Hang Gliding Basics for Beginners : How to Load Up a Hang Glider

Hang Gliding Basics for Beginners : How to Load Up a Hang Glider


Hi this is David Duke, welcome to Expert Village.
In this clip, we’re going to talk about loading the glider. As I said, the more advanced they
get the heavier they get, the hard way to do it is to use your back, and just clean
jerk it up your shoulder. Lose the way I do it these days, especially with my heavy glider.
I start at this end, and I just, there’s no back lifting that way, I just walk down to
the balance point, put it up on my shoulder, put it on the back rack, and set it over to
the front, and adjust it. You don’t want too much hanging off of one end. If you had six
feet hanging off of this end, as you bounced over the road, especially off-road, you would
be bending your tubes. Another great reason to fly with a friend. This is Keith, one of
my hang-gliding buddies. Makes it easy, look how easy this is. ‘Course, I have to help
him lift his glider up on there too. Before you do anything else, strap your glider down,
before you forget. You drive away, and usually it launches right about as you’re getting
on the freeway. It stays on there just until you get up to about sixty miles an hour, and
then your precious glider has launched itself. So always, never ever leave the glider out
here, up here, without being tied down. Because, you’ll drive off without it, or one of your
friends will. Straps are better than rope, because staps have a broader surface on them,
and don’t cut into your glider like a rope would. And you don’t, the object here is not
to over cinch it. ‘Cause you don’t, again, want to kink your sail, kink your wires, kink
your tubes. We just snug it, that’s all.

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