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Experience | Paragliding

One of the advantages of non-powered paragliding over other forms of similar adventure air-sports is that the equipment can pack in to a rucksack and thus it is easy to reach new spots for launching and easier to travel after landing.

The Paraglidier is light and launched by foot. It has no structure to the craft, with the pilot sitting beneath a fabric wing (or ram-air airfoil) which is maintained by suspension lines, that mimic that of a parachute on casual observation. The wing is usually inflated by incoming air onto the leading edge of the cell structure, although on more recent and high-performance designs these are closed, to provide a better aero-dynamic profile and instead air is passed through internal ribs.

The comfortable harness also includes a reserve parachute and it is imperative that a helmet is worn and recommended that you always take a 2-way radio in case of difficulty and to communicate with other paragliders and hang gliders in the area. it is also useful to take a mobile phone and GPS device.

Experienced pilots learn how the terrain can affect air thermals and it is even helpful to observe the pattern of birds as they use thermals to control their lift, feeding on insects or soaring to locate prey on the ground.

It is important to receive the correct, professional tuition and Devon provides some truly magnificent scenery to experience from the air, providing a completely different perspective to the wide variety of terrain on offer. From dramatic and rugged coastline to sweeping moors, woodland, sandy beaches and hidden coves.

Enjoy South Devon as you have never seen it before, with the potential for a 20 - 90 mile flight, depending on conditions, from Dizzard Point in the North to Whitsand Bay in the South, crossing Dartmoor and its awe-inspiring moorland along the way.

In North Devon you can enjoy Woolacombe, Putsborough, Barnstaple and Westward Ho! Exceptional sites for viewing the many beaches, coastline, rolling green hills and surrounding farmland that the North coast offers in abundance.

In South Devon visit the South Devon Hang Gliding & Paragliding club website for guidance at http://www.sdhgpgc.org.uk and in the North of the county, visit the North Devon club, which were one of the pioneers of the UK hang gliding scene, for further information at http://www.ndhpc.co.uk.

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