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Dieden



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:19 pm    Post subject: Just introducing myself Reply with quote #1   
I have just started to seriously look into this sport and it is pretty evident that this forum is one of the best place to snag some first hand insight. I will just be lurking in the background for a few months in my reading and "saving money" phase. Any reading recommendations to keep me busy and make me feel like I'm making progress for a few months?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #2   
Here is a good one I liked as a newb:
http://www.willswing.com/Accessories/rightStuff.asp

It's a pretty good intro before getting into the real technical stuff,
such as the Pagan books. Check out the USHPA site, and the wiki.

Make sure you get withe RED on this site, he's got some good stuff. thumbsup
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #3   
"Towing Aloft", "HG Training Manual" both by Dennis Pagen.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #4   
welcome
If you want something to keep your mind occupied, you might want to pick up the Hang Gliding Training Manual by Dennis Pagen.
Should run around $29.95 at most places.
If you plan on or are thinking of taking lessons, this will give you a headstart on what is to come and expected of you.
There's a ton of information on here, so don't be affraid to ask. We've all been there before.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #5   
Assuming you will be training at LMFP, you may want Hang Gliding for Beginning Pilots, which is what they use. Also, if you feel like making a road trip, come out on a northwesterly day this winter.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #6   
Wow, what a quick response!!!! I think I will probably grab a copy of each of the books mentioned. LMFP is definately where I will be looking at getting certified, but I don't think I will be headed out there until May/June at the earliest. I know as soon as I take my first tandem, there is no way I will be able to put off certification... I would rather have most of the money set aside before I get that addicted feeling.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #7   
Welcome,

I'd start by reading this http://user.xmission.com/~red/

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #8   
Windlord wrote:
welcome
If you want something to keep your mind occupied, you might want to pick up the Hang Gliding Training Manual by Dennis Pagen.
Should run around $29.95 at most places.
If you plan on or are thinking of taking lessons, this will give you a headstart on what is to come and expected of you.
There's a ton of information on here, so don't be affraid to ask. We've all been there before.


Ditto Study this book and you will be way ahead when you start your lessons.

WELCOME!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #9   
A simple drill you can do at home is to get 2 eggs and head outside. Make an OK sign with your hand, and pick up the eggs from the top third, with the large end of the egg towards the ground. Keep your elbows about a foot away from your ribs, and the eggs just slightly in front of and to the side of your waist. With 2 walking steps smoothly accelerate into a jog then a run and then a few sprinting steps. You should be able to do this in about 25 yards. Do not close your fist around the eggs or let them drop. Repeat a few times a week until your first lesson. This drill will teach you how to maintain a firm but light grip while running. This tends to be one of the most common hurdles that beginners face.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #10   
TomGalvin wrote:
A simple drill you can do at home is to get 2 eggs and head outside. Make an OK sign with your hand, and pick up the eggs from the top third, with the large end of the egg towards the ground. Keep your elbows about a foot away from your ribs, and the eggs just slightly in front of and to the side of your waist. With 2 walking steps smoothly accelerate into a jog then a run and then a few sprinting steps. You should be able to do this in about 25 yards. Do not close your fist around the eggs or let them drop. Repeat a few times a week until your first lesson. This drill will teach you how to maintain a firm but light grip while running. This tends to be one of the most common hurdles that beginners face.



Do yourself a favor, boil them first,,, ROFL

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #11   
Dan Harding wrote:
Do yourself a favor, boil them first,,, ROFL


What's the point of cheating at a drill?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #12   
Haha, I think I WILL boil them. I would prefer not to have to wash all the raw egg out of my clothes.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #13   
Dieden wrote:
Haha, I think I WILL boil them. I would prefer not to have to wash all the raw egg out of my clothes.

Then you're missing the point. Don't break the eggs.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #14   
jjcote wrote:
Dieden wrote:
Haha, I think I WILL boil them. I would prefer not to have to wash all the raw egg out of my clothes.

Then you're missing the point. Don't break the eggs.


Exactly! It's eggs or cow pies. Brilliant exercise! thumbsup
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #15   
Would 4 foot fluorescent light bulbs work?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #16   
SlopeSkimmer wrote:
Would 4 foot fluorescent light bulbs work?


Ouch! Talk about learning the hard way!

Welcome Dieden!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #17   
SlopeSkimmer wrote:
Would 4 foot fluorescent light bulbs work?


Only if you are OK with Mercury poisioning... I am a bit uneasy holding a neurotoxin in my hands knowing I will probably mess up a time or two and break the glass. Shocked
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