Thursday, February 09, 2006

Fear Control Techniques, tips and suggestions

The file attached has a compilation of paragliding related fear control techniques, tips and suggestions from pilots from all over the world. It was compiled in an easy to read way, available in PDF format. It is a 16 page document.

See attached.



Alex said...

Leo, thanks for submitting an article. I'm very happy to know that you are interested in sharing with the group. I think a lot of us certainly need to work through our fears to get the most out of our flying. I know I have a long way to go.

I'm wondering how hard it would be for you to list the attribution (authorship) of each section of your article. I know it's a compilation from various sources, but it would be nice to know who wrote each part. Do you still have the link to the Big Air Forum or wherever you originally got it from?

As the "webmaster" of Wind Lines, I would also rather see the article submitted as a normal blog post rather than as a PDF, unless there is an important technical reason related to the content. We can break it into two pages like we do with other long articles so it doesn't hog up the main page. Let me know if you need a hand setting it up that way.

Alex said...

Also, I just remembered that there is an MS Word tool available from (for Windows only I think) that allows bloggers to post a Word document as a blog entry to our site. That might make it easier for you to compose a document with so many different font sizes. Let me know if can't find it or have trouble using it. You can read about it here.

Brazilian Ray said...

Good one, Leo! We all have fear in different levels and to practice bare with them and enjoy flying is a great way to improve you skills and safety. I like the idea of having goals to help improve comfort levels, like for instance longer flights, hang on to the thermal “a little more”, etc and off course practice of skills, such as top landing approaches (I said approaches. Don’t land until you have good approaches!), kitting, collapses, kitting, stalls, kitting, kitting, kitting, try to hang on kitting a little before launch, kitting and more kitting…

If you like the idea of using bad words in other languages, I can help with some Portuguese: puta que paril! Merda! Porra! Just to you get started.

Most of all: enjoy flying, talk about your fears with other pilots and you will find out it’s ok to have them and possibly tips on how to work them ;-)

Anonymous said...

Glad you like it. Actually I took the names of the people off the copy. If that is important, the text looses its meaningfulness in my opinion.

I used PDF because of the way I highlighted the text, when printing, it is easier and more fun to read.

I am in LA/SF right now...hard to describe.



firedave said...

I think there is a good lesson in all of it, particularly the rational versus irrational fear section and the " embrace it" thought.
It is funny how you can launch Nanakuli and be bouncing around all nervous and a half hour later in the same conditions you will be drinking water and talking on the phone, bump tolerance, you need to qualify the day's air, is this as bad as it gets? Love the rough stuff ( When high).