Armin Harich is the co-founder of Skywalk Paragliders, started flying in 1989 and has never had an accident, and is the first person to fly over 300km in Germany- and he did it on a EN B wing (the Skywalk Tequila). I was told by many people before speaking to Armin that he’s a flatlands “SkyGod” so we focused much of this show on flatlands flying techniques and how people started flying the flatlands, dealing with airspace, how to assess weather in advance of a potentially good day, how to get established early, the stupidity of frustration, why it makes sense to try early, and a lot more. But we also discuss the genesis of Skywalk, wing advancement, the X-Alps and metrics of having Chrigel on a Skywalk wing for the race, what’s possible in the future, the synergy between kites and wings, certification and how Skywalk plans for the future. There’s a ton of great take-aways in this show- enjoy!
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- Armin recounts the best flights of his life in a LONG career of accident-free flying
- How Armin has never had an accident.
- Flying the first 300km in Germany on the Skywalk Tequila
- Dealing with Airspace
- The genesis of Skywalk
- Chrigel on the Skywalk for the X-Alps
- Synergy between kitesurfing wings and paragliding wings
- The pressure on a manufacturer to come up with the latest and greatest
- Developing the sport
- Thoughts on Sink and flying good lines
- Keys to flying far in the flatlands
- Getting established in the flats when it’s not yet “on”
- Flying cross country is not random
- How to studying areas you plan to fly in advance to identify tricky spots
- Air and energy air masses
- The stupidity of frustration
- Try early
- Keeping the passion
- Where to exit a cloud on a cloudstreet day
Mentioned in this episode:
Paul Gushlbauer, Chrigel Maurer, Alex Hollwarth, Stephen Gruber, Arne Wehrlin, Till Gottbrath
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