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Paragliding is a form of personal aviation that involves a parachute-like wing.

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What constrains a paraglider vertically?

I recently flew on a tandem paraglider for the first time. Since then I keep asking myself a question I have no clear answers to. While flying I clearly perceived the lift generated by the airfoil,...
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Has anyone built a paragliding simulator?

I am searching for a manual on how to build a paragliding simulator, where you can practice controlling the paraglider. My idea of the project is that you sit in a paraglider seat and you can ...
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What airspace are ultralight pilots allowed to use? [duplicate]

So I've been watching videos and thinking about getting into ultra-light aviation. Flying in a personal air-trike or paramotor looks like a lot of fun. Being new to the aviation arena I had a couple ...
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How do paraglider controls work?

I recently got into paragliding, but I am quite confused on how their controls work. I am quite aware of how the control surfaces work on fixed-wing aircraft. Let's use for example an aileron. ...
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What regulations are in place for ultralight vehicles flying over US national parks?

A flight instructor i met with recently said that flying ultralight over national parks is a crime. The law section of the powered paragliders bible has nothing on parks. One would think that ...
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Do I need to use an airfield to take off or land a powered paraglider?

Most aircraft require a runway to take off and land, however powered paragliders simply attach to the pilot's back, requiring the pilot to run a few metres to take off. The landing distance is also ...
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How to calculate flight time from time at full throttle?

I'm building an electrically powered paraglider, and I'm trying to reach one hour of flight time. I've resolved to using 2 18-kilowatt motors. I could use one 35-kilowatt motor, but I'd wrather not ...
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What contra-rotating propellers would be appropriate for this engine?

I am currently getting an X4 cylinder, 150cc, 4 stroke engine 3D CAD Modelled, this engine is initially being designed for Powered Paragliding (PPG), classified as experimental Aircraft, so no ...
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Where does the difference between calculated and actual groundspeed come from?

I'm a paragliding pilot. At school we learn that the trim speed of a paraglider is about 38km/h airspeed, the accelerated airspeed is about 45km/h and the minimum airspeed is 22km/h - being inside the ...
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How can hang gliders and paraglider pilots prevent stall?

Aircraft and gliders usually have instruments to measure air speed and angle of attack, which should be monitored to prevent stalling the aircraft. However, it seems that most paragliders and hang-...
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Why are the strings on paramotors so long?

I don't completely understand why the strings on paraglider/paramotors (connecting the vehicle/person to the parafoil) are so long. Couldn't they be made shorter to reduce the amount of space used? It ...