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

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Two Engines Powering One Prop via a Shared Pulley

This question is specifically in reference to Paramotoring. I've seen several videos about paramotors powered by the RC Engine DLE 170, and in all of them it struggled to spin the prop at it's peak ...
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Why would a ram air parachute need less brake input to stall at a higher altitude?

I have some anecdotal evidence that a ram air sport parachute requires less toggle input to stall at higher altitudes. A pilot needed one wrap of the brake lines around the hands to quickly, ...
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How would IAS change with altitude for an unpowered parafoil?

Suppose an unpowered parafoil (e.g. a ram air parachute or paraglider) is descending (gliding) in a standard atmosphere. Suppose a pitot tube is positioned to always point into the relative wind (e.g. ...
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Why do paratroopers not get sucked out of their aircraft when the bay door opens?

A few instances of injury/death were reported when passengers/pilots got partially sucked out of the airplane due to cabin depressurisation in a commercial aircraft. Paratroopers, on the other hand, ...
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What are the fundamental differences between a parachute and a paraglider?

I want to know the difference between a paraglider and a parachute. Can you explain the difference between a paraglider and a parachute in general?
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Does paragliding count towards total time?

Does Paragliding count towards flight hours for "Total Time" in either commercial license 250 or the ATP 1500? If not, what are the cheapest ways to acrue raw "total time" hours? ...
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What limits high altitude powered paragliders other than the engine?

Due to their extremely low wing loading, powered paragliders stall at very low indicated airspeeds compared to other airplanes. A typical paraglider can continue flying all the way down to 10-15 ...
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What's a normal response delay for a paragliding vario?

I'm a paragliding pilot with P4 licence and I've purchased a 2nd-hand FLYMASTER B1NAV flight instrument for XC flights – mainly for logging the flights (route, distance, max. speed etc). It is an ...
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When a paraglider pilot applies brake on one side and maintains the brake pressure, why does the roll rate eventually come to zero?

I recently started to study paragliding and I am confused about the rolling movement created when a brake is maintained. I was reading this answer How do paraglider controls work? and I am not clear ...
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Statistically, how safe are para-motor craft compared to other GA planes?

I know there are very well kept records for death and accident rates in GA aircraft, but I was wondering if there were numbers for para-motor aircaft that are easy to compare?
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Why is paragliding not an old invention?

Paraglider looks like a rather simple device for me. It does not have a complex engine that needs lots of technology to be built. It also does not need a powered aircraft just to be launched. Looking ...
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An airplane has an engine that pushes its flight. What force pushes a glider to fly? [duplicate]

An airplane has an engine that pushes its flight. What force pushes a glider to fly? Is it gravity? I think the flight of a glider is driven by gravity, but some people disagree with me. They say ...
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Can anyone explain the reflex wings used in powered paragliding?

There are some paramotoring wings presumably designed for higher speeds. The method is to allow a portion of the wing near trailing edge to flutter in high speed, rendering it unaccountable for ...
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Can a paraglider rescue chute and its pilot handle terminal velocity?

Imagine a paraglider cuts his main chute and reaches terminal velocity. Can he still land safely when he deploys hes rescue chute? The european standards require that paragliding rescue chutes can ...
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Whats the difference between a paragliding rescue chute and a parachute?

Whats the difference betweem a paragliding rescue chute and a parachute and could I use a parachute as a paragliding rescue chute and what would be a disadvantage/advantage? At least these points are ...
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How should a glider pilot handle inadvertently entering a foreign country?

Typically, when an aircraft lands on a different country than its departure, it has to land on an international airport. There many services are provided like customs, passport control etc, to make ...
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If a beginner paraglider / paramotor wing fully stalls, how much vertical distance is needed for recovery?

In paramotoring, a beginner wing is a wing with A, B, C, D and F (brake) lines. When a full stall is induced, a pilot may fall a long, long ways before the wing will recover, and most will need to ...
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Is this safety ranking of different aviation methods accurate? [closed]

I'm compiling a list of essentially "Different ways a human can fly" and then ranking them in order of safest to most dangerous. This is my final list, is it statistically (and practically) accurate? ...
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Can I fly a paramotor after learning on a paraglider?

This video has inspired me to spend next week doing a 6 day paragliding course. The only downside is the school near me don't teach paramotoring. Could I buy (and safely use/self-teach) a paramotor ...
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Could Falcon 9 fairing become glidable / flyable?

Reading and thinking about this and this questions on space exploration stackexchange, I was wondering if the fairing could shape itself, so that it becomes one stable and steerable gliding element ...
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Can paragliders in the US communicate with ATC?

I am a private pilot looking to get into paragliding. After talking to some of my friends who do paragliding in the San Francisco Bay area and watching YouTube videos I noticed some fly through places ...
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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 ...
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