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8/30/2013 Paramotor World Speed Record!! SUPERDELL Schanze, the WPPGA Paramotor World Champion, ups the ante by braking his own world speed record once again. This time on the new XXS Dominator paraglider from U-Turn USA. To get an accurate speed you must clock it with a GPS in both directions and then take the average to eliminate any tail wind from being a factor. By clocking both directions and taking the average on GPS ground speed you get a very accurate true air speed and 51 mph is indeed the fastest paraglider in the history of time. The previous record was 50 mph set on the 11sm Morpheus acro glider. Unlike the Morpheus acro glider which was really lacking in safety and ease of launch the Dominator is a paraglider that is so incredibly safe it is the very wing that SUPERDELL puts his own children on when they fly. This is an enourmous breakthrough as you generally have to choose between performance or safety. Now with the new Dominator you get performance AND safety all in one wing. Once again pushing the boundary of what’s possible the bar has just been raised once again. Another kudos to the most respected pilot in the history of the sport for another incredible achievement!!!
Glider control is extremely important in mastering powered paragliding. The key to students graduating from the WPPGA training with such incredible paramotoring skills is their complete mastery of glider control. You would not be sent into the air to pilot an airplane without learning the controls first. The same holds true with these aircrafts. You don’t want to learn how to kite your paraglider while having a motor strapped to your back, and you definitely don’t want to learn the proper skills and reflexes of glider control WHILE you are in the air. It is unnecessary and unsafe to do so when you can develop those skills while still on the ground.
Benefits of Glider Control
It is extremely common to find paramotor instructors who will throw their students into the air on their first day or two of training. This is a huge problem. Without developing the proper glider control skills students do not have the reflexes to properly react to situations that can and will arise. Without proper reflexes you are over 5000 times more likely to take a collapse, and reaction times will often be so bad that those without proper training end up doing the wrong thing at the wrong time, making bad situations even worse. Instructors embodying this method of “training” are rolling the dice with their life and those of their students, and the wrong number comes up over and over again. Glider control can not be stressed enough!
Instructors and Glider Control
An instructor’s job is not simply to “get you into the air”. An instructor’s job is to help students progress in their skills and ensure that those skills are mastered before taking flight. If you are not ready, then you do not fly. Glider control is the first step. These are the training methods that should be used by paramotor instructors. ONLY the WPPGA trains their students according to these practices. If you get the proper training and fly quality equipment, paramotoring is an extremely fun and extremely safe extreme sport.
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