Ready for the Ride of Your Life?
Paragliding is the simplest form of flight: no plane, no windows, just you floating on air. A paraglider is a foot-launched inflatable wing. It is easy to transport, easy to launch, and easy to land! The staff here at Glidersports can help get you in the air safely, quickly, efficiently.
When you’ve finished your training and are ready for flight. It’s just you and the most personal aircraft ever devised. You throttle up and start to run. Your wing fills with air and springs to life, coming overhead as you squeeze a handheld trigger to throttle up. With a few more steps you’re flying. The view is essentially unobstructed and control is precise. With experience, a pilot can fly within inches of his or her desire. The experience can range from serene to invigorating depending on what you like. Many flyers like just tooling around, enjoying a new perspective while others favor fine control, carving it up and thrilling to the G’s.
What is a powered paraglider?
A paraglider is a fabric wing with no rigid structure—you sit in a seat, suspended by lines. The paramotor, a backpack power unit on a frame with attached harness, provides thrust for climb and flying around. Combined you can launch from a field into the sky for endless entertainment. The system transports easily and is inherently stable while offering amazingly precise control. The same wing that is used for powered paragliding (PPG), can be used for motorless paragliding (PG) too!
The motor does most of the work. If you’ll be foot launching, you must be able to walk around and handle the motor’s weight but certainly don’t need to be an athlete. The motors weight is mostly taken care of by the wing. Ages range from 13 years old into the 70’s and beyond.
Where you can fly
No license is required although training is incredibly important. Powered paraglider’s are minimally regulated under the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 103. Essentially we can fly during daytime in wide-open areas. We must avoid flying over people, near big airports and a few other locales. Private open fields, some smaller airports, and a few parks are great places to fly. One beauty of the sport is that we don’t need an airport! Most state and national parks are off-limits to us but do allow overflight. There are many groups of pilots who have established local flying sites where you can launch.
Different courses are available, we use certified instructors with an under a USPPA program. We use the USPPA syllabus that includes thorough emergency training including simulator rehearsal. You can reasonably expect to have your first flight (achieve the PPG1) in 3 days but are far from ready to be considered a pilot (PPG2). Accelerated courses, which take significant extra precautions, can get someone a flight on their first or second day. Expect 5 to 8 days to earn a PPG2 rating.
How to get started?
Give us a call or email, and we’ll get you paired up with one of our knowledgable instructors. We look forward to meeting you and helping you touch the sky!