The team’s foreword
With the XC Analytics team, we would like to offer a tribune to pilots, researchers, instructors, and all the specialists in Free Flight and Sailplane’s community, to bring their insights and expertise and on topics that fascinate them, and we hope, will fascinate you too. To start this series of the XC Lab, Alain Arnaud, retired engineer and paraglider pilot, will reveal his methodology for tracklog’s analysis, and the lessons he learns from it.
One of the main questions in the preparation of a paragliding cross-country flight is the estimation of the minimum cross country start time for a given day. This time is quite difficult to estimate. But it allows us to rely on a suitable arrival time on site. And it is better to arrive at the right time, because: