With paramotors there is always a little risk.
And it’s the pilot’s job to do everything they can to reduce that risk as much as possible.
And the first thing is the weather.
Bad weather can dramatically increase risk and is entirely avoidable.
I’m sure you’ve heard the stories of pilots who’ve been flying all their life and suddenly crash for the first time in some fluke storm.
The pilot knows they shouldn’t be flying in those conditions.
But it’s the sense of invincibility and overconfidence that often leads to crashes.
Weather can be dangerous. Respect it, understand it, listen to it, and be willing to miss a few flying days if you have to.
If you are unsure if the weather is good, then don’t fly. There is no reason to push the limits if you don’t have to.
Here’s the things I look out for:
(1) I check the weather where I am and within 100-200 miles around me. I want to know if there is a storm a few hundred miles away moving towards me.
(2) Check the weather at altitudes above the ground. The weather on the ground might be great but up 1,000 feet might be nasty. Look, understand, and know-how things look before you are in them.
(3) Check the radar. Radar is the fancy weather thing that shows if there is any activity. Activity is storm clouds. If there is activity near you, it’s probably a sign to not fly.
(4) Check with your eyes. Look outside. How does it look? Is the cloud dark and scary or is it sunny with no clouds? A first-person look is always a good idea.
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