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hi! beginner pilot here, fresh out of training. i'm buying my gear (along with my partner, who's at the same skill level as i am) and have settled on the spyder. it hasn't arrived yet, but we've been reading the manual to try and figure out when we want to use tip steering over brakes. the manual says that letting the trims out fully has the same effect as the speedbar. it also says when using the speedbar, you should use tip steering. but it doesn't say, specifically (as far as i can tell), whether that means you should use tip steering when the trims are fully out. any spyder or reflex wing owners here with wisdom?
Hello all. Here is what I consider to be an important note on wing selection for Paramotors. When I started flying 'paragliders' the wing options were simple. New pilots: super safe, super fun, stress free wing. (no one would have sold you anything other) without proof of skill level. Intermediate pilots: (maybe getting into XC comps) would start to look at a wing which required more 'pilot input for recovery' but only after testing one under the eye of the instructor. Advanced pilots: Basically you could not buy an advanced wing or an uncertified one. Some actual 'sky gods' were invited by manufacturers to use there uncertified wings and high end DHV 3 wings. This represented (at a guess) about half of one percent of the flying population at the time. As a result non of the dealers stocked or supplied such wings. It was left to the genuine hardcore few who had many many hours (better measured in months) of flying under there belts. It's hard to imagine I know but this was around 13 years ago when facebook, online shopping, and forums were not to be seen. ( As an aside, when I left the ARMY I was employed by a company called 'Smartgroups' which was set up by a Paragliding pilot as a way for pilots to connect, That company sold to Freeserve for £60 million later down the line because it was the very first of it's kind.... ) anyway... My point with that.. Online shopping was a new thing and people were scared of it. So what's changed? It's painful to say but the first thing I notice is that more people are getting hurt and dying in the last few years than in the last 13 at a scary rate. I don't think that this is just a 'numbers' thing like more people flying more people dying!! thats a BS thought process proven wrong by history. I think its an overall 'attitude' issue combined with the ability to go to an online shop, be sent an aircraft in the post with no hand over and no safety information after having never been asked "are you experienced enough for this wing?" is the problem here. People are thinking of wings like a pair of NIKE trainers... A new one comes out with a snazzy video and forget the target market (acro, slalom and so on that half a percent I mentioned ) but many of the current generation of paramotor pilots seems to be swaying towards owning the latest new hot pair of trainers even if there are pins in the sole. Online shops are going to literally 'kill' this sport in my opinion. I have worked in the industry for enough time to be able to have watched it happening. The scary thing is, it's happening more and more every single year. I guess my message is this.. NEW pilots: Stop buying online without advice from someone other than the seller. Best option, an instructor! Pilots: think before you opt for a sporty wing just to be 'in with the kids' and get a proper handover explanation from a real instructor not a web master. Ask yourself why you want it? Ask your wife, girlfriend, children, if they think it's wise. And know the added risk of owning it. (actually read up) Dealers: ASK your customer, you have a duty off care, if you sell and advanced wing to a new pilot just to make a few hundred quid then you need to take a time looking in the mirror asking yourself if the risk of someones life was worth it. Manufacturers: Stop selling directly, stop making such nasty wings and selling them to people with little to no airtime and then washing your hands. SW