Here are the recommendations for SIVs from LittleCloud
The SIV can be a learning tool in the pilot’s career.
It is not a compulsory step either, there are other ways to progress in terms of handling feelings.
We must never forget that these exercises are there to educate the pilots, not to put them in danger during these exercises.
This work takes time and practice and must be progressive and absolutely adapted to the level of the pilot.
It must be understood that in real situations, when the aerology is such that our wings can experience flight incidents, the necessary actions are much more specific and demanding to perform!
It is therefore very easy to turn a situation worse by trying to solve it, as in training where the conditions are optimal.
In short, do everything you can to avoid finding yourself in a critical situation by anticipating, by flying with a wing adapted to your level in conditions also adapted to your level.
Because we work to make our wings as safe as possible, we have chosen certain characteristics specific to all LittleCloud wings:
– Strong pitch damping. The pitch stability reduces the consequences of flight incidents (loss of altitude, resumption of flight, less dynamic incident, etc.).
– Very high stall resistance , with long brake ranges and a wing that try strongly to get back to fly mode.
– A distribution of tensions which reduces the propagation of collapses.
– Less G force in 360.
– A usually rapid reopening of the collapses without pilot action, with little rotation in most cases and poor energy (be careful, this does not mean that it never happens!).
– Lines and design greatly limiting the risk of a cravat!
Our wings are designed to fly and resume flight as soon as possible, so they are not very suitable for Freestyle.
For traditional SIV manoeuvres, below is the list of specificities.
– The stalls must be done in 2 stages, the strong resistance leads to a horseshoe in classic stall, with all the negative consequences that go with it.
– Stable backfly is not easy to find and perform.
– “Autorotations” are extremely difficult to implement.
– Frontal and asymmetrical closures are very physical to perform. Pay attention to the timing of large collapses (too slow = reactions that can be very dynamic – asymmetrical > 50% and frontal > 35%). A cross line is often necessary to make large EN type collapses (75%).
– B stalls are almost impossible and above all prohibited in the flight manuals.
– In 360, it is easy to reach high descent speeds due to the low G force.
Be aware of this and act accordingly (normally your SIV instructor should take this into account).
– The shorter lines do not pose any problems of interaction with the rescue.
Experience shows that there are no more worries than with any other paragliding wings.
In any case, do not hesitate to contact us (you or your SIV instructor).
You will find on this link, a large part of the flight test videos on classic manoeuvres: https://vimeo.com/littlecloudofficial.