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    Posted May 5, 2013 by
    Karachi., Pakistan

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    Para Gliding in Karachi.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     After finding the Karachi Gliding Club on Facebook, iReporter KazmiSahib went to the Pakistan Air Force Korangi base near Karachi, Pakistan to capture these images of instructor Ajab Khan (first picture) encouraging his trainees before they took to the air. The group are keen to raise more awareness of gliding -- both hang gliding and paragliding -- in the country, both for tourism and for search and rescue. "I have gone for gliding and it was great fun," our iReporter says. "I felt like a bird."
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Karachi Gliding Club is a professional light sport aviation club aimed at bringing unforgettable flying experience, around the beautiful coastal city of Karachi, to its members, from diverse walks of life, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.

    Paragliding is a fun, exciting and relatively easy way to fly. An inflatable wing and harness are used to experience this free form of flying. A key benefit over other forms of flight is the ability of the pilot being able to pack up and carry his glider on foot after his/her flight.
    Paragliding is a relatively new sport and was started by using modified skydiving canopies in the 1980s. Since then the technology has progressed allowing for longer gliders and safer
    An alternative to paragliding is hang gliding. Although hang gliding is similar and sometimes confused with paragliding the aircraft are quite different. A Hang Glider will have a better glide and can fly in stronger winds. Compared to a Paraglider it can take a higher fitness level to operate and extra work is required for setup and pack up.
    Paragliding is a great accessible way to fly. The sport is one of the best kept secrets out there. Soaring effortlessly over beautiful scenery alongside Kestrels or Eagles is just one of the many highlights.
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