Paragliding is a flying sport which began in the French Alps during the mid 1980s. The French call it PARAPENTE (pronounced para-pont). Paragliders, as we call them in the U.S., are loosely based on the ram-air, square parachutes that skydivers use. The paraglider pilot carries the wing folded in a back pack to the launch site. It is then unfolded and carefully laid out on the ground behind the pilot.
The pilot moves forward into the prevailing wind and the glider inflates and rises overhead like a big kite. After a few steps, the pilot is airborne. The pilot controls the speed and direction of the glider with right and left hand-held toggles. As the pilot gently sinks to earth, the paraglider is slowed almost to a full stop by the application of the toggles for a soft and easy landing.
A full service powered paraglider training, sales and service center is now available in Oregon and the Southwest Washington area! We now have programs available for:
OVER THE HILL PARAMOTOR
We sell and service most major brands of paramotoring gear and are the OREGON & SW WASHINGTON exclusive authorized dealer for the innovative new 41 lb MINIPLANE paramotor power pack. We think that this quiet lightweight new motor will revolutionize the sport of powered paragliding. For more details go to the MINIPLANE page. There is an English version on their home page.
For more information that is not on this Web site or to sign up for classes call us at 503-667-4557 and/or go to the SIGN-UP FORM.
Fly happy and safe... Larry Pindar OVER THE HILL PARAGLIDING/POWERED PARAGLIDING