Mastering Paragliding is a new approach to learning to fly cross country by paragliding guide Kelly Farina.
Kelly approaches pilot progression in a systematic, logical way. From understanding the basics of glider handling to thermalling techniques and high-level cross-country advice, he breaks the sport down into manageable stages with achievable goals.
Mastering the basics: learning to fly smoothly, consistently and confidently
Thermalling well: the 4/90 rule, thermal etiquette and gaggle flying
How to plan a cross-country route and fly it successfully
Valley winds explained, including where and where not to fly
An in-depth exploration of how to fly the mountains
High level flying: how to fly efficiently and fast
Meteorology for pilots, including cloud assessment and the Föhn
Thermal formation, restitution and inversions
Real-life practical flying case studies in the Alps and Dolomites
How to structure your learning and progress quickly using the Pyramid of Progression
‘I wish I’d had this book when I’d started flying XC, especially when I first flew in the Alps’
Josh Cohn, USHPA Magazine review. Read the full review (pdf)
Podcast: Gavin McClurg interviews Kelly Farina, author of Mastering Paragliding
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