Your wing, harness (with reserve), helmet and gloves are all you really need to go flying, however there is an almost endless list of other pieces of equipment and associated software that can be purchased ... and that can maybe distract you from getting in the air. remember to check Aus PG Buy, Swap & Sell if you are looking for gear.

Vario - to give you those sweet beeps as you get lift. There are many available but new pilots could use a low cost unit like the excellent BlueFly.

Radio - you really should have one ... and it should be certified for use in Australia. UHF to start with and then later when you really get into XC, an airband VHF. See Fly Manilla.

Flight Instrument - not really needed by new pilots ... who don't need that sort of distraction. But excellent software is available for your phone. Android - XCSoar / TopHat and iPhone - Flyskyhy but there are many simpler apps available.

Satellite Tracker - again not really needed by new pilots but once you start leaving the launch area, these tracking units are invaluable. SPOT Messenger or Garmin inReach are the main contenders.

Porosity Meter

The Club has purchased a porosity meter and club members can arrange to have their wing tested by contacting the President and arranging a time for the test (usually before or after a club meeting). This service is free for members and $35 for non-members.

Reserve Re-Packing Services

Reserve parachutes should be repacked at least once per year to ensure that they will work when needed!

SAFA and some manufacturers advise a re-pack every six months. Definitely do this if exposure to sand, water etc. occurs.

If you can't get to the Club's Swing and Fling sessions (where you can actually throw your reserve as well as getting it repacked for a very good price)

You should also buy a spare reserve handle and 'nappy' because these get lost when you throw for real.

AJ : Alister Johnson - our club Senior Safety Officer

SkywerX : Nigel Brennan - phone 0418 394 820

Melbourne Paragliding