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Paragliding death at Crestline

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:49 pm

Posted by Rebardan (Dan DeWeese) on Sun, 01/06/2019
Topic title: "Failed Aero"
http://www.crestlinesoaring.org/node/2638

Advanced rated PG flying smooth sunset conditions at Crestline, impacts terrain during an acrobatic maneuver. Windy conditions and darkness impede the rescue efforts and responders were unable to reach the pilot until approximately 6 hours after the event. The pilot was found deceased when they arrived and the body recovered the following day by San Bernardino County Search and Rescue teams. Acrobatic endeavors push the envelope of safety to its extreme. Performing such maneuvers with minimal ground clearance reduces or even eliminates the possibility of chute deployment or recovery and place severe injury or death high on the list of probable outcomes. Theoretical? No. FACT.

This type of flying has become more common at Crestline ridge and we will no doubt be having this conversation again. The only question is, when.

Choosing when, where, and how you fly, is a lesson taught within the first days of training. Most accidents can be traced back to failures of the fundamentals taught those first few days. Choose wisely please. The God of statistics is paid regardless of all else and your choices determine if you will be the barter of the day. It is a very sad thing, this is.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby JoeF » Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:43 pm

Under 1 kg total system?

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Watch increase of quadriplegia and death ....
:arrow: No spinal protection
:arrow: Easier for helicities and vortexes and gusts and turbulence to collapse the single-skin canopy wing
:arrow: Easier to use.....
:arrow: "Oh no - now all the mass is on the human!" :: RM


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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby JoeF » Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:31 am

A YouTuber whose ‘mad science’ experiments drew billions of views has died in a paraglider crash
:arrow: Report noted sibling said Jonathan took up PG just 5 months ago.
:arrow: site in Utah
:arrow: 38 yrs old
:arrow: "King of Random"
:arrow: YouTube star killed in southern Utah paragliding accident
:arrow: reported missing around 10:30 p.m. Monday night. Found deceased on Tuesday,July 30, 2019.
:arrow: wife and four children
:arrow: Caution: PPG, not PG, it seems. See note from Rick Masters below.

Young aspiring engineer fan tells feelings:


:arrow: :arrow:
Rick Masters wrote:Powered PG, 5 month experience, 107F max temp, gusts to 17 mph in Hurricane, UT.

Crashed 2 miles east of town toward Zion National Park at an elevation 1000+ feet higher than he took off.

All the extra mass of PPG is not compensated by extra strength of the operator to counter collapse, spirals or twists.

Flying PPG in inland turbulence on a day like this is dancing with death.

I'm thinking about starting a YouTube series on freeflight accidents...
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby wingspan33 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:16 pm

Yea, the PG and PPG community will rationalize that this was all Jonathan's fault. Had he been flying a real wing with structure (even with some power source), he'd probably be at home right now with his wife and kids. So sad! :cry:
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby dhmartens » Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:54 pm

Tucker Gott - paramotor pilot analyzing paramotor crash videos.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby JoeF » Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:18 pm

Regarding recent Jonathan Grant Thompson's fatality in PPG: (see a few posts up in this topic thread)

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP)— A Utah sheriff’s official says the creator of the YouTube channel “King of Random” shot video that showed his fatal paragliding crash and that it indicates the craft crashed quickly after its chute collapsed
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby JoeF » Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:28 pm

The City of San Diego could outlaw use of their lands for launching manned high-aspect ratio non-airframed canopies: paragliders
for reasons surrounding PDMC.


Yes they could!
Maybe the City will!

Such action would be smart of that City.
It could save the City from being included as a defendant in a predicted class-action lawsuit regarding paragliding.

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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Bill Cummings » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:08 pm

Rick and Joe were saying the below information
before this report came out:
“According to the testimonies of witnesses the most common reasons of accidents were recorded as reverse wind, air turbulence, sudden closure of wings, misalignment of ropes and hard landing. Adverse weather conditions were certainly the most important issue for the risk of accident.”
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby dhmartens » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:53 pm

If a paraglider pilot gets a spinal injury and they had a spinal 3d scan before hand then they could get a 3d printed vertebrae installed.
http://www.3ders.org/articles/20171010- ... rgery.html

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