Paragliding has developed as a more individual sport than parascending and usually takes place from suitable hillsides or mountains. Participants have to be able to walk up hills carrying the paraglider and the comfortable seat-shaped harness (in a huge back-pack). It is possible to have two-up air experience flights that do not require high levels of training or experience. Pilots have to be able to launch the canopy themselves and quite some time is spent learning to do this successfully.
Self reliant people will enjoy the demands of this sport, and the idea of being able to fly across countryside or in the mountains like a bird appeals to many. It is essential to learn about air law and flight theory, so cross-country flying cannot be undertaken until exams have been passed and the pilot qualified.
As it is weather dependent there is the understanding of weather and forecasting, so you can join in knowledgeably with the great British conversation topic. The photo opportunities are fantastic and there have been many award-winning photographs taken during cross-country flights.
Paraglider pilots may fly just for fun or they may take part in cross-country leagues. Since 2000 there has been a paragliding landing accuracy squad.
The National Governing Body for paragliding is:
Factsheets on paragliding
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Rules on paragliding
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