Share the blue skies with our feathered friends by paragliding. Some 5,000 people in the U.S. participate in this daring activity. Take this quiz to learn more about the gentle sport of paragliding.
Analysts say that if you dream of flying, it may be a sign of good things to come, because you have a sense of power and freedom.
Paragliding is non-motorized flying with an inflatable wing.
Paragliders use no frame with their parachute, which makes the equipment much lighter.
Paragliders can get up to 15,000 feet (4,572 meters).
Paragliders start on the ground and parachuters fall from the sky.
When soldiers where being trained for parachuting, an easier and faster way for them to practice than being dropped from a plane was to be tethered to a moving truck and launched from the ground. Paragliding grew out of this practice by modifying the traditional chutes into a wing shape.
Domina Jalbert designed the parafoil.
The wing is elliptically shaped.
There are around 5,000 Americans who participate in the sport.
A wing is good for about 300 hours of paragliding before its viability is compromised.
A harness is used to hold the paraglider and provide lumbar support.
In the event of a problem, there is a reserve parachute.
Hopefully the helmet will protect the pilot from a head injury.
A thermal is a column of hot air rising from the ground.
She had ascended 29,000 feet and later suffered from frostbite and shock.
Paragliders use soaring instruments, such as an altimeter and a variometer.
An altimeter tracks your altitude.
For a four-to-six-hour lesson expect to pay about $200.
The key to safety is to recognize and avoid unsafe wind conditions.
Paragliding compares to horseback riding, snowmobiling or motorcycle riding on the danger scale.