is a Paraglider?
A paraglider is a foot-launched, ram-air,
aerofoil canopy, designed to be flown and landed with no other energy
requirements than the wind, gravity and the pilot's muscle power.
are the main component parts of a Paraglider?
A canopy (the actual "wing"),
risers (the cords by which the pilot is suspended below the canopy) and
a harness. In addition, the brake cords provide speed and directional
control and karabiners are used to connect the risers and the harness
a Paraglider the same thing as a parachute?
No. A Paraglider is similar to a modern,
steerable skydiving canopy, but different in several important ways. The
Paraglider is a foot-launched device, so there is no "drogue"
'chute or "slider", and the construction is generally much lighter,
as it doesn't have to withstand the sudden shock of opening at high velocities.
The Paraglider usually has more cells and thinner risers than a parachute.
is the difference between a Hang glider and a Paraglider?
A Hang glider has a rigid frame maintaining
the shape of the wing, with the pilot usually flying in a prone position.
The Paraglider canopy shape is maintained only by air pressure and the
pilot is suspended in a sitting or supine position. The Hang glider has
a "cleaner" aerodynamic profile and generally is capable of
flying at much higher speeds than a Paraglider.
would anyone want to fly a Paraglider when they could fly a Hang glider?
A Paraglider folds down into a package
the size of a largish knapsack and can be carried easily. Conversely,
a Hang glider needs a vehicle with a roof-rack for transportation to and
from the flying site, as well as appreciable time to set-up and strip-down.
It's also somewhat easier to learn to fly a Paraglider.
much does a Paraglider cost?
This varies between makers, models,
countries and phases of the moon, but a middle of the range canopy and
harness will normally cost somewhere in the region of $4000 to $5000.
long does a Paraglider last?
General wear and tear (especially the
latter) and deterioration from exposure to ultra-violet usually limit
the useful lifetime of a canopy to somewhere in the region of four years.
This obviously depends strongly on use.