Aviation and air adventures: Paragliding or hang gliding?
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 05:32 PM
If you are looking for a completely different aviation and air adventure take the time to do some research about hang gliding or paragliding. It is probably the closest you'll get to the actual “free as a bird” feeling! Additionally the pastime offers you the chance to experience break taking views of some of the most beautiful places in South Africa. Table Mountain is always a good place to start!
Wallend-Air School of Paragliding
Paragliding is a non-motorised recreational activity where the pilot sits in a harness which is attached to a fabric wing. This type of aviation and air adventure activity has many similarities to hang gliding, but other than the latter activity, no frame is used.
Fly Cape Town Paragliding
In the case of hang gliding the frame is usually made from aluminium. Instead of sitting in a harness, the hang glider “hangs” from his pair of man- made wings. Paragliders are easier to carry and transport because of the absence of the frame, however in most cases it will not last as long as a hang glider.
SA Paragliding Adventures
If it is speed you are pursuing, consider hang gliding for your aviation and air adventure. Hang gliders can reach higher speeds and can also be flown in stronger winds than paragliders. The biggest advantage of paragliding is the portability – the paragliding equipment is reasonably lightweight and can fit into a backpack. A hang glider on the other hand tends to be heavier and cannot be folded into a small parcel.
If you have yet to undertake your first paragliding or hang gliding flight and would like a training session, you will find registered training schools on the South African Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association's website. A new aviation and air adventure is just a click away.
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