Which Flight Path?
There are a few ways to experience the thrill of pure flight so how do you decide which one is right for you?
A Paraglider pilot sits in a harness below a fabric wing that holds its shape through suspension lines and air pressure. Paragliders are hand controlled, and for a learner, it’s probably the easiest to pick up. Simple to set up and lightweight, a paraglider is carried in a back pack. Along with Hang Gliding, it’s the cheapest form of aviation.
A Hang Glider pilot is suspended in a harness below a rigid wing which is usually an aluminium frame covered in a synthetic sail cloth. They are a little more substantial in structure than a Paraglider, but have better glide performance and can fly in stronger winds.
Powered Paraglider or Paramotor pilots wear a motor on their back which provides enough thrust to take off with a Paraglider, specifically designed for motored operations. Best suited to low wind conditions, making them easier to launch, Paramotoring lets you safely fly low and slow. There’s also less injury risk during take-off or landing. Easy to transport and cheaper than microlights, they are a great option for powered pure flight.
Microlight trike pilots sit in a propeller-driven tricycle pod suspended below a fabric flex-wing. Like Hang Gliders they are weight shift controlled. However, Microlights are more versatile allowing you to fly higher, faster and in more varied weather. Running costs are slightly higher, and they need a trailer for transport unless your aircraft is stored at an airfield, which is commonly the case.
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