As we know, paragliding is probably the simplest form of human flight and definitely the fastest growing type of foot-launching human flying. A paraglider is usually a non-motorized, foot-launched wing. It’s easy to pack, transport, launch, fly and finally – landing. You actually fly like a bird or even a hawk in some cases, soaring upwards on currents of hot air. These ridge soaring tandems are lots of fun, and we can accommodate a large group of passengers when the ridge is working.
Types of Flying
However, I personally prefer soaring over XC flying. Soaring is one of my great passions. Soaring means flying on air currents to gain altitude when then is used to glide some distance through still or sinking air, to another source of air lift where this process is repeated. However, this sport is kinda dangerous and soaring is roughly three times more dangerous than driving a car, on an annual basis. Even though if the term soaring may sound confusing, most paraglider pilots soaring at least some of the time. That said, soaring includes climbing in natural sources of lift, thereby replenishing the lost altitude in the glides between areas of actual lift.
The another concept is thermal flying. This type of flight is the best type of paramotor flying for a well-established pilot. You’ll be towed up into the sky to look for natural lifts. Thermal flying is based on hunting for invisible lift and trying to speed flying up to higher altitudes where the views are cooler. This flight is generally longer. If you’ve always been dreaming of flying like a hawk, then thermal flying slope soaring is just for you.
The cross-country flying is for those people who want to experience a bit more than mere paragliding – to fly into unchartered territory, without any company except birds. Cross-country flight, or also known as XC, is recommended for people who have already flown a tandem flight. Depending on weather conditions, paragliding can cross the lake, valleys and reach altitudes of between 2500 and 3500 meters before returning to the starting point.
Safety Equipment & Accessories
The standard set of equipments for fly paragliding includes the canopy or wing and the harness, a flight suit, safety helmet and boots. Beginners are advised to purchase new equipment as opposed to used Equipment & Accessories or sharing gear to ensure they are not already worn beyond usable condition and that they meet their stated safety rating.