APPI Paragliding course: Radio & venturi moment


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Watch the flight path and an interesting radio conversation between instructors. 

An early briefing ensured we were all out of our beds earlier than usual.

The debrief is a routine affair which basically breaks down your earlier flight, flight plan, execution, mistakes learnings and put them all together in front of the whole bunch of students for everyone to learn from your mistakes.

Sometimes when you have made a blunder the earlier day, you wait in anticipation of being slaughtered in front of the crowd the next day. Today wasn’t my day.

I had a decent flight yesterday barring a “can do better” landing approach which isn’t Hara-Kiri and I am safely grounded next to Avi sir.

The briefing was comparatively eased out as it was a decent flight day yesterday.

After a quick wrap up, I had a capsule 6 taught out by Jeetu sir, it had

  1. Intermediate pilot syndrome: Basically when you think you know it all!
    2. Equipment caretaking: Get them to the masters!
  2. Emergency landing on
    a. Tree: Always a hugger? Hug the tree.
    B. Water: It’s as good as a concrete slab if you fall wrong.
    C. Road: Indian road traffic is where people look out for each other. pun intended.
    D. power line: Can’t even think. After this session wrapped up, I rushed to get my harness setting checked as I was told I sat 90deg in the harness and it looked uncomfortable(though I was comfortably settled in)Post checking the harness, I doubled checked on my adventure camera to be mounted on my thighs through a thigh strap, feeling good about it, I rushed for my essential power nap post that amazing veg lunch.

All geared up for the glider plugged in, I rushed in to pack my glider, kiting glider, a bottle of water.

In the cruiser vehicle, we interact with all the APPI pilots and share stories which remain with you for a while, I had one to share from today’s fly day.

Dummies in the air.

True to the heading, one of the amateur pilot’s radio conked off mid-flight and she wasn’t aware of the ridge limitations and ended up passing the right limitation by 100ft which could have been dangerous but luckily she takes a quick left and is back in the circuit.

Fellow pilots are asked to indicate her to head for landing which we do by shouting at her while we whizz past her. She hears something and understands a bit of it and finally, she guesses she needs to head out into the wind for landing.

I think all the pilots on her frequency were looking out for her and were relieved once we saw her connect with landing marshall through hand signals and she could finally land on her feet. Well done Ishika. 🙂

Coming back to me,

On reaching the New takeoff area, we spread our gliders and were ready to soar!

I plugged in my go-pro nervously into my thigh strap and put it all together for a near smooth launch.

A bit of venturi suck in on the left-hand side of the take-off could have been avoided if I had noticed that I was drifting into the thick tree cluster, this is called situational awareness, well learning again and I moved out of the venturi zone to get going in the frontal ridge area.

I flew for good 40 min when I was asked to head for the lake losing height but instead, I headed back to the ridge to gain some height to complete some basic tasks.

Post the exercises of “Big ears”+ “Speed bar” I headed for landing and made a landing approach closer to the rocks, technically I was 5 ft away from the ditch and made my glider deflate over the rocks which reduce the lifespan of the glider(not a cool thing) and this wa was noticed by both Avi sir and Ganpat sir and knowing my go-pro was ON, THEY SHOUTED into the radio, “Bad boy” MULTIPLE TIMES to etch it in my memory and digital memory of how I could have saved the glider.

Packed my glider and headed for my cuppa and Poha, some random chatter with Danvir sir and this 14-year-old Kiddo Om!

Picture this.
The flying familia.



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