The majority of pilots in Germany are trained in the mountains. Even if you live in the German lowlands, you are more likely to land on the practice slope than in a winch basic course. Perhaps a spectacular tandem flight in front of the Alpine panorama made an appetite for flying on holiday. The paragliding course will take place on the next vacation. The mood is great, a screen is already bought, the A-ticket finally passed. Now you can really start flying. But how do you get to fly on a regular basis – as a flat villager?

What are the advantages of Windenschlepps

Many pilots are skeptical of the winch. This is often still delivered from the early days of the Windenschlepps. The initially partially immature technique provided for difficult towing. Both pilots and winch drivers have not yet been able to draw on much experience. This has changed in the meantime: for more than ten years now it has been possible to make the entire training – from the first basic flight to the A-ticket – to the winds.


Pilots who live in the lowlands can then use a winch to get the right

  • Fly spontaneously, whenever conditions permit. Many clubs and flight schools not only tow on weekends, but also during the week in the afternoon.
  • Choose the good days of the day – instead of taking the weather conditions, which now reign in the booked holiday week.
  • To enjoy beautiful flight experiences safely and without pressure in good conditions
  • The difficult decision to save, which flight area on the long weekend probably "goes" from the weather.
  • Instead, they regularly collect flight experience in their own flight area "on the doorstep". Because often the clubs can orient their winds to the prevailing wind direction.
  • By regular flights to win safety and thus flying fun.
  • Approach-save time and go flying in quiet morning conditions. Use the conditions that are suitable for beginners, since long journeys to a flight area are not necessary.
  • Save the wallet. Gasoline costs for the journey to the mountains, the cost of the cable car and the expensive accommodation in the flight area are not included.
  • Conserve the environment because driving and thus carbon emissions are saved


Winches-How does it go?

The technique of the Windenschlepps is not very different from the technique of the mountain start. It is a matter of principle: the wind should come from the front, but the lateral wind is not a problem as it is on the slope. As the pilot starts on the flat meadow, he must de-screen more resolutely than on the slope. Because the slope is often supported. It helps the modern umbrellas, which compensate much with the super-start properties – already in the A-segment.

Then comes the main part, by which the tow differs from the start: The flying on the rope. This is certainly the part to which pilots who only know the start of the race have the least confidence in the first place. Here, as well as on the hillside, practice is the master. A prudent, soulful style of towing has meanwhile been enforced by the regular training of the DHV in most of the contexts. Once the towing height has been reached, you will be able to catch the flight, enjoy the thermals, admire the view. The landing is usually directly back at the starting place, so that there is no new ride in front of a new start.


Complete training on the winch possible

Many learn to know paragliding or kite flying on holiday in the mountains and therefore experience it as a mountain sport. Paragliding and kite flying has been established in the lowlands for many years. Today, the whole training can take place on the winds. In addition to the advantages described above, as a flat-land pilot You can also save the congestion and travel costs when you arrive in the mountains. In the mountains as a tourist destination also accommodation and meals are often expensive. Often this is not considered when planning the training. You go on holiday and think that you have to. But it doesn't have to.

The training course on the A-ticket on the winch includes a basic course and a high-altitude course, as well as at the mountain start. Schools in the mountains often have to take a training break in the midday period. Hang starts are often not possible due to the strong winds and the midday thermals for students. This happens in the lowlands: No valley, no strong valley that makes the land difficult. The conditions at the start are at the same time the conditions at the landing site. Of course, the thermals in the lowlands also affect the midday time. However, it is often much tamer and less restrictive for training.

The number of flights is the same for both courses. However, if you calculate the course costs plus directions, accommodation and mountain cruises, you get a much cheaper way to wind towing per flight than with the Hangstart. In addition, there is a better frequency, as the driveways are no more.


Cross-entry also possible within the A-ticket training

Pilots who have completed the basic course on slope are then asked whether they are going to spend one (or more) other holiday/E in the mountains in high altitude flight training. At this point, sometimes you will be aware of the alternative of going to the winds near your hometown. This is possible from the training procedure, completely without problems and is regularly available.

The cross-entry of pilots who started a part of the altitude training on the hillside is more common. Now they realize the expenses that flat-land pilots have to take on to complete the training in the mountains. The change also within the altitude flight training is not a problem. The number of flights that have been made on the hillside can be acknowledged, even this is a completely common practice.


How to become a winch pilot?

Even after the A-sham test, the expenses for flat-land pilots remain naturally intact. Estimating the weather conditions on the mountain from several hundred kilometres distance for a coming weekend is often challenging for a new pilot. If the planning goes wrong, it may be that you have taken a long journey and that you are not flying. This time and cost exceeds what most pilots can raise on a regular basis. So flying is more and more in the background. The exercise fades, security is not developed. Wobe This is exactly the most important point for the freshly baked A-Sham pilot: Frequent flies to gain experience and build self-confidence. Pilots trained on a slope can make a simple winch-instruction, which consists of 20 flights on the winch and a wind theory.


Wind instruction – and then?

Even during the introduction to the starting type winching through a flight school near the home, a pilot will learn a lot about the clubs of the surrounding area.

With the numerous advantages described above, it is not surprising that more and more pilots are coming together to join the community to fly "at home". The thermals in the lowlands, like the thermals in the mountains, enables hours of flying and also long-distance flights. The breathtaking view over a kilometre-wide obstacle-free landscape is included. Most clubs also offer guest towing regulations – to get to know each other.


More about winch instruction on the homepage of the Kite and paragliding school FlymagicM – flying at Berlin