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About Paragliding

Paragliders are lightweight, free-flying, self-launched glider aircraft with no rigid structure, under which a pilot is suspended in a harness. The primary component of a paraglider is the fabric wing, the shape of which is formed and controlled by suspension lines, air vents, and local weather conditions.

Tips, Tricks & Techniques

When selecting a paragliding helmet look for one that is snug enough to avoid moving while underway without being so snug that you feel continuous pressure. Too much pressure could result in a nagging headache, which, in turn, might cause you to become unfocused during flight. Color comes down to personal preference, although white tends to be both cheaper and highly visible. You might also consider adding a visor for sunny days as well a built in radio headset for communication. Another popular option is a helmet-mounted camera that allows you to record every beautiful vista.

Gear You'll Need

  • Wing – wings are constructed from layered fabric attached to supports. Air vents are built into the leading edge and control the air necessary to inflate the wing.
  • Harness – harnesses come in a variety of styles, designed primarily for different flight lengths.
  • Helmet – specific to the sport. Don’t even think about using that old football helmet sitting in the garage.
  • GPS – optional, although a basic piece of equipment for any outdoor activity and pretty nice to have in case you’re forced to make an emergency landing and have no idea where you are.
  • Variometer – optional, but necessary for monitoring altitude and other variables during your flight.
  • Radio – optional, although communication ranks pretty high and most would consider it a requirement.
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