Information You Need to Know Before Flying a Paraglider
If you have a great passion for paragliding, it is always best decision to start from the arrival at the flight base, where you can watch the flights and talk with the current pilots and students. Paragliders seem like simple mechanisms, but to fly safely, you need to know a few things.
What Is a Motorized Paraglider and A Freestyle Paraglider?
A motorized paraglider is very similar to a conventional paraglider. A wing is like a large balloon that fills with air and allows the pilot to fly. The pilot carries the engine on his back and, when the pilot is running and pulling the wing after himself, a wing fills it with air, the engine pushes away, and when a certain speed is reached, the wing starts to lift the pilot. The engine is required to take off or maintain the same height. The paraglider can fly without an engine, but then the pilot just slowly glides down.
The freestyle paraglider has no motor, it starts with rocks, mountains, or pulls with a long rope. Freestyle wings are usually slower, but they glide much better. For comparison, the freeway from 1 km. altitude can cover 10-11 km, while the pilot of a motorized paraglider with the engine off only 5-7 km. These paragliders usually can be used on warm days, when there are active thermal flows in the sky, many rising hot air currents that lift them upwards. Motorized paragliders, while also able to fly on days of high thermal activity, most pilots choose to fly on quiet mornings or evenings. Pilots of motorized paragliders usually fly in 30-200 m height (although it can climb to an altitude of 2-3 km some time), the freestyle paragliders can be used between 600 m and 2000 m height.
How Is a Paraglider Controlled?
The paraglider has two handles: a maple, the side of which you pull the handle on, and the wing will rotate in that direction. Pulling both maples down the wing is stopped. We do this only during landing, because if you stop the wing too much, it starts flying no more and parachuting down. The speed is controlled by special handles with them to change the angle and speed of the wing attack. Increasing the speed also significantly increases the descent, so to maintain the same flight altitude with higher speeds, more engine power is required. The instructor will tell you more about this.
What If There Is a Fear of Heights?
Usually, people are not afraid to height, but they are afraid to fall down from a great height. Have you ever had to admire the view from the window while flying on a plane? Did you have a fear of heights then while looking down from a height of a few kilometers? If not, then it is likely that it will not be scary even when flying a paraglider, because you will be fastened with belts and fly with the instructor. So, it is always worth a try.