The top 5 most common mistakes made by beginners

Below are some common natural mental forces that must be overcome in order to have smooth sailing as you begin our PPG career, through simulations, tow winch, tandem flights and ground school, we can do a lot help you have all of these common mistakes taken care of before you even leave the ground! 

 

1. Getting in the seat to early. 

Remember to keep running all the way until you are at least 20 feet in the air. In your first flights, you will feel the glider start to lift you into the air and be tempted to jump. Don't fall for it! you will not yet have enough airspeed for the glider to support your full weight and this can cause you to float right down into a butt slide. 

2. Bad throttle management 

practice on the ground before hooking into your glider and get smooth and steady with the throttle. They are usually sensitive and you don't want to be jumpy with the power. this will cause you to have inconsistent running speed and the glider may front tuck and fall right into the spinning prop. Try to get a good feel for how much to squeeze to get the motor to begin pushing you around while walking and running.

3 .getting equipment without talking to your instructor first. 

it's like buying shoes before trying them on. It happens a lot and some guys get lucky but generally, they find out that it was the wrong set up for them. Talk to your instructor, after an evaluation and a few visits you and he can team up and dial in exactly what you need to begin your journey skyward. 

4. Forgetting to continue kiting until you are totally airborne. 

If you pick a good launch site, there won't be anything in front of you to worry about. as you add throttle and gain speed, it's always a good idea to look over and up at the tip of the glider to confirm it is still centered.

5. Only flaring halfway on landing 

For whatever reason, we have a hard time putting our hands all the way down at the final part of the flare. Be sure to practice this in the simulator and even while walking around and visualize coming into land. Keep your hands close to your sides and this will drastically help ensure you begin to actually PUSH DOWN on the brake toggles as your hands pass your waist. Do this and your landing will be spot on within just a few tries. 

As you progress with your training you will be able to avoid all of these common mistakes, call /txt 404-405-9422 or email happythoughtspg@Gmail.com for any info.

How to choose the right gear. 

with all the options out there how do you know what is the best? 

 

Well, the answer is not as confusing as it may seem. There is no best, there is only the best for a given individual and it's all too common for a guy to get his gear on his own and then find out he made a huge mistake.  The good news is that it really isn't all that tricky....there are only several brands out there that have built a reliable reputation for quality and customer service. The rest are start-up or prototype style brands and they are letting their buyers be the "test pilots".  knowing this makes it pretty easy to dial in the right equipment. 

The main thing to know about gear is that "the best" will vary depending on numerous factors such as your weight,  elevation, natural ability, fitness level, flying style, etc. The way to ensure you make the right selection is to first talk with your instructor of the school you choose. We do this on a daily basis and are professional matchmakers when it comes to people and PPG equipment. Most schools have seen and tested it all and know the pros and cons of each brand.  A common error is when a guy gets a glider that is too small and/or a motor that is not enough thrust for his weight. The smaller the glider is, the bigger a motor you will need. The smaller the motor is, the bigger the glider must be. The 80 cc motors are amazingly light and easy to use but if you're heavier than 180 lb, you may want a bigger glider or a bigger motor. The bigger ones have amazing thrust at the cost of some weight. The most popular motor is the 185 plus by vittorazi and for good reason, the power to weight ratio is excellent, parts availability and customer service is top-notch as well. it is also the most reliable bigger motor out there.  The frame the motor goes on is not quite as important. they all fly about the same way but some are too heavy unless you add wheels in place of running to take off and land.  

We are in constant research and testing of all the motors and gliders out there so give a call and we can chat with you about any other questions you have. 404 405 9422.

here are some general guidelines for glider selection 

when you look at the specs of a glider you will see the safety rating (A,B, C, D) the A level ones are straight-up beginner and some of the B levels are your talented beginner to low intermediate levels. C and D are high-performance competition gliders and only for the experienced pros now some reflex wings (motor specific gliders)  have another rating  that simply shows that is has been strength tested but the manufacturer will state the pilot level the glider is intended for 

next, you have the weight ranges ....this is not an exact science and the way they get these is interesting but when you look on the website (or the placard on the glider)  it will list the correct size for a given pilots weight including his motor unit fuel, etc.  add it all up to get your total in-flight weight.  let's say you weigh 210 lb. convert that to kg (95ish ) so you, as a beginner, would want to select the size glider that put you in the middle to lower-middle of that weight range. When you get heavier under a glider, it gets faster and more responsive, not something you want to overdo at the beginning. a bigger glider will make your takeoff and landing speed slower and much much easier. when you load heavy you have to be on your A-game, especially for landing, the timing window is much smaller if you're going to nail the flare (final brake pull to soften your landing) size for size, all entry-level wings are fairly similar but some do different things better than others.

for a reference, here is a list of brand name beginner style gliders and what they offer.

Mac Para Charger 

    launching ease ****

         landing ease ***

              lift abillity ****

handling/ turning *****

beginner friendly ****

                     speed *****

Dudek Universal 

                  launch  ***

                 landing  ****

                           lift *****

                handling ****

beginner friendly *****

                      speed ****

Gin Pegasus 2 

                  launch ****

                 landing *****

                          lift *****

                handling ****

 beginner freindly *****

                      speed ****

Ozone Mogo PWR. 

                  launch *** 

                 landing *****

                          lift *****

               handling **

beginner freindly ****