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"Are You Ready to Soar? Sign Up for Our Paragliding Lessons This Season!"

Are you ready to spread your wings and experience the thrill of soaring through the skies? Becoming a paraglider pilot is an adventure like no other. From the rush of your first takeoff to the serenity of gliding above the landscape, paragliding offers an unforgettable experience. Let’s dive into the details of how you can become a certified paraglider pilot.



Why Paragliding lessons?

  • Pure Freedom: Imagine launching from a hillside, feeling the wind lift you, and steering your wing across the horizon. Paragliding provides a unique blend of freedom and control.

  • Minimal Equipment: Unlike traditional hang gliding, paragliding requires minimal equipment. A lightweight wing, harness, and helmet are all you need to take flight.

The Journey to Becoming a Paraglider Pilot

1. Find a Reputable Paragliding School

  • Adventure Awaits: Seek out a paragliding school that specializes in training new pilots. Look for instructors who are passionate about sharing their love for the sport.

  • Safety First: Ensure the school follows safety protocols and provides comprehensive ground-based instruction.

2. Ground School and Theory

  • Classroom Learning: Dive into the theory behind paragliding. Understand aerodynamics, weather patterns, and flight techniques.

  • Equipment Familiarization: Get hands-on experience with the gear—learn about your wing, harness, and reserve parachute.

3. Tandem Flights

  • First Taste of Flight: Experience tandem flights with an experienced pilot. Feel the rush as you glide through the air.

  • Observation: Observe how the pilot controls the wing and responds to changing conditions.

4. Solo Training

  • Ground Handling: Master ground handling skills. Learn to inflate and control your wing on the ground.

  • Hill Training: Practice launching and landing on gentle slopes.

  • Flight Practice: Progress to short solo flights under instructor supervision.

5. Certification Levels

  • P2 Certification: Achieve your P2 rating, which allows you to fly solo without direct instructor supervision.

  • Cross-Country Endorsement: Explore longer flights and cross-country adventures.

Choosing Your Gear

When it comes to paragliding gear, quality matters. Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Paramotor: If you’re interested in powered paragliding, consider a reliable paramotor. Brands like Propulse, Air Conception, and Parajet offer excellent options.

  2. Reserve Parachute: Safety first! A reserve parachute is your backup plan in case of emergencies.

  3. Helmet with Radio Headset: Stay connected with your fellow pilots and instructors during flights.

 

THE ALL NEW ROOK4



1. Durable by Design, Lightweight by Nature

The Rook 4 is the fourth iteration of the renowned Rook series, and it’s nothing short of revolutionary. Designed with a hybrid lightweight construction, it strikes the perfect balance between endurance and durability. Here’s what sets it apart:

  • Optimized Materials: Carefully placed materials throughout the canopy reduce weight without compromising strength. High-stress areas and surfaces prone to ground contact or UV exposure are reinforced with conventional materials (Skytex 38, MJtex 32). Meanwhile, weight is minimized in other areas, ensuring longevity and performance1.

  • Feather-Like Takeoff: The Rook 4 offers a takeoff experience akin to floating on air. Thanks to its internal construction and strategically positioned lines, launching feels effortless. Even adventurous launches become as simple as stepping into the sky.

DESIGNER’S NOTE

With the Rook 4, I had the opportunity to integrate all of my current knowledge with the various projects we’re currently running at Triple Seven. From the airfoil to the winglets to the new approach to arc design, it all reignited my innovative mindset. I am exceedingly pleased with the outcome of the new wing. I eagerly anticipate seeing pilots fully leveraging the safe and high-performance package that the Rook 4 undoubtedly represents.Aljaz Valic – Designer

WHO IS IT FOR?

The Rook 4 is positioned within the high B class category. Pilots with a considerable amount of active flying experience will find the Rook 4 easy to handle. Whether you’re transitioning up from a lower class or moving down to the B class, you’ll discover that the Rook 4 meets the criteria for safety and performance. Its compact packing volume and excellent takeoff characteristics make it well-suited for vol-bivouac adventures, enabling pilots to confidently explore distant XC areas.

WINGLETS AND NEW ARC SHAPE

With the integration of winglets into the design of the Rook 4, new design opportunities have emerged, wherein a more prominent arc significantly enhances the flying experience. The winglets aid in stabilizing the wing during rolls, resulting in a canopy arc previously exclusive to higher classes, now accessible in lower classes with the Rook 4. The pronounced arc facilitates a more constant and higher spanwise side force, creating a more rigid, better-supported, compact canopy. Side collapses are less reactive, affording the pilot more time to react if necessary. Additionally, banking changes while turning are now more linear and smooth.

Winglets and New Arc Shape

The integration of winglets into the Rook 4’s design has unlocked exciting possibilities. The pronounced arc enhances stability and performance, previously seen only in higher-class wings. Here’s how it benefits you:

  • Stabilized Rolls: Winglets aid in stabilizing the wing during rolls, providing a more constant and higher spanwise side force. This results in a rigid, better-supported canopy.

  • Linear Banking Changes: Turns are now smoother and more linear, allowing precise control during flight.

  • EFFORTLESS LIFTOFF With Rook 4, we placed significant emphasis on refining the takeoff behavior during wing design. Through carefully optimized internal construction, reinforcing PA11 plastics, and strategically positioned lines, we’ve attained an effortless takeoff experience, making even more adventurous launches feel like a simple step into the air. The internal construction is transferring the force from the attachment point to the top of the canopy from the very first pull, giving you a gentle rise of the canopy in any given conditions. This ensures a smooth and controlled ascent, enhancing the overall flying experience for pilots of all skill levels.

DURABLE LIGHTWEIGHT HYBRID

The Rook 4 is a hybrid lightweight wing with an optimized blend of materials, reducing weight without sacrificing durability and lifespan. High-stress areas and surfaces prone to ground contact or UV exposure are crafted from conventional materials (Skytex 38, MJtex 32). At the same time, weight is minimized in areas where the wing remains intact or is shaded during flight (Skytex 27). Internal construction uses a 40 and 32 Porcher mix to reduce glider weight based on stress loads. This material composition ensures a prolonged lifespan while meeting desired weight specifications.


NEW PITCH CONTROL SYSTEM

Race towards your goal with new risers featuring a fluid pitch system, ensuring a seamless transition of information to the pilot, correcting pitch movement precisely when and to the extent needed. This provides you with an unparalleled performance advantage, especially when efficiency in flight is crucial. With reduced friction in the system, the speed system also experiences notable benefits, requiring significantly less force for operation with your legs.


MAGIX PRO LINES

The Rook 4 showcases a feature set, featuring state-of-the-art Magix Pro Dry Lines procured from Edelrid, with each line meticulously color-coded for effortless identification. The latest version of the Magix Pro lines boasts a remarkable 60% increase in humidity resistance and, notably, demonstrates prolonged length stability, thereby extending intervals between visits to inspection centers. The overall weight of the lines has been significantly reduced, aiding easier canopy ascent due to the lesser load in the line area.


PRECISION IS THE KEY

The Rook 4 and the latest Triple Seven models are manufactured with accuracy and precision using laser cutting technology. We have abandoned the conventional method of hand-cutting wings because it often results in significant errors due to the large number of pieces in a paragliding canopy. Despite the additional time and costs incurred in production, we have shifted the entirmillimetre.e cutting process to laser cutting, resulting in a canopy that is made precisely to the last


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