Paragliding is another pure and versatile mode of free flight. The paragliding wing (or canopy) is similar in form to a modern square-shaped parachute but allows for higher glide performance. Officially a parafoil, the wing’s design allows incoming air to pass through the structure’s leading edge, which keeps it inflated and maintains its shape. Modern paragliding wings can soar for hours and gain thousands of feet in altitude in the right conditions, and can travel for several hundred miles. Speeds generally range between 12 and 35 miles per hour. Gliders are most often launched from a high elevation point, such as a large hill or mountain, but in the absence of a suitably elevated launch spot can be towed aloft by a ground vehicle, boat, or scooter.
Introductory Paragliding Lesson
Students progress from a one-hour classroom presentation to canopy familiarization and launch practice on flat ground. Gradual progress is made until launches result in flight attempts from the grass-training slope.
Weekend Intro Paragliding Lesson
This course is for our weekend visitors who want more flight experience. A second day of flight training is added to the introductory lesson.