- Posted May 5, 2013 by
Para Gliding in Karachi.
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
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.