Paragliding is a close cousin of hang gliding and hang glider and paraglider launches are often found in close proximity. Despite the considerable difference in equipment the two activities offer similar pleasures and some pilots are involved in both sports.
The addition of a small engine to the paraglider has led to the development of powered paragliding.
Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a hollow fabric wing whose shape is formed by its suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside.
Despite not using an engine, paraglider flights can last many hours and cover many hundreds of kilometers, though flights of 1-2 hours and covering some tens of kilometers are more the norm. By skilful exploitation of sources of lift the pilot may gain height, often climbing to a few thousand meters over the surrounding countryside.
Paragliders are unique among soaring aircraft in being easily portable. The complete equipment packs into a rucksack and can be carried easily on the pilot's back, in a car, or on public transport. In comparison with other air sports this substantially simplifies travel to a suitable take off spot, the selection of a landing place and return travel.
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