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you don't make the checkpoints as you planned?

Fortunately, there are ways to be flexible and adjust. Check these out:

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Winds of change ...

Winds aren't always what we expect, and they may change from our plan. Remember: landing into (against) the wind is desirable, but not absolutely necessary. Use available surface wind indicators to check the wind direction during your canopy flight. On days when the winds are light and variable, it may be best to maintain your original, planned pattern and landing direction even if the wind indicators change direction. If it is necessary to

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arrive at base checkpoint above 600 feet? arrive at 600 feet before you get to the base checkpoint? also arrive at 300 feet before you get to the final checkpoint?

land in a different direction than planned, rotate your original pattern around the target so it lines up in the desired direction. Once you have begun your final approach, keeping the canopy flying straight toward a clear area is more important than landing directly into the wind. Landing downwind or crosswind in a clear area is far less risky than making an aggressive turn near the ground!

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