Paragliding is a recreational sport and the closest way for humans to
achieve their long cherished dream of free flight. Paragliding in
India is performed using a light-weight, foot-launched aircraft that has
no rigid structure. The pilot is secured to this structure using a
harness and a fabric wing aids the flight of the individual.
This wing is kept in shape and in place by the network of harnesses
that keeps the pilot suspended. It is the easiest form of light aviation
and all the pilot needs to do is jog down a slope and take flight.
There is no free-falling or jumping off cliffs in paragliding and hence
it is safe even for those who have no experience of flying whatsoever.
Usually people get confused with terms such as parasailing and hang
gliding. These are not the same as paragliding but are variants. Parasailing is what you do at the beach.
A person is attached to a high speed boat with a harness. The speed
boat moves ahead, dragging the person behind it who is suspended in the
air with the help of a parachute. Hang gliding requires a light weight,
non-motorised aircraft called a hang glider.
Paragliding is much easier than all these light aviation sports and
it depends on the driver on how adventurous or safe he wants to make his
experience. However, preliminary training is a must for every pilot for
If the idea of paragliding scares you, it is important that you
understand that there is no fear of heights in the sport as there is no
need for you to jump off cliffs. Furthermore, in paragliding the control
is absolutely yours. Unlike other light aviation games, you can abort
the launch at any moment you feel uncomfortable. In addition, the
equipment is light, easy to handle and easily portable.
Nevertheless, your safety depends completely on your dedication and
sincerity in learning your flying lessons. If you learn the basics well,
you can paraglide till the age of ninety. However, keeping the weather
conditions in mind is advisable before you set out for a paragliding