Should I pack my glider loosely or tightly?


Roy Dade writes: John, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your Skywings articles. Just a suggestion but packing is an often debated topic on the hill. I’ve often felt a tight neat pack is good if walking in or out any distance to stop the rubbing of glider fabric against fabric but [...]

Where on the wing does porosity matter most?


We all know that the less porous our canopy fabric is, the better. It is important that our wing stays pressurised, and cloth that leaks air will reduce that pressure. But is it equally important all over the wing, on the bottom and on the top surface? The proper maintenance [...]

Canopy repairs


Canopy repairs Last month I looked at glider fabrics and factors affecting porosity. We saw how the fabric used nowadays is much lighter than it used to be. So how strong does it need to be to be safe, and how should you go about repairing any damage to your [...]

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