Project design third axis of paragliding simulator
Tutor / directorHeinrich Vogt, Hans
CovenanteeUniversidade de Fortaleza
Document typeMaster thesis (pre-Bologna period)
Rights accessOpen Access
Paragliding accidents are often caused by unpredictable weather conditions that may produce air turbulence. Air turbulence is equally dangerous to both experienced and inexperienced pilots alike, as it is invisible and can cause symmetric or asymmetric wing collapse. Research shows that the main problem in the case of wing collapse accidents is that the pilot experiencing the collapse does not react quickly and/or appropriately enough. This project proposal provides the design and suggests the construction of a third axis of a paraglider simulation device for the improvement of amateur’s pilots’ reflex reactions in response to wing collapse. Specifically, training with the simulation device aims to a) decrease pilot’s response time, b) increase precision in controlling the situation, and as a result reduce overall accident probability.