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Weather Fun

PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:24 am
by siteguide
So you dream about flying in wave lift eh?

More Weather Fun:

K Index and Lifted Index for Soaring Forecasts

METAR Study Guide

Recognizing the various clouds will help you forecast changes in the weather and plan your outdoor activities.
This full-colour poster describes and illustrates 14 different kinds of clouds.
It explains how clouds form and grow, and what weather to expect when you see each kind.
An excellent resource for weather-watchers of all ages from Environment Canada.

See: ... ster_e.pdf

AWARE: The atmosphere, the weather and flying
See: ... 262642C7B2

AWARE is an educational manual directed towards aircraft pilots and produced by a collaborative initiative of Search and Rescue and Environment Canada.
This manual is designed to contribute to aviation safety with an effort towards improving communication between pilots and weather forecasters.

For the techno - dweeb who can never get enough..: MANAIR is the Manual of Standards and Procedures for Aviation Weather Forecasts.

See: ... nglish.pdf

January 20, 2012 -- Today, the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, announced that the Harper Government is investing $78.7 million over the next five years to strengthen weather monitoring infrastructure, ensuring Canadians continued access to world-class weather, water and climate monitoring data.

Re: Winter Blues Reading material - Updated Sept 26th, 2012

PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:54 am
by Fred Wilson
Thermalling Tips and Resources Image

Dennis Pagan stated he is going to (update and) re-publish many of his Cross Country Articles from the USHPA Hang Gliding Magazine... this for inclusion in Cross Country Coaching Manuals

Dennis Pagen discusses hang gliding issues at the CIVL Plenary 2010
Subjects include sprog settings, points for altitude in a stopped task, weight restrictions, open-distance comps, and prototype gliders at Cat 1 events.

Get to know him... you just might recognize him on our launches one of these days. Gossip and rumors...

Re: Winter Blues Reading Material - Updated Oct 18th, 2012

PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:12 am
by siteguide

Re: Winter Blues Reading Material - Updated Oct 18th, 2012

PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 4:48 am
by siteguide
Davis Staub 's fourteen chapter book Cloudsuck has now being converted to pdf for free distribution.
- Or buy the e-book here:

Cloudsuck Prologue and Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8 - my (Fred Wilson's) favorite: the Manilla Australia Site Record Flight
(I helped open and log the site in 1992… and was honored with the first launch ever off Borah, and it was a 100 miler.
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Epilogue (Pdf's)

Re: Winter Blues Reading Material - Updated Oct 18th, 2012

PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 4:43 pm
by siteguide
Hang Gliding Safety Videos

Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding Flight School Stages of Instruction

One example from the series: Hang Gliding - Ground Instruction
- Pre Flight Safety for Hang Gliding - a USHPA Video

Tandem Hang Gliding - Passenger Hook-in and safety procedures for winch-tow. by Michael Robertson of High Perspective Hang Gliding

Hang gliding - Ground Towing Clinic

Hang Gliding Practical Exam

Paragliding Safety Videos

Russell Ogden Clinic on PG Safety + a LOT more = Excellent!

Paraglider Harness Leg Strap Recovery
- How to recover post-launch when forgetting to strap legs into a Paraglider harness. Video by Terry and Maria Bono.

enAIRgy Paragliding Club Paragliding SIV Safety by - In Hungarian - but excellent close up camera work.

Re: Winter Blues Reading Material - Updated Jan 29th, 2013

PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:26 pm
by siteguide
Android Apps.

1. XCPlanner version 2 has been updated with the Canadian rules. - Manual

2. Waypoint Planner - Manual

3. XC Soar (for Androids etc...) - Manual
- "Idiots guide" at
- See also:

4. Gaggle GPS
- Gaggle Forum: ... ggle-users

5. SPOT Connect App for Android

6. See You NavITer - Manual (Pdf)

7. Go Pro Hero2 (and 3) Remote Control App.

8. XC Skies Mobile

Re: Winter Blues Reading Material - Updated Nov 5th, 2012

PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:50 pm
by siteguide
IPhone Apps

1. See You NavITer - Manual (Pdf)

2. Glide Path

3. Go Pro Hero2 (and 3) Remote Control App.

4. SkyLogger - obtains and stores your flight data.

5. XC Skies Mobile

Re: Winter Blues Reading Material - Updated Dec 22, 2012

PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:55 pm
by Fred Wilson
Updated Dec 22, 2013

relate2 wrote:I was backing up all my old videos today and came across a video from last year here in Australia.
I thought it might help my cousins from across the sea with their winter blues. 2,900 feet on the coast,
over 2,700 feet a minute downward spiral dive and helicopter landing from 400 feet. :nuts: :clapping:


"Music You can not Live Without"

Safety Articles and The Parachute Deployment Repack Clinic Website

Paragliding Water Landing Training / Clinics

Hang Gliding Water Landing Training / Clinics

Cross Country Coaching Manuals

Lots to read shown in my Sig: