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Myth: “You have less flare power when landing downwind” – FALSE
This comes from a common misunderstanding surrounding relative wind, airspeed, and ground speed. In truth, landing downwind only means that your speed across the ground is higher (the sum of your canopy speed and the wind speed). The speed your canopy is moving through the air is the same whether you’re facing downwind or into wind (or cross wind, or in a nil wind). It’s the airflow over your canopy that affects how it flies, so the same flare technique will achieve level flight whichever direction you’re landing.
You should be comfortable landing your canopy in any condition, including crosswind or downwind. If you haven’t practiced this recently, speak to your canopy coach and make sure you’re current on all relevant canopy skills.
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