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When and how FLARM is useful for paragliding?

Posted by Martin Havel on

When and how FLARM is useful for paragliding?

FLARM is an electronic system that is used to alert pilots to a potential collisions between aircraft. It is not an official implementation of ADS-B. FLARM is optimized for the specific needs of light aircraft, not for long-range communication or the ATC interaction. The word FLARM is a combination of letter used in word "flight" and "alarm".There are three parts to how useful is FLARM for paragliding.PART ONE is collision avoidance between aircraft, you see them on your screen and they see you on their screen. PART TWO is the Flying with buddies where you can add your buddies and...

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Setting Up Chest Strap For Your Paragliding Harness

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Setting Up Chest Strap For Your Paragliding Harness

The chest strap for your paragliding harness needs to be set up correctly before flying your paraglider.  The chest strap of your paragliding harness shall be set between 42cm - 48 cm. We strongly recommend to not fly with a chest strap width being less than 42cm between the carabiner on your paragliding harness. Smaller sizes of paragliders are being certified with the chest strap width at around 42 cm. Medium sizes of paragliders are certified with the chest strap width of 44cm - 46 cm. Large sizes of paragliders are being certified with the chest strap width at around 46cm - 48cm....

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How To - AlfaPilot Factory Reset Step by Step

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How To - AlfaPilot Factory Reset Step by Step

Time to complete: 40 minutes Backup Before going ahead with the factory reset, please back up any data or files that you would like to keep. You can connect your AlfaPilot to your computer the same way as an external USB hard drive. User Manual Here is a link to the User Manual in case you need any extra information. Factory Reset From your home screen select Applications > Settings > Restore factory settings Optional: Erase SD card Erase all your personal information and downloaded apps? You can't reverse this action! > Erase everything AlfaPilot will Erase everything and restart. After Reset STEP 1 Select the Language Set Up...

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When to use the speedbar and how much

Posted by Martin Havel on

When to use the speedbar and how much

You should be on the bar all the time, the only exception is when you are going up. If you are not going up use 10-20% even downwind. In to the wind not going up but not sinking like a rock 20-30%, 3 m/s sink 50%, 20km/h headwind 50%, 3 m/s in 20 km/h headwind full bar. If the thermal is 2-3 m/s up fly at 30-50% bar between them, if they are 4m/s up or more you can fly at 80-100% bar in between them. Once you start flying with bar start playing with pitch control using rear risers but also practice controlling the pitch with the speedbar, eventually you will use a combination of both to get the most out of your flying on the bar. Once you get a hang of it, you will never look back and you will find it hard to justify not being on the bar. 

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SPOT versus Garmin InReach Prices and Annual Plans

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SPOT versus Garmin InReach Prices and Annual Plans

SPOT SPOT Basic Annual plan will cost $184.20 USD (260 AUD) plus the annual Network Maintenance Fee $21.95 USD ($30 AUD). Total per year $290 AUD. SPOT Flex Basic Monthly plan will cost $18.65 USD (26 AUD) per month plus the annual Network Maintenance Fee $21.95 USD ($30 AUD). Total cost per 6 months $186 AUD. This plan allows to start and stop the service at any time so you can only use your satellite tracker during the moths that you are flying and stop the service during the off season. Enrolment in any Flex Plan is subject to an Annual Flex Charge Fee $27.45 USD ($38...

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