The paraglider is an aircraft and requires high level of maintenance and inspection. ELEMENT ensure professional check up of the glider - porosity of fabric, length of lines and all parts of a glider. If it is necessary, damaged parts are changed.

If you handle your glider with care and store it in a suitable place it can serve you a very long time. On the other hand neglecting maintenance, bad storage and the use of unsuitable cleaning products can reduce the lifetime of your glider significantly or may even make a dangerous subject out of it.

Please follow the rules below:

  • Choose a suitable area for your launches. Lines caught on roots or rocks lead to unnecessary strains on the attachment tabs during inflation. Snagging lines may rip the canopy tissue or damage lines.
  • When landing, never let the canopy fall on its leading edge in front of the pilot. The effect of these forceful collisions and the sudden pressure increase can severely damage the air resistant coating of the canopy as well as weakening the ribs and seams.
  • Protect the canopy from unnecessary strain. Inconsiderate handling of your glider, namely pulling it over grass, soil, sand or even over rocks, will significantly reduce its lifetime and increase its air-porosity.
  • When preparing the paraglider for a launch or when ground handling, be sure not to step on any of the lines or the canopy.
  • Don't tie any unnecessary knots in the lines. A packing method where special knots are made in the lines as used on parachutes and reserve parachutes aren't suitable for packing the lines used on paragliders.
  • Protect your canopy and lines from unnecessary exposure to sunlight. UV-rays can damage many parts of a paraglider.
  • Try not to pack your glider when wet! If there's no other way then dry it as soon as possible but away from direct sunlight
  • Don't let your glider come into contact with sea water. If it does, rinse (the lines, canopy and risers) with fresh water and dry before storing.
  • When storing or during transport make sure your glider isn't exposed to temperatures higher than 50 degrees Celsius. Always use the inner protection sack.
  • Never let the glider come into contact with chemicals. Clean the paraglider with clean lukewarm water only.
  • For long-term storage don't pack the glider too tightly and store it in a cold, dry and well-ventilated room.
  • After tree- or water landings always examine the glider carefully. If you suspect that the flight features of your paraglider have changed, contact the manufacturer as soon as possible.
  • After 200 flying hours or after 2 years at the latest your glider must be thoroughly checked and tested by the manufacturer

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