who paraglides uses a foot launched, non motorized inflatable
wing that is easy to launch, transport and land.
canopy fabric that forms the wing when filled with air, is
made from rip stop nylon. The paraglider pilot wears a harness
and is suspended from the canopy by risers and suspension
lines made from Kevlar. Brake cords are used to give directional
control and speed and carabineers are used to connect the
harness and risers together.
harness is designed so that the pilot is sitting comfortably
upright. Due to the paragliders characteristics, the wing
can catch thermals and currents, allowing you to stay in the
air for a long time, 3 hours or even more, climbing to altitudes
of 15,000ft and navigate over countryside.
paragliding the same as parasailing?
takes place on a beach. A modified parachute is attached to
a boat and the boat travels around the waterfront with the
parasail behind it.
paragliding the same as parachuting?
are some similarities with parachuting and paragliding. However,
parachutes are designed to be deployed during freefall from
an aircraft before descending the skydiver safely to the ground.
A paraglider can be launched by foot from gentle slope and
is already open and ready for flight.
Because paragliding canopies do not have to be built to endure
the opening shock of a skydiving parachute, paragliding canopies
are able to be more aerodynamic and as such can go up in altitude
aswell as down.
paragliding the same as hang gliding?
hang glider pilot flies in a horizontal position, and flies
a rigid frame the shape of a wing. The paragliding pilot’s
canopy is only the shape of a wing due to the air pressure
when it is filled with air. Also, a the pilot is sat in a
sitting position. Due to the specific, cleaner aerodynamics
of a hang glider, it is able to fly at much higher speeds
and therefore cover greater distances than a paraglider.
to the hang gliders rigid frame and weight, it must be transported
on a roof rack by vehicle. Hang gliders usually take around
half and hour to set up and to disassemble.
Paragliders are much more portable and are easily carried
around in a backpack with a total weigh of about 30 pounds.
It is not uncommon for pilots to take their paragliders with
them up to the Andes, Alps and other top peaks in the Himalayas.
technology has advanced a lot in recent years, and therefore
paragliders are able to cover large distances almost as great
as hang gliders. Also, paragliders are able to turn more precisely
and this enables them to stay aloft in when the lift is light
when a hang glider would be unable to.
gliding takes longer to learn than flying a paraglider. This
is because of the paraglider’s slower forward speed
and forgiving characteristics. Especially during the ‘launch’
part of the experience, under a paraglider you are able to
stop running down the slope and the paragliding wing above
you will simply float to the floor. Due to the weight of the
hang glider (60-100lbs), you are committed once you start
is paragliding different from powered paragliding?
powered paraglider flies with an engine mounted on the back.
This is also known as para motoring. Due to the engine, a
paramotor can be flown from anywhere, without the need for
hills, thermals or mountains. The paramotor engine can be
used to gain altitude, maintain height and travel large distances
without thermals or currents. However, the pilot can still
glide and use the canopy to take advantage of thermals by
stopping and restarting the engine as required.
are usually launched from hills and use thermals and currents
to stay aloft. They can also be uphill by using a specially
designed winch. Staying aloft by using natural methods is
called soaring, and when the paraglider is flown out of the
thermals they simply float down to the ground.
can you do with a paraglider?
are designed to stay aloft and travel long distances. The
record for longest amount of time is over 11 hours, and the
maximam distance covered under a paraglider is about 300 kilometres.
When you first start to learn to paraglide you will be skimming
the ground. As your experience and confidence increases you
will be able to launch from higher altitudes and fly to larger
heights to be able to soar.
making the most of thermals, currents and ridge lift, a paraglider
can stay in the air for three or more hours, ascend to heights
of 15,000ft and travel great distances. Paragliders are easy
to launch from most mountains- in fact they have been flown
from almost every major peak in Europe and the US, as well
as Mount Everest.
can make paragliding, like most adventure sports, as safe
or dangerous as you want. Ways you can make it safe are to
receive instruction from a certified professional and use
safe equipment -- professional schools will create as controlled
a learning environment as possible.
is an outdoor sport and Mother Nature is unpredictable --
weather is always a big consideration. The primary safety
factors are personal judgment and attitude. You must be willing
to learn gradually and use good judgment and have an appropriate
attitude. If you don’t, then you can get injured or
killed; if you do, then you can paraglide until you’re
a paraglider is one of the most serene and simple ways of
achieving flight. By jogging down a gentle slope you simple
take off and glide away from the mountain. There is no jumping
involved and both landing and launching the paraglider are
smooth transitions from air to land. The whole paragliding
experience is a quiet and peaceful experience.
is no sensation of falling in paragliding, and even people
who have a fear of heights can still enjoy it. A lot of people
start off with a tandem paragliding experience, before moving
onto a solo lesson which requires a little more mental and
of the most enjoyable moments under a paraglider can be found
whilst watching the sunset, on the evening currents with a
hawk or eagle flying alongside you.
can do paragliding?
is not a sport that focuses on adrenalin and strength. Paragliding
is more about serenity and finesse. Many popular flying sites
you will be able to drive too, but some pilots prefer to hike
to their launch sites. A certain amount of physical fitness
is required for paragliding, but more important is to be mentally
prepared and alert. A good paragliding pilot is able to listen
well and think clearly.
much does a paraglider cost? How long does a paraglider last?
are second hand equipment available from various sources,
but if you are interested in buying brand new equipment, you
will pay from 3,600 – 5,000 USD. Paragliders usually
need to be replaced after about four years of active use,
due to the exposure to UV light from the sun. It is important
to look after your equipment, and there are simple tests that
you can do on the paraglider lines and material to ensure
that it is safe to use, or that you need to replace some parts.
The harness and reserve canopy should not need replacing if
they are looked after well.
It is also an idea to buy a 2 way radio and variometer. The
variometer is a device that tells you how quickly you are
ascending or descending.
If you do decide to buy used equipment, then bear in mind
that it will not last as long. The technology in paragliding
is also improving at quite a rate, so newer paraglider designs
will also better behaviour and performance than some of the
do you need to know when purchasing your first paraglider?
is recommended that you become familiar with paragliding before
you start purchasing equipment, and your instructor is the
best person to advise you when you are ready to buy your own
paragliding equipment. He/she will be able to teach you about
he different characteristics of differently designed wings,
and their performance and therefore skill levels required
to pilot them safely. Most paragliding instructors will be
happy to help with these decisions- instructors do tend to
rely on referrals and repeat business, so this is in their
do you get started?
of the best ways to experience paragliding for the first time
is with a tandem flight. You can then start tuition, and will
be communicating with your instructor by radio whilst flying
solo from a training hill. As your skills progress, you will
be able to move up to higher flights in as little as two days
of instruction. You will learn the three basic techniques
to begin with; launching, turning and landing. The Novice
Certification Course teaches you about different launch and
flying techniques, micrometeorology, safety procedures etc
and this course is best when carried out over a short space
long does it take to learn to fly?
early as your first day of paragliding instruction you will
be able to fly solo. To be able to fly on your own without
supervision, you will need to take the Novice Certification
Course which will teach you all of the basic skills. This
course usually takes around 7 days and a minimum of 25 flights
Throughout the course, you will complete ground training,
flights, lessons on high altitude flying, advanced manoeuvres
and reserve parachute deployment. It is better to concentrate
all of your training into a short space of time as this will
help your learning curve, however, some people find it is
more convenient for them to spread their training over several
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