Over the years, paragliding has an increasingly huge developments all over the world and the essential equipment to fly could fit in a backpack weighing anywhere from 12kg - 15kg depending on your choice of equipment. It is often that the rucksack will be small enough to be lugged in airplane or the car during traveling.
Like other types of aviation, paragliding is heavily dependent on weather, as well as pilot judgment on the ability to make quick and sound decision when it is required. Age is not a major factor for this sport, as you can enjoy paragliding flights whether you’re a 12 years old girl, an 80 years old man or anywhere in between the age numbers for as long as you possesses the required skills to fly and reasonably healthy person to engage in such sports.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a paragliding?
A paraglider is a foot-launched, ram-air, aerofoil canopy, designed to be flown and landed with no other energy requirements than the wind and gravity.
What are the main component parts of a paragliding?
A canopy (the actual “wing”), risers (the cords by which the pilot is suspended below the canopy) and a harness. In addition, the brake cords provide speed and directional control and carabiners are used to connect the risers and the harness together.
Is a paragliding the same thing as a parachute?
No. A paraglider is similar to a modern, steerable skydiving canopy, but different in several important ways.
The paraglider is a foot-launched device, so there is no “drouge” ‘chute or “slider”, and the construction is generally much lighter, as it doesn’t have to withstand the sudden shock of opening at high velocities.
The paraglider usually has more cells and thinner risers than a parachute.
What is the difference between a hang glider and a paragliding?
A hang glider has a rigid frame maintaining the shape of the wing, with the pilot usually flying in a prone position.
The paraglider canopy shape is maintained only by air pressure and the pilot is suspended in a sitting or supine position.
Where do you fly them from?
Pilots usually fly from a hill or mountain sites that are managed by the site’s recreational club and there are plenty of flying sites throughout Malaysia. The emphasis is usually on hill flying, but tow operations can also be found in the flatland areas of the country.
Do you need a License or Permission to fly?
Yes, as all the airspace in Malaysia is regulated and controlled by Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (formerly known as Department of Civil Aviation/DCA Malaysia)
Please refer to ”TATACARA PELAKSANAAN TAHAP PENTAULIAHAN PARALUNCUR MALAYSIA” for license rating and application procedure.
How much does a paraglider cost?
This varies between makers, models, certification classes and countries of origin but for a beginner or novice level, it will normally cost somewhere in the range of RM8,000 to RM10,000 for a complete starter set.
A new competition paraglider is likely to cost more than RM10,000 but a paraglider that is suitable for a recently trained pilot is more likely to cost between RM6,000 to RM7,000. There are however, used canopies can be obtained for much less but it is strongly advised to check with the instructors for its safety and suitability before purchasing them online/offline.
You will also need other essential equipment such as the harness and helmet.
How long does a paraglider last?
General wear and tear (especially the latter) and deterioration from exposure to ultra-violet usually limit the useful lifetime of a canopy to somewhere in the region of 200 to 300 hours of airtime. This obviously depends strongly on how it is being used.