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Proper equipment planning will help you progress through your paragliding lessons more quickly and with less overall cost. The following equipment planning guide is designed to assist you to purchase your paragliding equipment.
We work very hard to make you a safe competent pilot. We continue to guide and support you long after you have received your Novice rating. You may be able to find a glider or reserve cheap on the internet, but be warned you never really know what you are getting. When you buy gear from Eagle Paragliding you get continuing support and guidance as you grow into an experienced pilot. The learning never ends with paragliding. This is one of the most exciting things about the sport. We are constantly feeding our minds with new ideas which help us become better pilots. Buying gear from Eagle Paragliding means you can trade your gear in for an upgrade when you are ready to try a new wing. We give you good value for your wing and get you into something modern if you have been on the same wing for two or three years. We are also there to help you with lines and sail cloth repairs. The small amount of money you may save initially isn't worth losing in the long run. We need to sell gear to ALL the students who go through our program in order to provide a staff that is top notch. If you can't afford to pay full price for a new equipment package, please talk to your Eagle instructor before making a move. We can offer you payment terms for your equipment, or save you some money by opting to get used gear.
It is important to purchase your paraglider early in your lessons so you develop a feel for its handling. The Glider that you end up purchasing will depend on its LTF / EN Rating and your takeoff weight. We will recommend the Glider that we think will work best for you in these two areas. We import 4 premium paragliding brands, so you will have a large selection of gliders that we can both choose from. We recommend you purchase your glider after your 3rd or 4th day at the training hill.
The Harness is the piece of equipment that you secure to your body to, and connect to the glider. The fitting of harnesses are much like shoes, in that every harness fits everyone different. We have a large selection of harnesses that are available to our students, and you will be able to try each harness to determine which feels like the right fit. It is important to purchase your harness early in your lessons so that it can be adjusted to your specifications in time for you to transition to this gear for your first mountain flights. We recommend you purchase your glider and harness after your 3rd or 4th day at the training hill.
EMERGENCY RESERVE SYSTEM (PARACHUTE)
The emergency reserve system is required for all high altitude mountain flights above 500ft. We put you in the simulator and go over the steps in successfully deploying your reserve parachute. The cost of this training is normally $50, and is included free when you purchase your reserve from Eagle Paragliding.
Having your own personal helmet is required for the mountain high flights. We use open face helmets at our training hill. Full face helmets are used for high flights in the mountains.
TWO - METER RADIO & RADIO HARNESS
The radio is an essential part of your equipment. We guide you at the training hill on the radio, and in the mountains. The radio will aid you with information from other pilots while you are flying. We need to check in and give our location every 15 minutes when flying the mountains. The radio also allows you to make contact with your chase vehicle after landing so you can get picked up. If you were to land out in the bushes or injure yourself, the radio becomes essential for retrieval and rescue. It is also recommended to get a back up battery case which holds AA batteries just in case you run out of juice at the wrong time. Most pilots acquire their amateur radio license. You will find information about acquiring this license on the Eagle Paragliding website.
This is one of my favorite pieces of equipment. It allows pilots to get comfortable in their harness without having to be active on their control inputs, and gives you a footrest for your flight. I cringe when I see pilots wiggling into their harness by grabbing their risers with their hands off the brakes. Never grab the risers to push yourself back into your seat with your brakes in your hands, or to reach down and grab your seat board to make the adjustment with the brakes in your hands. Active piloting is what it is all about, and the stirrup allows us to continue to be active pilots while getting comfortable in our harness. The speed bar runs through a sleeve on the stirrup.
VARIOMETER & GPS
The variometer gives you the advantage of mapping out thermals as you attempt to soar and make altitude gains. A variometer gives you key information like altitude, time, and an audio tone for climb and decent rate. Variometers keep pilots safer by helping them find the core of the thermal. This keeps pilots away from the edges of the lift which can be turbulent, and succeeds in maximizing your climbs. The GPS give you ground speed, heading, and exact location should you need a pick up or assistance. This piece of equipment has completely changed the way paragliding competitions are run.
I recommend getting a flight deck to hold your GPS and Variometer. The deck clips onto your harness and sits in your lap for an easy view while you fly. You can store water, extra batteries, your cell phone, and other gear in the zipper compartment under the deck.
Although a flight suit is not required, most pilots end up making the investment at some point. It's nice to zip the suit on quickly at launch before you fly. We often overdress for the temperature at launch in preparation for colder temperatures at altitude. The flight suit allows you to organize your gear without overheating on launch. Once you have completed the preflight check and set up, zip on your flight suit and you're ready for the colder weather at altitude.
The Concertina Bag makes packing your glider much easier, especially in higher winds. The bag also provides protection from the sun when you are training and take a break. These bags are popular for the convenience they provide. The Concertina Bag also protects the mylars on the leading edge of the glider and reduces the amount of creasing in them.
Hook knives are a good thing to have accessible when you're in flight. They could become very handy if you end up landing in water. You can attach a hook knife to the webbing on your harness for easy access.