Here you will find a list of some of the most useful resources on the internet.
The sites have been carefully selected to include only those which we feel are up to date and easy to navigate.
Please feel free to provide us feedback about this list, or to inform us of any additional sites which you have found to be helpful.
Para 2000 The most complete list of technical information about every possible paraglider ever made.
Materials Comparison Critter's excellent resource comparing the merits of the different types of cloth, lines, stitching, etc. used by various paragliding manufacturers.
DHV Website Test flight reports
of all DHV certified paragliders.
Tree Self-Rescue In case of tree-landings, how to get down safely.
Jerome Daoust Everything you've ever wanted to know about paragliding but were afraid to ask.
Radio Modifications How to modify the receive and transmit frequencies of nearly every radio ever made.
XC Tutorial An excellent tutorial on how to read weather before you fly cross-country.
BC Topographical Map Ministy of Energy and Mines topographical maps of BC with multiple layers.
Canadian Topographical Maps Another great source of topo maps for Canada.
See How It Flies For the real technophile. A new twist on aerodynamics.
Events and Competitions
FAI Sanctioned Events A list of the International Aeronautic Federation's sanctioned competitions.
Paragliding World Cup The most competitive paragliding competition worldwide.
HPAC Look under events of the Hangliding and Paragliding Association of Canada.
BC Hangliding and Paragliding Association.
Nav Canada winds aloft To determine winds aloft and lapse rates follow these guidelines.
Victoria Weather For the weather in Victoria including upper level winds, temperature, satellite, jet stream, notams etc.
Vancouver Island Weather Your one stop resource for weather on the Island including webcams of Dallas Road.
University of Wyoming Another resource for upper level winds.
Satellite Picture of NW
Environment Canada Weather Office
National Weather Service of the United States.
Wunderground Weather A comprehensive site primarily for weather in the US.
British Columbia Wind Data
World Site Index
A-Z of Paragliding
Cross Country Magazine The best English language magazine about hangliding and paragliding.
Skywings The official magazine of the British Hangliding and Paragliding Association
Paraglider Magazine The newest paragliding magazine on the scene
Katkam Is the wind right for kiting? Live camera of Vancouver's Vanier Park.
BigAir Discussion Forum The most popular paragliding discussion forum on the internet.
Jockey Sanderson The instructor of instructors.
A) To determine winds aloft: 1. Select Upper Level Winds FDs 2. Select Pacific Region 3. Look at 3000 and 6000 foot levels for local sites. The first two digits is wind direction and second two is wind speed in knots. For example 2715 is wind from 270 degrees at a speed of 15 knots. Note that 9900 means that wind is light and variable and wind speed less than 5 knots. The different "for use" values are forecasted winds at various time intervals. 21-06 means from 21:00 to 06:00 Zulu time. Remember Zulu time is 7 hrs ahead of Pacific time in the summer and 8 hrs ahead in the winter.
B) To calculate lapse rate: Find the expected high at 6000 feet. If the reading is 2822 +09 (eg. 9 degrees) subract that from the expected high for the day at sea level (eg 25 degrees). So 25-9=16 degrees. Then divide that by 6 (for 6k) = 2.7. Since 2 degrees celsius/1000 ft is the stable lapse rate, anything over 2 is good and over 3 is insane.