Motorized paragliding is the answer to anyone looking to own and fly a cheap aircraft. This used to be possible only if you're rich, but the advent of these flying wonders made owning an aircraft within everybody's reach.While most of us associate flying with travel, many people now fly as a hobby. All you need is buy the aircraft or build one yourself by ordering a plan online. It's so easy that you can start enjoying motorized paragliding in a couple of days to a few weeks.
Motor Paragliding - Cheap, Easy and Fun Way of Flying.
Because this technology brought flying to everyone, we can just fly and enjoy the view from the skies as opposed to the limited view when you fly a plane. Motorized paragliding allows you to navigate closer to trees, rivers, bridges, and just about anything you'd like to see and perhaps take a photo of them.
Getting the aircraft ready is so easy
First, the cost. The price really depends on where you buy the aircraft. Others may offer it for $9000 or so. But other companies even sell it for less than $2000. If you plan to build your own motorized paragliding equipment, you can simply look for second-hand materials like a canopy or a motor. Second, setting up is easy. You can follow the blueprint that will be sent to you when you order online. You can build it using simple hand tools you have at home.
Now that you see how easy it is, your first step is to buy the aircraft online. With motorized paragliding, all you need is the courage and determination to fly! When you are low (under 1000 m) you ride anything. Half ups, broken hard core cores, anything you get.
For a particular day thermals are basically the same. E.g.when you get the thermal on the south east corner about 500 m away from the cloud edge...the other thermals will be in a similar place. Bigger is not better when it comes to cloud sizes. When you go for a huge cloud you can loose 1,000 meters searching for the lift under the cloud. Its better to go for medium clouds when you lowish and can't afford the chance.
When low you must go for the very next cloud. Even if its only 3 km away. You need to top up. Also you must deviate up to 45 degrees from course to get to the next cloud. If you are about to enter a blue hole you must max out your height gain, and immediate aim for a good line of ground triggers.
Paragliding - How Safe Is It, And What Are The Stats?
When your sink is 2.5 down step half bar and keep it in until sink returns to 1.5. You cannot thermal to the top and then decide where to go. You should on every turn look at the landscape and options and have a plan at least 2 minutes before exiting the lift. When low pray.
Keep your eyes peeled for birds. Maybe you can't glide there yet but you can maybe float in a zero until you are close. I covered 3 km at 100 m above the ground until I could join the crows. 10. When high choose a path which will connect you with a line of close placed clouds. One can get 20 km glides out of these at good speed. Don't quit
Be patient. When you are low just think about getting up. When high just think of getting far. Fly with a 30 km view, keep out of total shadow cirrus or wetlands. When low turn as soon as soon as you think you can make a 360 in 75 percent lift. Keep it there. When a bit higher you can start maximizing your circle. Turn tight. Check out the wind speed. For me the following applies- in wind less that 10 kmp I usually loose the thermal upwind. In more than 15 kmh I usually reconnect downwind.
How Can You Start Flying?
It has never been easier to fly than today. And if you only dream flying and don't do it, that could be just because you don't know how to start.
Of course flying is not the cheapest hobby you may have, but it's not that expensive that many people think. Today there are options for everyone to fly, no matter of their wallet size, location or age.
Let's explore the opportunities which allow the ordinary person to start flying without too much efforts or too high expenses.
One of the most popular flying activity and sport today is paragliding. Paragliding is relatively cheap and fairly safe. The average fatality rate per thousands USHGA members per year for the last 15 years is only 0.88.
There is no license required for flying a paraglider, but if you have no experience at all, it's recommended to attend some education in any of the thousands paragliding clubs all over the world.
A new paraglider costs about GBP 2,000 while a second hand can be found for much less. Professional fly training typically costs between GBP 500 and GBP 1,000.
The costs of the gliders and their support is much higher - starts from about USD 10,000 and sky is the limit for the top prices.
Training can be obtained at the gliding clubs all over the world and it's also more expensive.
Finally, if you are really keen on being a pilot, don't want to depend on hills, mountains, winches or other aircraft, you may want to think about flying your own ultralight aircraft.
The ultralight aircraft are fully functional powered airplanes, helicopters or autogyros. They don't need help to start flying and can be used not only as a tool for leisure and sport, but also for practical purposes.
Unfortunately you need a license to fly an ultralight aircraft. Depending on where you live, you may need an LSA license or license for ultralight/microlight pilot. The training costs several thousands GBP.
Flying ultralight aircraft can be quite expensive, but there are many options to cut down the costs and complexity and enjoy this wonderful activity.