The Ultimate Paragliding Quiz

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4 Min 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.

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What is paragliding?

Paragliding is non-motorized flying with an inflatable wing.

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What is the difference between hang gliding and paragliding?

Paragliders use no frame with their parachute, which makes the equipment much lighter.

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How high can paragliders soar?

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 and parachuters fall from the sky.

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What did the sport of paragliding grow out of?

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.

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Who developed the parafoil design that changed the shape of paragliding chutes from round to rectangular?

Domina Jalbert designed the parafoil.

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What is the shape of a paraglider wing?

The wing is elliptically shaped.

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How many people participate in the sport of paragliding in the U.S.?

There are around 5,000 Americans who participate in the sport.

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How long will a wing last?

A wing is good for about 300 hours of paragliding before its viability is compromised.

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What holds the paraglider?

A harness is used to hold the paraglider and provide lumbar support.

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What happens is the wing fails?

In the event of a problem, there is a reserve parachute.

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What protects a pilot from a head injury?

Hopefully the helmet will protect the pilot from a head injury.

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What type of rising air is a column rising from the ground?

A thermal is a column of hot air rising from the ground.

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How high was Ewa Wisnierska when she got caught in a storm while paragliding?

She had ascended 29,000 feet and later suffered from frostbite and shock.

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What is a paragliding gadget?

Paragliders use soaring instruments, such as an altimeter and a variometer.

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What is an altimeter used for?

An altimeter tracks your altitude.

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How much is one day of paragliding lessons?

For a four-to-six-hour lesson expect to pay about $200.

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What should you do to ensure safe paragliding?

The key to safety is to recognize and avoid unsafe wind conditions.

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Compared to other activities, how dangerous is paragliding?

Paragliding compares to horseback riding, snowmobiling or motorcycle riding on the danger scale.

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