Facts You Never Knew about Paragliding!
There are many paragliding things to know, especially if you haven’t been paragliding ever in your life, but have been curious and eager to try this. A few facts about paragliding might guide you a bit more into this sport. This is a kind of a recreational and relaxing sport, but also a competitive one. Basically put, this involves flying paragliders that can be lightweight, they are free-flying and are launched by a foot glider, so there is no rigid and strict structure as you might have imagined.
How does it work? Incredibly simple, the pilot/user is sitting in a harness which is suspended below a wing made of fabric that is comprised of many connected baffled cells.
1.Paragliding is NOT hang gliding
Hang-gliding and paragliding are not the same. Even though these terms sound similar, they are not quite so. In hang-gliding, the pilot flies up in the air with a no-motor, lightweight, but heavier-than-air aircraft device. The outer shape between these devices is the main difference. A hang-glider is rigid, has a big piece of triangle-looking sailcloth over a frame of metal, but a paraglider has consisted of a harness that is suspended under a wing of fabric, shaped like a rainbow arch.
2.Paragliding and parasailing are not the same
This is obvious and easy to explain. Parasailers have attachments to a vehicle of the type motor boat and this generates quite a good momentum and it gives the parasailers a certain safety. On the other hand, paragliding is a FLYING, recreational and competitive sport and there a free-flying and foot-launched aircraft used, instead of motor-device as mentioned above. With parasailing, there is one person behind the boat that is attached to a unique type of parachute or parasail’. Parasailing can be terrestrial and aquatic (ground and water areas), compared to the paraglider that flies, which offers to explore the sky areas above – honestly, the sky sounds much more fun!
3.Opposed to popular beliefs, paragliding is incredibly safe
Paragliding is safe and fun; you can see people flying through the French Alps, or Japanese people gliding over volcano slopes. No worries, this sport is quite safe. The worst thing that could happen or have had happened are minor twists of the ankle or some bruises and scratches along. If you are a beginner, it is a great option to go tandem-gliding with an instructor at first. If you practice this with patience and more frequently, you will get accustomed more and the chances of risks would come to null and over time you can enjoy amidst heights of 300 feet above the ground!
4.What is comfier, your chair behind the desk or a paraglider?
Of course, this is a no-brainer. Sitting on a chair keeps the body static, most of the time stuck’ in a room with musty air all day long, your neck hurts and not to mention the back and spine pains that come along. Now, compare this to being up in the air, flying like a bird and observing all nature underneath. No back pain, no stiffness
5.Are brakes and gas involved in any way here?
The answer is no. Paragliders consist of the main components such as harness, wing (sail or canopy), risers and liners, a speed bar, helmet for safety and a reserve parachute. Wings are nylon-material and most wings can last to almost 300 hours paragliding. The liners are the cords that connect the sides of the wings and the last row of the liner are the control lines or brakes, seen on the edge of the wing. The speed bar is in a way a foot control’ that connects to the harness. And of course, the reserve parachute for rarely possible wing deflating situations.
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