SIV / ACRO 2018 : To be living in a country home in a tiny hamlet atop a hill, 5 minutes walk from the Take Off & doing all kinds of gymnastics with your Glider is a heady mix of a very peaceful & a very high adrenaline holiday.
SIV Courses as I have always maintained are a key to understanding Glider behaviour & dynamics in instability situations & improve pilot reactions to a great degree to make them more capable of avoiding accidents. Safety is the Pilot’s responsibility. The number one Safety Factor in nearly all Accidents is the pilot.
SIV Training pre-programs your brain to react in the correct way to an event. If you Practice SIV frequently your reactions are likely to become automatic.
In high-stress situations our body pumps a complex mixture of extremely powerful chemicals into our bloodstream. Our mental capabilities to perform under high stress drop off quite dramatically indeed.
Paragliding SIV Courses seek to address this. Pilot experiences instability situations & learns to overcome the fear he experiences by getting used to it.
Pilot experience & practice is the key. I recommend regular pilots to do an SIV Course very Season to Update with changing Glider designs & new flying styles & techniques & whenever one upgrades or buys a new Glider. There are no short cuts to Safety.
It’s an intense course, no doubt, but pilots keep each other in good humour. We’ve been having a blast as we move from one SIV/Acro Course to the next.
While the budding Acro cracks are practising SAT’s, Helico’s & Misty’s in every flight, we have done 36 Full Stalls, 24 Spiral Dives & 12 Spins in our SIV/Acro Course so far. Two Splashes, first Ankush who got a Cravat in his 5th Stall & ate some altitude in getting it out & by the time he got it out it was too late & had to surrender to a water landing happily & gladly. Second was Hany from Dubai who did a practice Reserve Deployment.
Looking forward to today as we have 4 pilots doing Reserve Deployments. Wuhoo !!