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Re: Flying with children

Postby Rick Masters » Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:14 am

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Re: Flying with children

Postby Frank Colver » Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:41 pm

Since certain death or serious injury will occur if turbulence collapses the canopy at 150 feet or so from the ground, with no ability of any pilot to prevent the crash, (safety is just chance if in anything but continuous calm conditions) couldn't anybody taking a child, who is below the legal age of consent, on a paraglider flight, be charged with child endangerment?

Many countries have laws protecting such children.
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Re: Flying with children

Postby Rick Masters » Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:45 pm

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Kid's - passenger harness for children
Kid's is a smaller edition of our big harnesses and is made for all pilots, who want to go tandem paragliding with their child. The passenger harness for kids comes up with all features, pilots expect from a good harness. The children passenger harness has a protector, drop-out safeguard and special child-proof locks in oder to prevent the locks being opened during flight. Material, belt layout and sewings are identic to our large passenger harnesses.
http://www.independence.aero/en/products/harnesses/kids.html
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Re: Flying with children

Postby Rick Masters » Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:08 pm

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Re: Flying with children

Postby Rick Masters » Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:13 pm

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Man, child rescued after paragliding accident
Cliff rescue: Paramedics said the man and child had a lucky escape.

A man and a young boy have escaped with minor injuries after a paragliding accident at Sydney's northern beaches.
The pair crashed their paraglider and became stuck on a cliff face at Narrabeen Park Parade.
Emergency services were called to the accident at Sydney's northern beaches about midday (AEDT).
The man in his 30s was knocked unconscious by the impact of the crash, while the eight-year-old boy suffered a deep gash to his right leg.
An ambulance helicopter and paramedics from the Special Casualty Access Team were sent to work out how to get them to safety.
A specialist paramedic abseiled down the cliff-face to help them and decided the helicopter was not needed.
Paramedics were eventually able to free the pair.
"They were very fortunate because number one, you're slamming into a cliff face," NSW ambulance spokesman Adrian Humphrey said.
"Number two, they could have slid down further and caused further injury because of the loose shale and all the sand on the side of the cliff."
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Re: Flying with children

Postby JoeF » Wed Jun 17, 2015 4:02 pm

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Re: Flying with children

Postby Rick Masters » Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:06 pm

All certifications of paragliders and paraglider harnesses are a sham.
Paragliders can collapse and kill their occupants. This fact makes any attempt at so-called "certification" a joke on its face.
Paragliding harnesses offer very limited protection for falls from altitudes of no more than about 3 meters -- if the pilot is in a heads-up position.
The vast majority of fatalities are collapse incidents.
Very often the helpless falling human is tumbling and would receive no protection from the harness even if it were capable of providing it.

Above 3 meters, the kinetic energy of the helpless falling human very quickly exceeds any "protection" provided by the air/foam bladder seat.

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Here is a velocity chart for only the first 5 seconds of a helpless falling human who has undergone a full collapse.

Time (s) Velocity (m/s)

1         - 9.8
2         - 19.6
3         - 29.4
4         - 39.2
5         - 49.0

At the end of ONLY the first second, the helpless falling human has traveled MORE than 3 meters - to the end of his so-called "protection."
If you are capable of plugging the numbers into the kinetic energy equation (low-information "pilots" are not able to do this), three things becomes frighteningly obvious.

1) A collapsible soaring parachute is not a substitute for a hang glider. The additional risk is unacceptable. You have to have an airframe to minimize your flying risk.
2) The paraglider Dead Man's Curve is no joke. A paraglider doubles or triples the risk of death compared to other aircraft.
3) The one thousand, three hundred and twenty-one dead people that I know of who died on paragliders should have put more effort into the study of mathematics.

Now put a little child at the point of impact.
Someone will figure out a way to make money off that.
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Re: Flying with children

Postby JoeF » Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:37 pm

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Re: Flying with children

Postby Rick Masters » Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:45 pm

Thank you, Joe.
I will inform the ornithologists to look in the bottom of the crater for the egg of the Ozone Warbler.
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Re: Flying with children

Postby Bill Cummings » Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:16 pm

Julia Guillet (8 years old) takes off! Courchevel France 2013
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