Advice about care and maintenance
Dos and don'ts
Ultraviolet light, heat, damp, salt water, aggressive cleaning products, careless storage as well as physical abuse (dragging over the ground) all accelerate the ageing process. A paraglider's useful life can be significantly extended by careful observance of the following points:
- Allow a wet or damp glider to dry at room temperature or in the shade outside, while it is completely unfolded.
- After exposure to salt water rinse the glider thoroughly in fresh water.
- Only wash the glider in fresh water (and neutral soap); never use solvents.
- Regularly remove sand, dust, stones or snow etc from the cells. To help do this there are velcro seals at the wingtips.
- After any extra strain (tree landing, crash etc) have the glider checked by a qualified person.
- Don't leave the glider in the sun for longer than necessary before and after flying.
- Don't expose a packed glider to large temperature changes. Leave it in a well-ventilated place where condensation is not likely to form.
- Never drag the glider over the ground.
- When landing be careful not to let the wing come down on its leading edge.
The wing should be folded rib to rib, so that the reinforcements at the leading edge lie as flat as possible on each other. When rolling up the glider the stacked leading edge reinforcements must not be folded; and don't always make the same centre cell the left/right folding line. Don't over-flatten the folded glider, or pack it too tightly.
The choice of materials and the creation of an ADVANCE product play an important part in protecting the environment. We only use quality materials and fabrics that have been tested for environmental friendliness. When, in a few years, your glider has come to the end of its useful life, please remove all the metal parts and dispose of the lines, wing and risers in an incineration plant.