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All About Hang Gliding

Hang gliding Hang gliding affords a variety of aerial opportunities to explore the countryside from your own personal flying armchair.

Whether it's a hand glider, a paraglider or a paramotor, this sport gives you control of a very individual experience that you'll want to return to again and again.


Hang gliding

This section covers three types of sport: hang gliding, paragliding and paramotoring.

In Hang gliding pilots are suspended from the gliders by a special harness. Launch can take place from hills facing into wind, from winches on flat ground or by being towed aloft from an airfield behind a microlight aircraft.

Hang gliding is one of the most exciting and affordable ways to get into the air. It can allow you actually to own an aircraft that doesn't require an expensive hangar or pilot licence. You can launch under your own power, climbing and gliding as you please. The equipment needed is minimal by aviation standards with the principle items being the glider (or wing), the harness and necessary safety and communications gear. The basic techniques of hang gliding are fairly easy to learn and you can fly solo from the training hill and progress to higher flights, all in a few days.

Despite the relatively low risk involved with hang gliding there still remains the possibility of serious injury if a pilot doesn't properly prepare and exercise good judgement. Hence safety is always at forefront of the pilot's mind. Preparation of the craft, observance of future weather conditions and proper training go a long way towards a pilot's well-being and enjoyment.

Paragliding is similar to hang gliding but a paraglider is more portable, a little easier to learn to fly and are easier to land in small fields.

The latest development in ultra-light aviation, paramotors combine the easy flying characteristics of the paraglider with the autonomy and range of powered flight. Paramotors are relatively easy to learn to fly, yet being foot launched they do not need an airfield to operate from.

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See also See also: microlighting and gliding.


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  • Hang Gliding Training Manual

    Dennis Pagen

    Hang Gliding Training Manual
    This book covers all you need to know as a Hang Glider pilot at just the right level of detail. Excellent presentation with good diagrams presented in a logical structure, without being over-technical.
  • Touching Cloudbase: The Complete Guide to Paragliding

    Ian Currer, Rob Cruickshank

    Touching Cloudbase: The Complete Guide to Paragliding
    The 3rd edition of a guide to paragliding, aimed at the newcomer and updated to include a section on the new development of motorised paragliding.
  • Paragliding: From Beginner to Cross-country

    David Sollom, Matthew Cook

    Paragliding: From Beginner to Cross-country
    An introduction to paragliding, providing tuition on thermalling, instrumentation and tandem flying. Other topics include: the theory of gliding; practical instruction of basic, intermediate and advanced techniques; instruction on flying cross-country in the UK; and advice on equipment and air law.

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