Podcast: Sharing the Sky with Hang Gliders - Kathleen Rigg

Judith Mole | 29th March 2015

Kathleen Rigg is an extremely accomplished hang glider pilot based in Derbyshire, England. She has flown at the top level of the Women's World Hang Gliding Championships for years, has been the British Women's Champion numerous times and has been awarded the Royal Aero Club Individual Gold Award. 

With the number of hang gliders declining in recent years, paraglider pilots are getting less opportunity to fly with hang gliders and are therefore often unaware of their flying, launch and landing characteristics, difference in speed, etc. This lack of understanding had sometimes inadvertently caused problems for hang glider pilots and lead to friction between the two communities.

In this podcast Kathleen explains some of the issues about sharing the sky from the hang glider perspective and talks about what we can all do to make things easier for everyone - and that includes paraglider pilots as well!

You can listen to the podcast here.

Your Comments

Alan Horsfield says:

I always try to tell new Paraglider Pilots about clearing the landing area not just for the Hang Gliders but for the Paragliders as well, But should we need to have to remind them of this? Surely this should be instilled into them while still with their School which I am sure it is but if they are ignoring this simple common sense rule what else are they guilty of? We all make mistakes don't we but I don't view not clearing the Landin Area a mistake. I also make a point of telling them that it was the Hanglider Pilots who negotiated with the Farmers and Land Owners etc for the T/O and Landing Areas that we have today and it's unfortunate that they are slowly declining in numbers.

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