Parasailing vs. Hang
By Hanna Nilson
Parasailing vs., Hang Gliding; It's the difference between driving
and being driven.
Many people get these two
sports mixed-up when, actually, they are very different. If you're
considering an airborne adventure but can't decide between parasailing
and hang-gliding, consider whether or not you would like to be in
control. The difference between parasailing and hang gliding lies in
the equipment and its usage.
allows you to be driven while hang gliding gives you the freedom to
direct the sail at your will. This is because, when parasailing, you
are attached to a high-speed moving vehicle (car or boat) which keeps
the parasail aloft and allows the parasailor to relax and enjoy the
ride. Also, unlike the hang glider, the parasail is comparable to a
parachute. It is a large envelop, which is designed to catch the wind
and keep the rider up in the air.
On the other
hand, the hang glide is designed to sail through the air, so it is
flat with the aerodynamic structure of a large kite. The pilot is
attached to a frame or handle-bar which, once in the air, allows the
pilot to maneuver the aircraft without the help of another vehicle.
This aircraft is usually launched from a high altitude, such as from
off a cliff or mountain ledge. It gradually descends over various
distances ranging from about 40km to 60km. Other launch techniques
include foot-launching from a hill, tow-launching from a ground-based
tow system, air-towing (behind a powered aircraft), powered harnesses,
and being towed up by a boat
If it is
your first time attempting an airborne sport or if you are nervous in
anyway about flying, it is advised that parasailing be the first step.
Parasailing is a team effort and requires mutual cooperation and
support. With the help of a professional or more experienced person to
take control of the direction and speed, parasailing can be a very
relaxed and leisurely experience.
parasailors or hang gliders are also encouraged to seek training from
a certified professional or training instructor before taking their
first solo flight. Furthermore, it is a smart practice to make sure
that the equipment that will be used is standard and in good
condition. It is very unlikely that there will come across any damaged
gear, however, accidents do happen and one can never be too cautious
when practicing an extreme sport.
hang gliding can be dangerous if the person pursuing it is careless.
However, hang-gliding is a one man sport. So, the only person
responsible for the trip is the pilot, you! Without the guidance of a
driver below, the pilot has to stay alert and in control of the
aircraft in order to safely enjoy the ride.
parasailing and hang gliding are air sports, weather is a huge factor.
This means that, especially if you are considering hang gliding; the
pilot must be aware of the wind patterns and expected forecast. Hang
gliding and/or parasailing in the rain or during heavy winds can be
very dangerous. So, be sure you're in the clear and that the winds are
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