APPI paragliding course: Study day

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Experience is the best teacher, but let the other guy be the one who flies through the rotor.

The day started with a lot of reading and studying, ensuring I get the weather chapters right!

The weather is one of the most important aspects of flying, considering the possibility of launching-flying-landing is all dependent on the wind conditions, you better know your mark.

Geography.
Keep learning!

With the early lunch done and the Sun rising up hard and strong, we moved to the hill top.

 

 

Packing the tempo to the brim with flying and kiting glider.

While making a good 60 min drive to the flying site more fun, Tarim played some good Bollywood music.

https://youtu.be/kvsgJV1r0Kc

Reaching the spot, winds were a bit cross, so we waited for a bit and while we waited, dabbled in some good old kiting.

Colourful BGD glider.

With the wind placed right, we suited up for taking off from old launch area but even that wind turned out to be a bummer, we mushroomed and moved quickly to the new launch area and within minutes hit the skies with full vengeance.

A couple of hours of uneventful soaring is what I wanted and instead what I got was a lesson of a lifetime!

We were up in the air and considerable amount of traffic(gliders) was in sight, we were following the ridge rules (set of 4 rules to follow while flying off a cliff) suddenly on my right, I see Danvir sir moving in front of me waving a big HELLO, at that point it didn’t look much of a trouble, we got back to focussing on our respective flights and enjoying the view from the top.

After a good 45 min of flying, I approached for landing in regular figure of eights and landed close to the spot.

On landing, these two village lads joined in helping me pack the glider,

Kishan & Vinayak, eager to help and learn!

I packed and reached out to Danvir sir, we both knew the importance of that meaningful man to man conversation and exchange of fear we both had that moment.

It is always good fun to catch up on co-pilots on the ground but this interaction with Colonel Danvir Singh sir would be etched in both our minds for long.

Catching up on a breath.

 

Found my sweet spot on the ground with packed glider giving me back support and chai-poha for a company, it was bliss.

 

Final evening shot from the site.

Ohh wait, the final shot has to be of Tarim’s innovative way of relaxing while heading back to base, he lunged himself into the back of the truck and snuggled into the pack of gliders.

Tarim and his relaxation methods.

Over and out.

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