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 The Next Level of Powered Parasailing: Is Powered Paragliding the New Sport of Choice?

If you are looking for the ultimate adventure ride, how about flying high above the ground or the ocean, strapped to a large parachute? This powered parasail will help you float safely and gently to the ground at the end. No, Iím not talking about sky diving; this sport allows you to actually fly through the air in a forward motion before coming down for a landing. The newest rage in sports of flight includes powered parasailing, an activity that straps you to a parachute and tows you through the air by a boat.

Paragliding, or flying solo with a motor on your tiny craft, is often confused with parasailing, but the two are not the same. Powered parasailing is what you might see at many of the resort beaches today, but powered paragliding is quickly becoming the sport of choice. The latter allows the ability to pilot your own craft instead of simply being taken along as a passenger. Letís take a look at the two.

When you parasail, you are towed along in the sky by a boat in the water. The journey begins on the flight deck of the winch boat, where you are strapped to a sturdy harness attached to a large parachute above. As the boat begins to accelerate across the water, the hydraulic winch increases the length of your tow rope. These two actions in tandem lift you into the air, and before you know it, you are sailing high above the boat. The driver of the boat can lower you by stopping the boat at any time, but you are unable to do much to pilot the craft yourself.

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Powered paragliding is launched from level ground, and uses a motor to get and stay airborne. The motor is either attached backpack-style to the pilot and is launched using his feet, or it is connected to a type of cart, and the wheels of the craft set the machine in motion. Instead of using a parachute to stay aloft, this craft has a high-powered elliptical wing, much like those used in regular paragliding. The craft can actually be steered in different directions by the pilot, using left and right control handles. These handles can also help the pilot to change altitude as needed. When you are ready to come in for a landing, you can simply turn off the motor, and the large wing will help you gently descend to the ground. Powered paragliding is much newer to aviation sport than powered parasail, but it is quickly gaining momentum as a fun and relatively safe activity.

If you have tried powered parasailing in the past and loved the adrenaline rush of sailing airborne, you may be ready for the powered paragliding adventure. You can find powered paragliding in many areas of the country, since it doesn't need a body of water and a boat to get the craft moving. States like Arizona, Minnesota and Vermont all offer paragliding training across a pristine countryside that is designed for flight. If this sport sounds like one you would like to try, check your own location for paragliding companies near you. Up, up and away!

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