Have you ever found yourself gazing into the skies, perhaps watching with envy as eagles soar effortlessly on the currents of the wind?
...wondered what it would be like to be out there too?
Paragliding is the sport that can answer that question. Not only is this sport performed by able bodied people, but its also done by the disabled. Or as we like to say airabled. Over the last fifteen years, paragliding has become the world's most popular and easiest to learn method of "sharing the air" with our feathered friends. To soar with the eagles has been one of mankind's oldest and most exciting dreams. Finally, with paragliding, someone can make that dream come true.
This adventure sport can open the window to a whole new world of experiences. Paragliding trips can range from simply driving to the top of a favorite local launch for the afternoon, to trekking to some of the most remote locations in the world.
|Although they somewhat resemble rectangular skydiving parachutes, (from which modern paragliding has evolved), paragliders are now designed to keep someone aloft for extended flights, soaring, climbing and sinking with the currents of the air. A paraglider can be launched from shallow slopes or on|
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|steep hills. It's a simple matter to unpack the wing, clip in, inflate the wing overhead, and then a push in the adaptive wheel kart a few rolling feet, and you become airborne.|
A paraglider is small enough to be stowed in an oversized backpack and light enough to carry on shoulders. It's so portable it can be carried almost anywhere. With the steering toggles, the direction of flight.is controlled easily. After gaining some experience, a user can begin to use the upward movement of the air, (thermal or ridge lift), to stay aloft for hours. When it's time to come down, landing can be just as simple. One of our more popular "fly-in" contests is the "spot-landing," where the object is to land on a silver dollar.
With the proper training, a person can become a well-educated, safety-conscious pilot capable of choosing flights ranging from peaceful and serene, to extended thermal climbs and cross-country experiences.