Paragliding has been a popular motor-less form of flight in the U.S. for over 20 years. Paraglider pilots usually launch from remote and sometimes hard to access mountain tops, so that is why it isn't as well recognized by the general public and often confused with "Para-Sailing". Paraglider pilots use very efficient paragliders that are similar to the square parachutes most everyone has seen but larger, more elliptical in shape and geared for optimizing glide performance to take advantage of the lift mother nature provides. Most people that try paragliding for the first time are amazed at how free they feel, how quiet and peaceful it is and how much of the sky and terrain below they can see.
Here at ParagliderRides.com, we use a payout winch towing system to be able to launch instructional tandem flights in the calm morning and afternoon air and thus we do not need to rely on a specific mountain site to have the right wind and weather conditions. We have a few places we go and most locations work with any wind direction so cancellations are much less likely with us. We also get our student passengers much higher on tow compared to a more challenging mountain launch.
Here's what some of our former students have said about their flights:
"What an amazing experience and total adrenalin rush! Thanks Sean for showing me what it is like to fly like a bird."
Nicole - Tempe AZ