Paragliding Acro in Australia
Acro in Australia
We don’t have any safe mountains properly suited for Acro training. It is seriously not safe to practice unless you have all safety aspects covered, have done several 6 and more, SIV / Acro courses.
2. Height (greater than 800mtrs)
Australia offers several SIV courses towing from a boat. But height and time factor when being towed doesn’t leave much airspace for mistakes so the risk increases for Acro.
Recommended courses with proven SIV safety course record, Acro experienced CFI’s plus treat students with respect and encouragement. Here's my recommendations:
MARTIN Wysocki Better known as Hollywood Australia’s top Acro pilot. (SIV & Acro)
RAFAEL ESQUILLARO (SIV & Acro)
Tel. 0432 543 502
Roger Stanford - with Jockey Sanderson.
SIV only which is set on a strict program. Best program for 1st time SIV coarse.
Shane Gingell - with Andrew Pollidarno (SIV sometimes an experienced Acro coach on board eg. Rafael.
I was told QLD lakes are dry - possibly no SIV’s available. But please check that info.
The CFI’s mentioned above are well experienced and the best Australia has to offer. There maybe others, but beware experience in this field is necessary. Please don’t settle for just anyone.
After several courses and good equiptment. Offers of BOAT TOWs on a lake to practice Acro is sometimes available for a couple of days to practice during the year, but honestly it’s simply not enough if it’s Acro your in love with.
You just have to commit yourself to going overseas. Sadly since 2020 has been made difficult or not possible at all for majority of us.
PRACTICE ACRO IN AUSTRALIA
Dedication to groundhandling is the best a thing any pilot can do. It help gives major leap to glider control.
Playing on our coastal dunes.
Dunes Vic. Kilcunda - 13th Beach - Portsea - QLD Rainbow beach are all top places when wind from 16 knots or more. Fun time with our Acro or freestyle gliders.
Generally Acro pilots want to train in smooth air at high altidues. If your ready to train inland over ground get the right equiptment! 2 reserves one steerable, and plenty of height. STOP 500mtr is RED DANGER zone for acro practice. 500 to 250mtrs for simple well practiced tricks eg. wingovers. Remember if it goes wrong recovery can take 400mtrs in height or more to recover that’s if it’s recoverable. So practice new tricks at the very top of altitude zone. That’s how you stay safe and lower risk.
Manilla - getting high over camp and LZ may find some days of opertunity if your well equipt to train over ground and take a thermal back to the top.
On a negitive note - Larger freestyle/acro wings are needed to glide out so an overloaded smaller Acro wing for thermals ok but to glide out to camp LZ so that rules Manilla out.
Gundowring - I know Gundowring, what seems to be high wind you’d think looks almost too much, happens to be OK and works very nicely later in the day. I believe this maybe the best place for Acro if you catch th right conditions. However logistically it’s diffecult with little activity and is remote. LZ not perfect, a slanty slope on a faster glider becomes more diffecult.
Acro Towing Jan. 2021
ALL NEW INVENTION The light steerable square reserve from Charly. Is highly recommended from top Acro pilots who have 1st hand experience, are impressed with its reliability and stand-up landings every time. With several safety improvements to the standard square. The diamond cross ST. Now we can train acro safer over land and we won’t brake the bank doing it. No need for expensive skydiving canopies or Acro base harness which will leave a big hole in your pocket.
Use the Steerable square reserve in combination with quickout carabiners. A perfect setup for Acro training over land after thermaling up to the green zone (go) altitude above 800mtrs for safe Acro training. At our popular thermal sites in Manilla or Bright. Recommended for more experienced Acro pilots.
For beginners this equiptment gives you a safe option whilst building skills under instruction over water.
Instead of landing in the water go land on shore keeping all your equiptment dry.
With a normal harness add a front container to store your 2nd reserve with a steerable diamond cross reserve. Then with a quick release system if every you decide to ditch your main for comfort. For more details read below.
If your serious then the Ava Cutaway or Supair Base harness is the way, but its a huge investment $6000 new with a base canopy.