Average Flat Aspect Ratio over the years

by Paragliding Info Adminon 17/04/2014
Magnus Auvinen has made this brilliant data chart showing Paraglider’s average flat aspect ratio over the years.  More of his cool charts and a discussion about aspect ratio over at Paragliding Forum. Share the info on...

Airflow Explained by Moving Image Infogram

by Paragliding Info Adminon 16/04/2014
This simple and silent video explains with uncomplicated graphics how airflow behaves in different situations and times of day. Share the info on...

Clever°Franke Weather Charts

by Paragliding Info Adminon 11/04/2014
Each year, CLEVER°FRANKE (C°F) publishes a weather chart. In these annual charts, they explore methods to visualise last year’s weather. 2013: We examined the global weather data of ±30,000 weather stations over the past 50 years. This is based on the analysis of 736,995,534 global measurements of the National Climatic Data Center measured in the […]

Avoiding Blowback

by Paragliding Info Adminon 20/03/2014
© Jeff Greenbaum Being blown behind a ridge or a mountain is one of the greatest hazards of Paragliding. Once you get into a blow-back situation, the penalties include power lines, extreme rotor turbulence, tree landings, and possible death or injuries from any of these. Prevention is the best way to avoid such a scenario. Jeff Greenbaum […]

Pilot Currency Barometer

by Paragliding Info Adminon 20/03/2014
The Pilot Currency Barometer published by The British Gliding Association may be intended for Glider pilots but is just as relevant to us Paragliding pilots. The level of risk varies considerably dependent on many factors including the pilots experience and currency. Other factors include fitness to fly, familiarity with equipment, understanding the operating environment (including the weather) […]

How the Sun, Water and Mountains affect Wind Patterns

by Paragliding Info Adminon 03/03/2014
Excerpt and illustrations from The Biosphere by Pearson Education, Inc. Uneven Heating of Earth’s Surface Energy from the sun warms Earth’s surface. But because of Earth’s spherical shape, different locations on Earth’s surface receive different amounts of solar energy. Near the equator, the sun’s rays strike the surface most directly. At latitudes farther from the equator the rays […]