Without an Engine

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Temporarily I fly without engine. I came to Italian hang-gliding school.

I don’t have a license. I don’t know anything about terrain and aerology of that place. I do no fly regularly, and I did not fly almost a year. So, I am starting from a basic exercises.

The training approach is somewhat different here. Initially you run with a 21-square-meters hang-glider. The sail is very light, like the one used in paragliders. It’s very easy to take off, but relatively hard to control it: it flies by itself.

I start with a very low angle of attack. It means that I try to gain more speed, but I don’t lift off for a long time, which is bad. I simply don’t let it fly for a long time! I used to fly 16-meters hang-glider, which requires more speed on a take off. The flight itself is very unstable. But landings are pretty good. I spent a lot of time on them previously 🙂

They don’t put the hands out of the downtubes if the landing seems to be on the wheels. Possibly that is because the landing spot is totally flat without any rocks, bushes and plowed furrows.

Also they don’t use radio for initial training. The instructor just stands near the landing spot and shows turn direction (if needed). And during the landing he is usually rather close, and can just speak loudly.

The training itself is possible during almost the whole day: the training hill is between mountains, and there are neither dangerous turbulence nor strong winds even in the afternoon. Ideal place to training. I remember my training in Crimea, where I had to wake up at 5 in the morning…

There are two trees near the landing spot, “to be more precise”. Once I flew directly to the tree, happily it was pretty far away. Don’t look at the obstacle, because if you do it, it becomes a reference point 🙂

Totally I have some crazy number of 2-3-meters-height flights during the day, definitely more than 20. I used to practice it 5-7 times during my previous training… My take off is much better, my flight is much more stable 🙂

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