The calculation of the total weight in flight (TWF) is essential for safe paragliding. This data allows the pilot to stay within the range of the glider's TWF specified by the manufacturer in order to anticipate how the glider will behave in the event of a flight incident. Also called total flying weight, the TWF also helps you to control the reactions of your paraglider during certain specific phases of flight (take-off, ears, flare...). Discover our advice on Adrenaline Parapente to calculate your TWF in paragliding.
The total weight in flight, calculation method
In reality, your TWF is the total sum of the following elements :
- your naked weight,
- the weight of your clothes and flight accessories (helmet, radio, water bag...),
- the weight of your paraglider wing (the wing loading),
- the weight of the reserve parachute,
- the weight of your harness.
Ultimately, the TWF includes the exact weight of the paraglider pilot and all the equipment used to take off. The first method of determining the TWF is to know the actual value of the various items listed and add them up.
However, for greater accuracy, we recommend that you use the second technique. In addition to being accurate, this technique is very easy to use. It consists of getting on a scale with your bag ready to fly. With this method of calculation, you will know exactly what your paragliding TWF is so that you stay within the weight range recommended by the manufacturer.
Our advice for safe paragliding
As with any free flight sport, paragliding involves several risks. To fly safely and avoid accidents, you must take precautions and respect certain safety rules.