Skydiving With Wings – Wingsuit Flying is All the Jazz


Imagine yourself soaring to the clouds and flying, the wind brushing through your face, maneuvering, descending, and experiencing a bird’s eye view. If you would have told someone about the possibility of doing that back in the 1800’s they would say that you’re out of mind. Fascinatingly this is already a possibility today with well-trained individuals that become specialized pilots for the skydiving phenomenon called paragliding.

The History of Paragliding

The history of paragliding remains vague to this day. However, back into the late 70’s there is some footage displaying groups of skydivers who jumped with their parachutes off of cliffs in Montana USA. While approximately around that time a minority of climbers up in the French Alps initiated the use of ram-air skydiving canopies to enable safety and efficiency of their descents. At that time the parachutes were around eight pounds in weight and flew no more than 20mph yet were able to glide for about 3 feet forward of every foot drop of altitude. Toward the mid-’80s, people became aware that the possibility of prolonging the distance and gliding much further by increasing hang time and duration, can be possible if the idea of hang gliders was explored and incorporated into newer sky diving techniques.

The Winged Skydiving Experience

With the growing concept, people came up with all sorts of designs and attempted to modify and improve the parachute glide’s performance. The old model of skydiving and parachuting was improvised and changed into a single suit, increase in wingspan, air-foil trims, and more modifications. As each design was tried out, unexpected alterations in the flight characteristics began to appear. As a result, the demand for pilot skills and various techniques increased and were tried out. Only the designs and concepts that all-inclusively effectual and compatible were produced and utilized to meet the demands of interested paragliding pilots.To the eyes of the ordinary person, paragliding is just skydiving but with wings. The key to the art of paragliding as you soar or glide, with the aerodynamics involved, is the same as of a sugar glider. In the sense of coordination of the pilots, it is sophisticated as it includes the material designs of the wingsuit used for flight. Paragliding has become a sport heavily participated in Europe where it has, especially in France, about an estimate of 25,000 paragliding pilots scaling the alpine valleys to make their flights. The enthusiastic pilots from all over Europe expand their scope to New Zealand, South Africa, and the Himalayas. However, in the United States, there are only about 5,000 participants.

The fascinating wing suited sporting activity has been growing in its fame not only for the adrenaline enthusiasts but for anyone with a bit of courage and is ready to get a whole new perspective of the world. Paragliding truly takes you to extraordinary places. Meaning, if you want a little bit of “me-time” experience get yourself a winged flying suit, get trained, and launch yourself into the bewilderment that awaits you in the clouds.