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Are there any paragliders in here?

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Brent Belt
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#1 Posted: 2/7/2011 17:09:32

While recently watching Tiger Woods chase his ball around Torey Pines I noticed quite a few paragliders sailing along the coast and after further research I now want to fly one. I have skydived before (14 times) and love the feeling of riding under the canopy. Is there anyone that flys around south carolina. I think I would like to eventually get a powered paraglider but would love to learn either. Surely there is someone out there near me?
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Dick Anderson
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#2 Posted: 2/7/2011 19:06:53

Hi, Brent.

    You might check out Powered Sport Flying magazine- www.PSFMagazine.com. They cover powered parachutes and paragliders in each issue. There is a classified ad in the last issue for Peach State Powered Parachutes- www.poweredparachute.info.



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Ronald Goertz
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#3 Posted: 2/10/2011 19:13:51

Hi Brent,

Powered Paragliding is a blast, and can be safe when you know what to do.  Paragliders descend up to 7 times slower than regular parachutes.  I started flying by getting into powered paragliding.  Me and a friend went together and bought a used unit for $3500 and after several training sessions with an instructor we were flying.  Most accidents happen when launching after that stay away from power-lines and open water.  A few people have drowned when they couldn't get out of their harness, you can figure out the other.  Just remember you are riding a swing that swings forward and back, side to side, and twist so you need to know how to dampen it.  That was something I learned on my own, it was a little unnerving at first. 

Good luck,

Ron



Michael Glasgow
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#4 Posted: 2/10/2011 20:22:19

Brent, go to United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association and click on the "Learn to Fly" link.  There are options for "Instructors" and options for "Schools/Dealers."  You don't say where in South Carolina you are located, so I don't know which direction to tell you to look.  There is paragliding going on in the Atlanta area, and also at Lookout Mountain in the Chattanooga area.  There are no paragliding instructors or schools/dealers listed for South Carolina.  There is one hang gliding instructor in the Charleston area.  There are quite a few instructors in North Carolina, scattered around the state.  I am rated in single and multi engine airplanes, as well as hot air balloons, but I have been flying hang gliders and paragliders the past 10 years, and enjoy both types of Part 103 gliders.  I also have 1200 sport parachute jumps, so I am no stranger to air sports.  Most hang gliding and paragliding instructors have various instruction packages to get you started.  Don't try to buy equipment before you start flying, and definitely don't buy something off ebay. Most of the stuff on ebay is outdated.  The newer equipment is so much improved over equipment that is 15 years or more old, that it makes the older gear comparatively unsafe, compared to what is available now.

The United States Ultralight Association  is another place to look, if you are interested in paramotors.  However, they do not show any chapters or instructors in South Carolina either.  The USUA is involved with Part 103 aircraft, including ultralight airplanes, weight shift aircraft (trikes), and powered parachutes as well as paramotors.

Good luck with your searches.



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