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Hello all!

A couple of attempts at reverse launches with a friend's wing at the weekend saw me 'jump flying' on my second attempt! As pleased as i was, there was one aspect of the technique that i could not get my head around. :S

'Placing one hand on one brake and reaching over (or under) for the A risers'....etc etc.

Can anyone explain where to put which hands before pulling the wing up, if i were to do a reverse launch and then turn anti-clockwise (to the left) for the run?

Maybe you have a rhyme to help? Or just practise with a traditional written method? Or a few detailed step by step pictures?

If i can crack this, then it means i can go out into my own field and practise this without the need for someone else to be there!

Thanks alot,

Josh. :D

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I stand in the forward launch position, controls in the correct hands, then I just grab the riser (left or right) over the head and turn around. Which ever riser is on top - that is the way you turn when the wing is up. No faffing about with anything then, simply grab the a's and pop her up, turn and go - everything will be right.

Obviously there are other methods, but that works for me and seems 'simples' (as our friend the meeeeeeerkat would say)!

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To clip in for a reverse launch I hold the risers so that the A's are facing upwards. I then to a 180 degree turn of the risers to the left so that the A's are pointing towards the ground. Then I simply clip the riser into the closest karabiner.

To lauch the wing, I take the brake on my left into my left hand and the one on the right in my right hand. I then take the A's in my left hand and my D's in the right hand. I can then pull on the A's to bring the wing up and the D's to bring the wing down.

The other note is the brakes, and something I still have to get my brain to work on, the brake in the left hand controls to right side of the wing and visa-versa. So if the wing is going towards the left, you move left and use the brake on the left.

Probably not explained very well as I'm still learning myself but can recommend a book such as "The Powered Paragliding Bible" which has alot of good info in it although it is aimed at the American market.

Good luck and enjoy your flying!!

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The easy way to remember this is:

Look up at the center dot on your wing.

If it moves left, you move left and pull with your left hand.

If it moves to the right, you move right and pull with your right hand.

Ref launch turn direction......

I teach for people not to fix on a direction of turn for launch, The reason for this is if you have a failed take off and you turn back to face the wing the 'wrong' way, you find yourself in an unfamilliar place.

If you use the rule (as Huff mentions above) which ever riser set is on the top is the way that you turn, you will benefit from being able to turn in any direction when doing a reverse.

I can almost say 100% that you WILL see pilots with high hours, getting all confused at take off becasue the HAVE to turn left or right and they are set up 'incorrectly' for the launch.

In a nutshell, look at your risers just before you get the wing up, and you know which way to turn.

Ref Clipping in,

I will do a You Tube vid over the next few days if you think it will help.

SW :D

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Thanks for all the answers so far! I think with a bit of practise it will all come as a second nature.

Simon: The vid sounds like it would help alot not only for me, but for other beginners! Will be easier to remeber as well as we can 'fakey-launch' whilst watching the video.

Cheers again,

Josh.

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To clip in for a reverse launch I hold the risers so that the A's are facing upwards. I then to a 180 degree turn of the risers to the left so that the A's are pointing towards the ground. Then I simply clip the riser into the closest karabiner.

You've missed crossing the risers over each other.

Phil

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Phil :: After the turn the riser are crossed. If you hold and turn them as one 'unit' then this puts the crossover in.

Simon :: Video sounds like an excellent idea. Maybe you could do a series of them to help students. Would be especially useful for reference in between lessons when we want to practice at home.

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