Paragliding (video)

Paragliding is one of the most basic forms of human flight. There is no engine, no rigid frame, nothing but a fabric wing. The wing is much like a parachute except that it allows the pilot much more control. Once “inflated” by air entering from forward motion, the wing takes shape and provides a decent glide ratio. By using thermals and other currents, the pilot is able to inscrease his altitude in the same manner as soaring birds. Take a look at the video.

That’s some impressive flying from various spots around the world. There was a time when I wanted to try this sport. However, cross-country flying is more my style as regular readers of this blog have seen. Still, I have tremendous respect from people who are able to excell as this sport. You have to channel your inner eagle to ride those currents.

Published in: on July 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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