Paragliding emerged as a sport in the early eighties after a few courageous pioneers leaped off the Alps using converted parachutes. Since then it has developed exponentially. Easier and more accessible than hang gliding due to its lightweight equipment, paragliding can be enjoyed by people of all ages the world over. Paragliding is acknowledged worldwide as the essential guide to this fast-growing, thrilling sport. It takes the reader from an introduction to the basic techniques, through the rules of the sport, and on to the equipment necessary for the ultimate experience of "flying."
This fully illustrated handbook includes chapters on piloting, weather, wind and lift, advanced equipment, safety, rules and laws, and airspace.