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Paragliding: the Complete Guide [Paperback]

Noel Whittall
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1 April 2000
A guide to paragliding which introduces the basic techniques and then provides information about training schools, equipment, the rules, weather, soaring, competition flying, and how to derive enjoyment from the sport.
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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; Revised edition edition (1 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585741035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585741038
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 18.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This is a fine introduction to paragliding generally and is well-researched and illustrated. The author is a long-time glider and has champions in the family and his knowledge and enthusiasm shine through. Not the definitive guide -- it's a little lacking in technical detail for that -- but a good general-purpose introduction nonetheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good flying guide 5 Dec 2013
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Great Book Couldn,t put it down.Really is the next best thing to being at a school.Full of clear and concise descriptions of the craft and the methods for safe flight. Whetts the appitite for to try the sport with a good knowledge of what is happening and what to expect.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good pre-training book 31 Jan 2001
By J. Morris - Published on
Since I'm going to learn how to paraglide this spring, I decided to buy a book to help initiate me. Mr. Whittall obviously knows his sport and knows how to dumb it down a bit for us beginners. He tells you what you can expect your first times launching and landing, the importance of a serious attitude toward this specialized aviation, and all sorts of tidbits about weather and finding lift. Although the book as a whole could have used better organization and proofing before publication, it is nevertheless an enjoyable and informative read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for budding paraglider pilots 3 Mar 1997
By A Customer - Published on
Noel Whittall has written an excellent introduction to the art of paragliding. An experienced hang- and paraglider pilot, Whittall knows his subject well. The book is geared towards the novice, and experienced pilots won't benefit that much from the book. It is very well illustrated, with lots of colorful photographs. The book deals with all aspects of flying, from rules and regulations to meteorology, while stressing the importance of professional instruction. If you are thinking of starting paragliding or if you are a novice pilot, this is definately a must-have. If you have logged a few hours of air time, you already know most of what is covered here
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding, well-illustrated primer 31 Jan 2006
By C. Nicholson - Published on
This was exactly what I was looking for, a detailed, well-illustrated introduction to the sport of paragliding to help me assess the safety and decide whether or not this is something I want to pursue. I particularly liked the photos of common dangers and the detailed explanations on how to avoid such mishaps. While some of the advice crosses the line of too obvious to mention, such as not flying while drunk or high, or avoiding restricted airspace such as military firing ranges and nuclear power plants, there was plenty of new information for me, even as an experienced hang gliding pilot. This is somewhat dated (revised in 1995,) although most of the recent equipment and technical information is best learned from a certified instructor, not an intro book such as this one. I took one star off for the date and for the international focus (heavy on Japan). While most of the flying basics are universal, I would like to see a stronger emphasis on USA sites and community in the next edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful 21 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on
From reading this book one can understand the passion the author has for his subject.I have just started on my own paragliding journey and already my copy has proven to be an invaluable source of information on all aspects on the sport especially on meteorology ,canopy collapses and cross country.
The book is well written , easily understood,and typicall of an Englishman -with a sense of humour!
On a critic's note , I feel that maybe an addendum should soon be included due to technological advances that have been made , some areas are slightly outdated . I also feel that he could have included a section on maybe a few overseas countries ,flying sites , conditions to be expected and dangers to look out for etc.
All in all , a fantastic buy and one I thoroughly enjoyed and still learning from.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No real detail 26 Nov 2003
By Gerrit Labuschagne - Published on
Try to cover too much, without much substance. I might help you get an overall idea of the sport, but not much more than common sense.
I am a beginner, but not a starter and was looking for a book of which I can learn and apply from.
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