Sapiranga - RS
Have a nice flight!
All these precautions observed, being in the hands of a good pilot, just relax and enjoy the flight! Free flight equipment has evolved a lot in the last 10 years, reaching a very high level of safety. They are designed by computer, hard tested and certified by European EN standard for behavior in different situations.
Watch the videos on this page and start being touched by the desire to be close to the clouds and birds!