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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby JoeF » Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:29 am

WPGA announces a reversal:

WPGA wrote:WPGA is now discouraging the use of paragliders for recreational flight
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby JoeF » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:49 pm

Rick Masters shared some notes:

Four soaring parachutists were killed last September 14, 16, 17 and the 28th in apparent collapse incidents on flights from Col Rodella in the Italian Dolomite Range.

What drives them to take such lemming-like risks? :?:

This fantastic GPS video by Fred Forcher provides a detailed examination of paragliding XC in the Dolomites from Col Rodella.

:arrow: https://youtu.be/xzv-LJB5mes

Wait 'till they find out that hang gliders don't collapse!

Oh, they're dead?

Nevermind.

:arrow: POV https://youtu.be/B2mJ82rTSKk
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby dhmartens » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:07 am

Such beautiful sites in the Dolomites and a total shame four foot launched pilots has to die when these accidents are totally avoidable for only a few hundred dollars in upgrades and flight techniques.

First: upgrade your vario with an electro magnetic(UFO)detector.
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https://www.amazon.com/s?k=ufo+detector
https://www.amazon.com/UFO-Detector-mag ... 424&sr=8-2
It has come to my attention that UFOs may be secret Russian aircraft capable of waking paragliders and killing their pilots for sport all while remaining undetectable.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics ... on-russia/

Second: Fly with a companion drone to detect turbulence when flying below 300feet/100 meters agl.
This is commonly referred to on the site as the Dead Man's Curve. I refer to it as an area of heightened awareness or heightened risk.

In hang gliding we call it a "Wind Dummy". The first pilot to launch, or test the air in a close by area.
Store the drone on top of your helmet when higher than 300" or 100 meters Agl. Otherwise release the drone to detect turbulence.

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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby JoeF » Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:32 pm

A new milestone - but not a milestone anyone wants to see

Hi Joe,
My research has reached a new milestone, but not the kind anyone wants to see.

As you know, I used the sinking of the HMS Titanic as a comparison to the horrible paragliding attrition since the sport's inception in 1986.
1,514 souls were lost when the passenger liner struck that iceberg.

It's hard to believe that paragliding reached that mark with 1,514 global free-flight fatalities back on May 22, 2016, by my incomplete count.
But a lot more have been lost in over three years since then, including 111 in this year of 2019.

This tally does not take into account powered paragliding.
But powered paragliding fatalities are increasing rapidly, reaching 331 by my latest incomplete count.

Adding all the fatalities under a paragliding canopy that I know of today, the total comes to 2,233.
This number is seven more than were on the Titanic when it left Liverpool.
We are now counting toward a second Titanic!

Rick Masters
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