Safety is the most important word and paramount for our Paraglider Ground Handling exercise PGGHe propagation in order to prevent serious accident and preserve life.

The most dangerous part in Paraglider Ground Handling exercise (PGGHe) is the misconception of “some” fully qualified PG pilots that after several days of PG training (approx 5 days for Elementary Pilot (EP) course followed by approx 10 days for Club Pilot (CP) course), we are already capable to ground handle our PG wings safely – this is wrong. Paraglider Ground Handling exercise (PGGHe) skills are too impossible to learn for only approx 15 days at PG school to maintain safe operation within our local parks and specially on hilltop launch site during strong wind. All of us want to do it safely but the clear issue is that some of us don’t understand our limits in terms of PGGHe “skills” particularly during “strong wind” –  this is very dangerous. For this reason, the only solution is a continuous practice to build up our PGGHe skills after CP graduation.

For PG competition pilots, PGGHe skills will find them very useful in terms of safety specially if they are first in a cue during high wind takeoff. If PGGHe is mastered, pilot can safely control their wing during extreme condition from unwanted vertical takeoff or being dragged by their wings running over other PG pilots in a downwind cue or destroying others property and hurting ourselves.

For youngsters, pensioners and even disabled people, PGGHe is a very effective physical and mental exercise within our local parks but we need first to learn how to implement it safely. There is no need to fly for this type of ground exercise (flying might be an option in the future once PGGHe is mastered). It needs  a continuous practice to build up our PGGHe skills in order for us to do it safely.

PGGHe (ppg) is very important during search/relief/rescue operations within an unforgiving terrain when executing takeoff and landing sequence.  PGGHe is very useful for those ppg pilots who implement inspections, first aid delivery, relief operation within disaster area where road access is not passable. It is proven that after natural disasters, landing/takeoff area is not that user friendly therefore PGGH skills will play a lot of role when it comes to safety operation in this type of environment.

Situational awareness is very important for our safety. We need to understand all dynamic factors within our PGGHe environment. The obstacles, wind directions, possible build up of mechanical or thermal turbulence producing rotors/vortex, intermittent wind cut-off and even dust devil. Knowing in advance where exactly are those rabbit holes or golf holes locations can prevent a broken ankle. Remember, most of the time, we are looking at the wing during reverse PGGHe. We very seldom look at the ground (1 to 2 seconds max during unstable high wind to avoid wing collapse and be dragged downwind). It is also important to check the previous issues within this particular environment and to be very aware of what is the current environment situation so that at least we can predict what will happen next. Situational awareness is one of the best way to avoid accident, today and beyond.

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See actual video footage example below as a proof why Paraglider Ground Handling exercise PGGHe is so important to practice it continuously and do it in a safe way:

Note: Author edited the first video showing only failed ground handling before takeoff to minimise time of watching. You just need to watch at least 20 seconds from this video footage to realise the importance of PGGHe in terms of safety. Video footage below clearly shows lack of PGGH skills. Those collapsed wing before facing forward can be avoided if PGGHe is mastered. Read More