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Launch area selection

Where you choose to lay out your glider has a big effect on how successful your launch will be and how safe you are.

Risk assessment.  Look at the slope and identify hazards.

is it concave or convex?

are there flat areas or gullies?

is there any wind turbulence being created from other obstacles?

Imagine water flowing over the slope where would be the cleanest area

 

Identify hazards and set safety limits around obstacles.

Designate your stop safety line this is the point where you must make your decision of whether to take off or not. In a light wind this may be further down the slope,  in a strong wind it could be very close to your feet.  You must decide how much takeoff runway you need and whether you have the distance needed on your chosen launch place to safely inflate the glider control, check, decide then accelerate.