The Ultimate Hang Gliding Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Among man's many achievements, the ability to fly is one that never gets old -- especially for people who hang glide. Soaring through the air and reaching daring heights is either thrilling or terrifying, depending on your point of view. Regardless of whether you're ready to take off running, sit back and test your knowledge of the next best thing to grow wings.

How long has the hang glider's modern shape been around?

Though man's desire to take flight has been around for centuries, Francis Rogallo's wing design for NASA in the 1960s set the stage for modern hang gliding.


Which of the following is the regulating authority for hang gliding in the U.S.?

Hang gliding enthusiasts can choose to become a member of various associations, but the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has the ultimate authority over when, where and how people can hang glide.


How do pilots typically steer hang gliders?

Despite the sport's tech-savviness in other areas, hang gliders are still controlled the old-fashioned way, by shifting your body weight.


How do hang gliders and their pilots stay aloft?

Many factors help pilots remain in the air, but the airfoil design of the hang glider's wing, thermal lifts and air currents are the most important.


Which of the following pieces of equipment is NOT necessary to hang glide, but is highly recommended?

A harness is required to hang glide, and taking your hands off of the control bar to eat is not a good idea. Wearing a parachute is highly recommended for people of all ages, especially considering the dangers involved.


Hang gliders' structural tubes often consist of which lightweight metal?

Aluminum or an aluminum alloys are the most common metal of choice for hang gliders.


Do you need a license to hang glide?

No one -- regardless of age -- needs a license to hang glide, but you should probably take a class before taking off on your own. However, people must follow FAA regulations while hang gliding.


Hang gliding is an event at which international competition?

The World Air Games, held by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, includes hang gliding as an event.


What is the world record for the farthest straight distance traveled at one time while hang gliding?

Manfred Ruhmer wasn't taking a short joyride when he flew a straight distance of 700.6 kilometers in one trip.


Which of the following skill ratings must someone have in order to become a hang gliding instructor though USHPA?

An intermediate skill rating will get the job done, but you still have to take a written test and a Red Cross First Aid test. You must have spent a set amount of hours in the air as well.


What is the fundamental difference between hang gliding and its close cousin, paragliding?

Both activities can be dangerous in certain circumstances, but the largest difference is the wings themselves and how pilots steer them.


While hang gliding, you should keep an eye out for which changes in the air around you?

Both types of lifts can help keep you aloft longer if approached properly. Ridge lifts occur when air is pushed upward from mountains, and thermal lifts are caused by rising columns of hot air.


What does the term "glide ratio" mean?

The glide ratio projects how fast you will descend based on your speed (distance traveled) and height.


Which of the following is NOT a part of a hang glider?

Lines, or cords that connect a harness to a parachute, are not present in hang gliders.


You're about to hang glide, but you need to get a running start down a slope to take off. Around how fast do you need to run to get enough lift?

You don't need to be an Olympian to get going, but the ideal speed to take off is between 15 and 25 mph (24 and 40 kph).


What does the term "angle of attack" mean?

Sorry, midair isn't the safest place to settle the score. Instead, "angle of attack" is the angle you can control to increase or decrease your slide ratio.


Which of the following represents the average risk of death for hang gliding?

According to a risk education report by The Health and Safety Executive of Great Britain, the risk of fatality for hang gliding is 1 in every 116,000 flights, on average.


Why is it so difficult for pilots to gain control while their hang gliders are spiraling?

Pilots can regain control from a spin, but it's hard to do since they're so disoriented from spinning.


How heavy is the average single-harnessed hang glider?

Since hang gliders are meant to glide easily through the air, they're usually light for their size -- 65 pounds (30 kilograms) on average.


What's the best way to land a hang glider?

It all depends on whether you want to land on your feet. Tipping the front of the wing upward will stall, or slow down, the hang glider, allowing you to land on your own two feet.


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