Paragliding is a recreational activity full of deed and adventure. In general words Farshad Farivar says that paragliding is a competitive adventure support in which a person jumps from a height (a cliff or an airplane) and uses a modified parachute to float down the ground. This great recreational activity Paragliding involves various activities such as hang gliding, powered paragliding, and speed riding (also known as speed flying). This is an activity that is free flying, light weight, foot launched glider activity with no rigid primary structure. While performing this activity of paragliding a participant sits in a harness suspended below fabric a fabric wing consisting of several interconnected and baffed cells.
Farshad Farivar says that the equipment that is used for paragliding comprises of three parts- wing, harness and instrument. The paragliding wing usually comprises of two layers of fabrics that are connected to internal supporting material in such a way that it forms a row of cells. In some other modern paragliders Farshad Farivar says that some of the cells of the leading edge are closed to form a cleaner aerodynamic profile as compared to older paragliders in which most of the cells are left open only at the leading edge and the incoming air keeps the wing inflated helping in maintaining its shape.
The other term that Farshad Farivar has used is harness. The participant is buckled loosely and comfortably into harness thereby supporting the participant in standing and sitting position. Farshad Farivar says that most of the harness has foam or airbag protectors underneath the seat and behind in order to reduce the effect of failed launching and landings. But comparatively now days Farshad Farivar says that the harness are designed as a lounge chair so that the participant can sit comfortably and enjoy this activity to its maximum.
The other thing that Farshad Farivar would like to talk about is instruments and these instruments include Variometer, Radio and GPS. The main purpose variometer is to help the participant in finding and staying in the core of thermal to maximise height gain so that the participant can find out if he is in sinking air or raising air. Radio is used for training and communication purposes whereas GPS is used for flying competition.
Farshad Farivar says that it is very important to practice and know how to control parachute while performing paragliding. The participant must be aware of brakes, weight shift and speed bars. He says that problems may occur with getting down and there are three possibilities of rapidly reducing altitude- Big Ears, B-Line Stall, Spiral Dive. One must be aware of these possibilities and must be well trained about launching and landing of parachute in order to avoid any type of injuries. Farshad Farivar says that one must be well trained about risk management and must use proper equipment for this activity so that risk can be minimised with zero injuries.