I think there was a headwind involved...
Yes Fred, depth perception can be an issue. I use other cues having to do with speed and motion as well as horizon changes. And you are right there is no throttle to feed in or out. It is a very dangerous sport there is no doubt. On my first training course, on the third day I had to provide emergency first aid and put the senior instructor in the hospital with a broken leg and a fractured pelvis (he was actually lucky he wasn't killed). It is like mountain climbing... most who stay in the sport for long get hurt. I quit after seeing a few bad events... also realizing that as I was getting older my reaction time was slowing down. There is nothing like being 6 thousand over and looking up only to realize you are flying a tent fly and are attached to it with dental floss.So troll, wasn't the paragliding equally, or more difficult without depth perception? If you misjudge something isn't it a little hard to feed in some throttle if there ain't no throttle to feed in? I tease Tom, the Dryden-Tdub, about jumping, falling out or getting pushed out of a perfectly good airchine but to throw oneself off a cliff is truly a leap of faith. Impressive to say the least!
Since when have Alaskan bush pilots worried about licenses? My cousins all told me of the times they took the family planes without permission like the rest of us snuck Mom's car. Then there was the time my aunt found a used condom in the back of her Beaver, but ... .Very cool videos Fred. I was around a lot of STOL equipped light bush planes growing up in Alaska. Always wanted to fly but am blind in one eye so unable to licence. To fulfil the desire I took up paragliding for about 8 years... no licence required and my plane fit under the staircase. Thanks for the videos