The Ultimate Paragliding Quiz

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The Ultimate Paragliding Quiz
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About This Quiz

Share the blue skies with our feathered friends by paragliding. Some 5,000 people in the U.S. participate in this daring activity. Take this quiz to learn more about the gentle sport of paragliding.
What does dreaming about flying mean?
bad news
good things to come
Analysts say that if you dream of flying, it may be a sign of good things to come, because you have a sense of power and freedom.
financial disaster

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What is paragliding?
motorized flying with a parachute
nonmotorized flying with an inflatable wing
Paragliding is non-motorized flying with an inflatable wing.
parachuting

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What is the difference between hang gliding and paragliding?
no frame
Paragliders use no frame with their parachute, which makes the equipment much lighter.
no parachute
heavier equipment

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How high can paragliders soar?
4,572 feet
8,500 feet
15,000 feet
Paragliders can get up to 15,000 feet (4,572 meters).

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What is the big difference between paragliding and parachuting?
Paragliders start on the ground.
Parachuters fall from the sky.
Both answers are correct
Paragliders start on the ground and parachuters fall from the sky.

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What did the sport of paragliding grow out of?
military parachute jumping practice
When soldiers where being trained for parachuting, an easier and faster way for them to practice than being dropped from a plane was to be tethered to a moving truck and launched from the ground. Paragliding grew out of this practice by modifying the traditional chutes into a wing shape.
hang gliding
bungee jumping

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Who developed the parafoil design that changed the shape of paragliding chutes from round to rectangular?
Domina Jalbert
Domina Jalbert designed the parafoil.
Wright Brothers
Henry Ford

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What is the shape of a paraglider wing?
round
rectangular
elliptical
The wing is elliptically shaped.

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How many people participate in the sport of paragliding in the U.S.?
1000
2500
5000
There are around 5,000 Americans who participate in the sport.

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How long will a wing last?
300 hours
A wing is good for about 300 hours of paragliding before its viability is compromised.
500 hours
750 hours

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What holds the paraglider?
harness
A harness is used to hold the paraglider and provide lumbar support.
risers
wing

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What happens is the wing fails?
reserve parachute is utilized
In the event of a problem, there is a reserve parachute.
serious injury
certain death

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What protects a pilot from a head injury?
wing
helmet
Hopefully the helmet will protect the pilot from a head injury.
risers

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What type of rising air is a column rising from the ground?
thermal
A thermal is a column of hot air rising from the ground.
wave lift
ridge lift

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How high was Ewa Wisnierska when she got caught in a storm while paragliding?
10,000 feet
19,000 feet
29,000 feet
She had ascended 29,000 feet and later suffered from frostbite and shock.

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What is a paragliding gadget?
altimeter
variometer
both answers
Paragliders use soaring instruments, such as an altimeter and a variometer.

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What is an altimeter used for?
tracks your altitude
An altimeter tracks your altitude.
indicates speed of climbing or falling
tells your location

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How much is one day of paragliding lessons?
200
For a four-to-six-hour lesson expect to pay about $200.
400
500

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What should you do to ensure safe paragliding?
replace the wing after 100 hours of use
avoid unsafe wind conditions
The key to safety is to recognize and avoid unsafe wind conditions.
stay on the ground

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Compared to other activities, how dangerous is paragliding?
comparable to horseback riding
Paragliding compares to horseback riding, snowmobiling or motorcycle riding on the danger scale.
comparable to bicycle riding
comparable to professional football

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