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Daemon
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Paragliding

Paragliding is a recreational and competitive flying sport that has its roots in parachuting. Unlike parasailing, in which a water-skier wearing a parachute becomes airborne while being towed by a speedboat, paragliding uses a free-flying, foot-launched aircraft. Paragliding took off in the 1970s, and today, the world's best paragliding pilots compete in the Paragliding World Cup and other competitions. What do pilots do to reduce their chances of injury in this extreme sport? More...
NeuroticHellFem
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Gravity is my arch nemesis, yet I'd still love to do this!
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Speaking as an old F86 fighter pilot it is my opinion that one must be insane to bail out of a perfectly servicable aircraft.
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Paragliding

Paragliding is a recreational and competitive flying sport that has its roots in parachuting. Unlike parasailing, in which a water-skier wearing a parachute becomes airborne while being towed by a speedboat, paragliding uses a free-flying, foot-launched aircraft. Paragliding took off in the 1970s, and today, the world's best paragliding pilots compete in the Paragliding World Cup and other competitions. What do pilots do to reduce their chances of injury in this extreme sport? More...

Dancing An absolutely beautiful sport! Definitely on my list of next endeavors...
The dangers are there, but with good preparation can be overcome. Skills how to inflate fast when wings start deflating, knowing how to navigate air currents, different types of wind, avoid power-lines, rough terrain, etc. are some of the essential things to learn well for safety and ultimate enjoyment of the perfect view of the magnificent landscapes of the Planet we live on.
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extreme sports ... usually very expensive and nerve wrecking
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Paragliding allows you to soar with the birds, gain a unique vantage point of the landscape and experience a true feeling of freedom. But the thrills of paragliding, like most other adventure sports, come with some risks. While no precautions are fail-safe when suspended in mid-air, you can take some steps to ensure your paragliding trip ends the way it begins--with two feet on the ground.

The best way to avoid a mishap while paragliding is to consider a few things. If you are not experienced, always go tandem with an experienced pilot. Experience is key to knowing how to avert potentially hazardous situations. Also, carefully observe the outdoor conditions before taking off. If you see clouds in the distance or the forecast is calling for increased wind, it's better to be safe on the ground than in danger in the sky. Furthermore, check and double-check your equipment before you go out to make sure it's in perfect condition.

Fun Fact
The longest paragliding flight on record was piloted by Will Gadd of Canada, who coasted 263 miles (423.4 kilometers) in one trip. Gadd completed his world-famous flight in Zapata, Texas.



Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_6169635_safe-paragliding_.html
TB Turtle
Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 11:24:02 PM

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I am either too smart Not to try this....or too foolish Not to try, because it looks like such great fun.
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Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014 12:29:49 AM

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Something I've always wanted to try, maybe someday soon..........
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