Basics Things to know about Powered Paragliding

hang gliding cape townThe travel enthusiasts and adventurous sports lovers, all are raving about powered paragliding, the success of powered paragliding mainly lies on its slow flying style and the absence of rigid parts. Powered paragliding is the convenient, simple to fly and affordable aviation sport invented till date. Probably no other aircraft can let you glide as safely as motorized paraglider, regardless of the takeoff area you can get airborne simply within few steps and the powered paraglider can be driven at the highest speed of 37 mph. The aircraft is light in weight, easier to transport and store in small place and it’s extremely effortless to assemble. The pilot needs to spend only a few minutes to fit together the equipment. The paramotor cost below $5 per hour to fly, learning the art of maneuvering the paraglider is safe, quick and truly exhilarating.

Let’s Have a Glimpse on Parts of Paramotor

The propulsive portion of the motorized paraglider consists of a frame that combines propeller, motor, harness and cage, a seat is integrated into the harness. It has two attachment points to adjoin the risers of the wings; here ‘risers’ means the strips of webbing that connect the rigging lines of the parachute and harness. The engine generally used is small two-stroke internal combustion types, ranging between 80cc and 250cc. These sort of engines are preferred owing to high output power. It uses nearly 3.7 liters of fuel per hour; however, it may vary depending on several factors like the efficiency of the paraglider, weight and conditions of the motor and atmospheric conditions. The pilot can have full control on the thrust through a hand-held throttle used for pitch and he can steer with the help of the paraglider’s brake toggles just alike the sports parachutes. The process of paragliding in Cape Town is very common in these days.

In this ultralight aviation, pilots need to wear a motor like equipment on their back that is known as paramotor. This is designed to provide the thrust necessary to take off, making use of an adapted paraglider. Any petrol can be used, the 4-star leaded is preferable, and it must be mixed with synthetic 2-stroke oil at 2% ratio to prevent problems.


Though powered paragliding in South Africa is a minimally regulated adventurous sport and no license is needed still it’s highly important to attend a training class or learn the art of maneuvering the paraglider from a trained instructor to minimize the risk of encountering fatal consequences. Different courses are available on paragliding but be sure to select an organized program guided by a certified and experienced instructor.


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