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Control of Speedflyer.

As a Hangglider pilot, I have some questions about Speedflying:
Read through the GIN theoretical course available on the net.
Went up with some questions:
How can you best describe and how do you gain control of the following:

• Sliding
• Glider reactivity
• Roll, pitch, yaw: control Pitch ?`Brackes how do they affect pitch, is there any other way then speed to control the pitch ?

• Collapses, stalls, spins, can the speedglider collapse ? What is the early warnings ? In what conditions does it collapse or stall

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re: Some more questions

Can you change the pitch while riding ?
Yes, but its not normally adjusted mid flight.

How does weight shifting actually take place, can you lean forward / side to side a little bit in the harness to gain forward pitch or roll movement ?
Yes, and exactly like you would when HangGliding or riding motorbike etc. Due to shorter lines than a standard paraglider small pilot movements have a big effect on the wing. This is why skis are better than using a snowboard if you have a harness where connections are near the hips. Twisting will direct the wing in a direction opposite to the lead leg. (Right leg forwards - wing will try and turn left)

Is there any good instruction videos ?
No - no instruction videos available.
If you want to see how and how not to fly see my Speed-Flying YouTube Channel... http://www.youtube.com/speedflya Has pretty much every Speed-Riding/Flying video worth watching index in the various play lists. A project I am slowly putting together is a rough how to fly guide and will be uploaded to the Guuidelines section - but it wont be designed as step by step teach yourself.

Is the handling and basics exactly the same as with a paraglider ?
Only similar - not exactly the same - knowing know to fly a paraglider would be a big bonus when learning.

I saw in the recent C.I.B video posted here that people are doing relatively short controlled jumps by what seems as actually jumping up and pulling hard on both handles, can that movement inflict a quick stall? (Comparing to hanggliding here)
Any thing which unloads the wing can cause stall. same as the pendulum effect - to much forward speed then apply full brakes. will have you swing out from under the wing then drops back behind you as you swing back under. without height you hit the ground either on tails of your skis or worse on your back.

 

Some more questions.

Can you change the pitch while riding, or must the pitch be changed before start, with the trimmers for the back and front risers ?

How does weight shifting actually take place, can you lean forward / side to side a little bit in the harness to gain forward pitch or roll movement ?

Is there any good instruction videos somewhere on the net to explain the various control moments and the reactivity of the wing? That would be interesting to see!

Is the handling and basics exactly the same as with a paraglider ?

I saw in the recent C.I.B video posted here that people are doing relatively short controlled jumps by what seems as actually jumping up and pulling hard on both handles, can that movement inflict a quick stall? (Comparing to hanggliding here)

re: Control of Speedflyer

Notes are for - School Slopes so basically

Sliding = Skiing with the glider overhead on a shallow slope.

Glider Reactivity = The pilot gets to feel how the wing handles using toggle input to control the position of the wing - in other word - it is what is known as 'Kiting' the wing.

Pitch = Pilot learns about Trim adjustement and settings for best glide for the the terrain they are flying.

Roll & Yaw = How to steer the wing in flight - by toggle and body movements, weight shift and carved turns when skiing.

Collapse, Stall, Spins etc.
Can a wing Collapse - Yes, normally in very gusty or turbulant winds it is possible, also during launching when the wing doesn't inflate correctly.  Can also collapse when there is not enough forward speed to keep the wing inflated.

Stall = Too much toggle/brake input  that the trailing edge of the wing collapses

Spin = Too much toggle input on one side of the wing when steering will put the wing into a spin and if at low level very big possibility you will crash into the ground as you loose height very quickly.