APPI paragliding course: Instructor life

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The day started with everyone murmuring in unison, “It’s Ganpat sir’s birthday”!

Ganpat sir is one of the most assuring voice you will hear in the skies of Kamshet, a voice you would know has it in control, not only himself but you and your glider is also under his control such is his understanding of the sport. Highly regarded in the fraternity by old and new and it was his BIRTHDAY!

Birthday boy lost in the crowd of well-wishers!

Today’s de-brief was packed and was termed “Sunday houseful”

Packed energy!

I crashed into Akash sir’s class for P1, always fun to sit for a class you have already done because clearly you haven’t.

Akash sir with his Alps story. ūüôā

Jeetu sir took our capsule 5 which included sessions and understanding on,

Jeetu sir explaining sun-thermals-clouds, cause SRK didn’t explain it enough. (Suraj¬†hua madham)¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
  1. Mechanics of flight
  2. Weather

The session was interrupted by Spikey crashing in with his wagging tail and absolute cuteness!

Spikey sir, teaching us how to be calm and composed. Always.    

Post the session a bit of chilling with the team and a heavy Sunday lunch we headed for a quick nap.

The brief was given and I was more than happy to know my ridge soaring schedule and tasks at hand.

Task:
1 360degree turns
2. Speed bar
3. Big Ears

On reaching the site, the wind conditions looked great albeit, with a hint of crosswind, we decided to wait for a while and then launch the experienced club pilots first as they would be our test dummies!

Once they were in the air and we had an idea of how things are going on, Instructors planned our launch and there I was, excited to soar in the skies next to majestic Fort Tungi and over the scenic Pawna lake.

Lines, glider, sun. Life.

I took off smoothly and was in air for a couple of seconds when I was radio to check a knot on the brake line, a risky proposition in this sport but the tangle was not much and I was able to handle it well, post which I started soaring in the figure of 8 following the ridge rules.

The view was usual magical, green grass blue skies, green swimming pool bottoms and a setting sun. Absolute stunner!

Setting sun.
In to the sun. Literally.

After a long flight of 50 min, I was asked to head into the wind as P1 pilots were taking off and they needed clearer traffic to handle their first flight ever!

I was being guided by the Avi sir, I was about to overshoot the landing¬†spot, though I knew what was happening I didn’t take any action and was hovering and gliding past the spot, to which I was asked to take a swerve and go behind and create space for me to be able to land perfectly, eventually I did a perfect landing with some soundings from the chief. Phew!

Good flying mate.

At the landing area, all you will hear is excited voices and uncontained happiness.

Sat down with a cup of chai and Poha to end my evening with a smile.

Chai, poha, lake, sunset, fulfilling flying.

It’s fun to have so much fun. Amen.

Closing with this beautiful pic of Tungi fort.

A capture to finish all capture!

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