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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:31 am

Paragliding        July 10, 2018
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On July 10, an American encountered turbulence while flying above Slovenia's Tolminka River Valley and his paraglider collapsed.
He fell violently onto this narrow concrete lane winding through a forest.
When rescuers reached him, he was dead.

Does anyone know who this gambler was?

I'm calling soaring parachutists "gamblers" today as it's shorter and equally descriptive in a different way.
I looked down at the page I'm presently working on, covering July 7-21, and noticed there are six collapses with three fatalities, a broken back and the two other survivors had broken arms and legs and head injuries.
So - hey! - I like to gamble, too.
I go into casinos and bet money that I'll win.
But when I don't, nobody kills me.
Nobody breaks my arms and legs and caves my skull in.
You guys have a really freaking serious and stupid gambling habit.
You should do something about that.
And stop whining that you can't give up flying.
Who said anything about giving up flying?


You gamblers who are reading this, and I know you do - thousands of you - can skip this next part.
It ain't gonna help.     :wtf:

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In the immortal denial-prose of gambler Bud Wruck, who also just fell out of the beautiful Slovenian sky for no good reason at all:

        Yes, you can do this. No, you don't have to be an extreme athlete.
        Yes, it's as fun as it looks. No, there aren't any worldly problems up there.
        Yes, you can afford this. No, you don't need a mountain to jump off of.
        Yes, you can do this. (...and no you won't just "fall out of the sky").

        https://siol.net/novice/crna-kronika/pri-kobaridu-umrl-padalec-iz-teksasa-412043
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby wingspan33 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:07 pm

I go into casinos and bet money that I'll win.
But when I don't, nobody kills me.
Nobody breaks my arms and legs and caves my skull in.


:shock:

Well, if you are placing bets in order to win, in order to pay off a loan shark, . . . and you don't win, then maybe one or all those bad things you mention COULD happen.

Hmmmmm, . . . so that means that hanging under a collapsible canopy is not only a form of gambling, it's like gambling with money on loan to you from the mob? :eh:

:shifty:

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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:17 pm

it's like gambling with money on loan to you from the mob

Nah.
Nobody could possibly be that stupid.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby wingspan33 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:54 pm

Rick Masters wrote:
it's like gambling with money on loan to you from the mob

Nah.
Nobody could possibly be that stupid.



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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby wingspan33 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:14 pm

:?: :!:

My second to last comment made me think, . . . maybe some percentage of collapsible canopy deaths ARE actually "hits". :shock:

Think about it. Often the "pilot" disappears with nobody actually seeing that they have gone missing until others have landed safely. The "body" is found in a remote place where the exact circumstances leading to death are uncertain. Sometimes days later.

Sounds like a hit man's ideal dream/fantasy job to me! "They won't blame me. They'll blame those idiotic bundles of laundry that they 'fly' ." :lolno: :twisted:
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:23 am

Aerobatics in giant turboprops by hypoxic videogamers        August 11, 2018
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$32.2 Million each

How not to talk to the FAA controller
https://videos-f.jwpsrv.com/content/conversions/l2mFHLnd/videos/zV7Y9gkF-29678780.mp4?token=0_5b7096ba_0x3e767737b3b587673624b36e0c4a77d3432d8d35

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Come fly with me: USHPA loses another potential paraglider pilot.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:23 pm

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“I’d like to correct the misperception that paragliding is a hazardous sport.
It’s true that a small error could result in large and drastic consequences.
But we pilots emphasise a lot on risk management and safety in flight.”

        -- Jessica Goh, representing Singapore in the upcoming Asian Games spot landing contest

If Miss Perception eats it on her paraglider, she will be the 1,725th fatality that I know of in this hazardous sport.
Since the death of Patrick Chung Yuk-wa in Hong Kong on July 22 (or later, as he was found dead on July 27), many more people have died on paragliders:

    1        Dan Croft of Washington (turbulence)
    2        A guy in France (turbulence)
    3        Another guy in France (turbulence)
    4        A gal in Switzerland (turbulence)
    5        A guy in Switzerland (turbulence)
    6        Manoel Martins dos Santos in Brazil (turbulence)
    7        Aziz Mahdvari in Canada (drowned)
    8        Omar Mestriner in Italy (turbulence)
    9        and today's paragliding fatality in Switzerland.

That's one paraglider killed every two days in their dangerous sport
I'll spare you the mention of numerous broken backs.

Jessica, paragliders kill their helpless occupants in turbulent air, suddenly and unexpectedly, regardless of their skill level.
There is nothing they can do. They cannot regain control.
Hang glider pilots, capable of much more speed, kill themselves in their exhuberance through pilot error.
There's a BIG difference between paraglider collapse and pilot error.
One is not acceptable by most aviators because it cannot be addressed and fixed.
I cannot tell you to be careful. That means nothing.
Your fate will be decided by the quality of air you encounter in flight.
That is not up to you.
It is a matter of good luck or bad luck.
You are a gambler.
You are lying to yourself and everyone who listens to you.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:42 pm

Paragliding        August 12, 2018
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The video does not refer to today's 1724th PG fatality in Switzerland on the main summit of the Rigi (above).
That corpse was also retrieved by helicopter.
This accident was on a different mountain - an injured 21-year-old soaring parachutist.
There are so many paragliding accidents in Switzerland every weekend, it is hard to keep track.

Videos:
https://tp.srgssr.ch/p/rsi/embed?urn=urn:rsi:video:10772648&autoplay=true&hideendscreen=1
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https://tp.srgssr.ch/p/rsi/embed?urn=urn:rsi:audio:10772576&autoplay=true&hideendscreen=1
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:18 pm

Paracar gliding        August 10, 2018
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This guy landed his paraglider in the mountains, I guess to retrieve his truck.
Equipped with roof racks, a driver and hang gliders that could make the glide out to the valley, the guy certainly would have been better off.
The idiot drove off the road to launch.
He jumped out of the truck before it hit the tree.
Now he'll have to haul his paraglider to takeoff in his friend's car trunk.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:12 pm

Getting dragged to death by paragliders        August 13, 2018

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I was flying north along the western side of the Inyo Range, returning on an out and return hang gliding flight from Mazourka, above my home in Independence, to notorious Cerro Gordo.
The flight had been great, but I suddenly began losing altitude and decended below the elevation of 11,105 ft Kenot Peak.

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The air quickly became rougher, indicating an easterly carrying eddies and rotors into my path toward Mazourka.
I eased out into Owens Valley, holding tightly to my control bar.
My flying buddy Howard Gerrish had warned me about this.
In the afternoon, the expansion of the air over the Great Basin ranges would sometimes swell over the Inyo crest, overpowering the prevailing southwesterly winds and creating great turbulence near these dry, painted mountains.
Howard had described the roughest air he had ever encountered in an afternoon flight along the Inyos.
He told me the turbulence had almost broken his Comet.
I wanted none of that!

My flights along the Inyos, up to that time, had been pleasant.
Memorable for their beauty, smooth lift, ease of flight and easy altitude.
I had left my little Honda Trail 70 nestled in the creosote bushes at the base of Mazourka Canyon Road.
As I approached my landing zone a few miles ahead, I would attempt to work lift only to lose everything I had gained in the second half of the turn.
"I am in eddies," I realized with trepidation, feeling them getting stronger with each mile and knowing my impending landing might not be easy.

I crossed above the road, pulling in my bar at 300 feet for a fast landing approach to a bare - and hopefully soft - spot between creosote bushes.
The wind was strong and variable, coming straight in from the steeply rising mountains only mile before me.
Up, then down. Up, then down. Eddies. Finally, my feet touched the ground.
I threw my weight forward and...

I was looking up at the sky.
I was laying on the undersurface of the Pacific Wings Racing Express, looking up at the sky.
I had no idea as to how I'd come to be there.
It was quite comfortable, actually.
The noseplate was down on the ground, facing the Inyos.
The wings were rocking gently, supported by the kingpost, the light wind pressing them down.
I pulled myslef up to the apex of the downtubes and unhooked.
I threw the nose up into the wind and the hang glider flipped upright.
I caught the rear of the keel, slipped underneath, and brought her into the wind.
I was completely fine.
The glider was unscathed.
I felt like I had stepped through a dimension to an alternate universe.

So why do I tell you this?
I want to tell you about being dragged to death by paragliders and it seemed like a suitable introduction.
Paragliders are different than hang gliders.
They want to kill you.
This is obvious to hang glider pilots.
Soaring parachutists don't allow themselves to see it.

On Saturday, in England, a guy and a gal were getting ready for a joyride on a tandem paraglider.
But before they left the ground, the canopy was seized by "a freak gust of wind" - as the press put it - and pulled them both over.
I think the "freak gust of wind' gambit us used to divert the blame away from the paraglider.
You wouldn't want people thinking they're dangerous. Oh, no... Anyway.
It then began draging them both along the hillside.
They were skating and tumbling on the grass, gaining speed, when they came to a stone wall.
The girl must have hit first, the commander slamming into her, then the paraglider pulled them both through the wall, smashing it.
Can you imagine?
The poor girl broke her neck. And her back.
I heard the guy was okay.
But I wouldn't want to have his memory of that!

So that's what paragliders can do.
Hang gliders don't do that.
Hang gliders usually just blow over and stop. Or break and stop.
Paragliders keep going. I guess you can't stop them and you can't jump off. You're screwed.

I've talked in the past about the horrible injuries people falling on paragliders receive.
They fall just fast enough to break lots of bones but not to kill themselves outright.
Sure, hang glider pilots have had their share of ugly injuries, but notyhing like what modern day paragliding has wrought.
Broken backs across the world, every weekend.
Open fractures with the bones sticking out of the flesh.
Broken hips. Broken pelvises. Unbelievable internal injuries. Popped organs.
I've compared the results of paragliding accidents to the most severe of medieval tortures.
But nobody did this for fun in the Middle Ages.
Now paragliding presents a new horror. Dragging to death.
This was a popular form of torture, not just in medieval times but in modern wars and the American Jim Crow south.
Ugly as hell. No mercy.
Tied by the wrists, they would drag you until the skin ripped off your body.
Then the fat and the muscles and your privates - until you bled to death.
Who would do that for fun?

It makes me sick to think about this. To write about this.
But if you really think you know what paragliders are, you need to know this.
On Sunday, a German was preparing to take off when a gust took his canopy and pulled him into the air.
It then slammed him down and lifted him again.
"The man was thrown several hundred yards and hit the ground again and again," wrote the press.
"He was so badly injured that he died.
When trying to help the man, a woman and two other men had been injured."
This is a sport?
This isn't a sport.
It's something else disguised as a sport.
God help those idiots.
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