Back from 2 weeks in Roldanillo, and now less than 2 weeks till baby girl coming and officially a dad...
Add to that our winter weather, and I've been mostly grounded and spending way too much time reading and dreaming about flying, still weighing risks, and generally waiting waiting waiting around for the due date, and being around for my girls.
While in Roldanillo, I took another collapse on my Gin Zulu (not as bad as the first in Woodstock). Was heading generally towards the house thermal off Tanques launch, got close, wing unloaded some before !wham- feet over my head for a moment; "free" fall; then trusty Zulu recovers without input or delay, or even course change. Still, shook me up some. I went on to have my best flight ever, catching (my own) relatively strong thermals and even reaching cloudbase for my first time ever!
My mind was on my girls for the rest of the trip. And my first baby...
Since, I've had plenty of time to think about things, and I'm still not sure the safety margin is there for me. My current strategy is to try and stack to odds in my favor by being conservative and always trying to make the safer decision when I can (yet still fly on occasion) and only fly if its all "perfect." (this all means I wont be flying as much, which I realize is a catch22).
That brings me to the topic: safe wings. My premise was I might be able to find a current generation EN A wing (or Low B, perhaps) that offers greater passive safety than my 2005 Gin Zulu (DHV 1-2). I started by researching current EN A designs by major manufactures. I looked at wings like the Nova SuSi (very interesting design concept) and Prion 2, Skywalk Mescal 4, Advance Alpha 5, Gin Bolero 4, and Ozone Mojo 4, and Buzz Z4 (low B). Then I went back and read the cert report on the Zulu, which of course is a different standard of testing, so not apples to apples comparison, but I couldn't really pinpoint why the Zulu was rated a 1-2 and not a 1, and I only found one or two people to say anything negative about it in all the posts on paraglidingforum and the rest. So, I concluded that updating my wing to a current EN A design probably isn't going to get me any better passive safety. So- that's my question-- Am I wrong in this conclusion?? And I again welcome any comments on how to continue flying safe, and/or if you think I shouldn't be when starting a family... I tough question and one for which I don't really feel like I have enough experience at 50 some flights to make a fair judgement on; hence why I'm here asking...
Thanks for your comments.
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