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Meetup details changed: Elementary Paragliding Course

From: Manideep K
Sent on: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 8:57 AM

I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:

When: Wednesday, October 30,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Kamshet

RSVP limit: 11 "Yes" RSVPs

4 Days Paragliding Course in Kamshet, Pune

Last day for payment will be Oct 20th 2013.


Duration: 4 Days 
Degree of difficulty: Somewhere between easy and strenous

Paragliding is the closest one can feel about flying.  The take-off slope is divided into 3 stages - The First, Second & Third Bump. One gets a chance to do ground handling for 2 days and then fly from the Bumps. The Bumps are in a hierarchy and gives one longer air time as one proceeds.

Basic Courses

Day - 1 - Familiarization with the equipment, inflation technique and ground run. Practice ground runs and hopping techniques.

Day - 2 - Alpine launch (take off techniques).

Day - 3 - Supervised solo flight including practice turns.

Day - 4 - Practice spot landing and solo flight.

What is paragliding
A paraglider is a mixture of parachute and hangglider (delta). The shoot is made of a rectangular peace of rip stop nylon which is specially coated with polyurethane to avoid porosity. The shape is attached to a reed by lines. The canopy is constructed of a top and a bottom surface joined by a number of vertical segments, resulting in chambers known as "the cells". The opening at the front is called the leading edge. After inflation the canopy takes up an airfoil shape with a fattish lower surface and a curved top. The rear edge of the wing is called the trailing edge. The lines are made of very strong Kevlar and are usually encased in an outer sheath of nylon. The risers connect the canopy lines to the reed. The trailing edge is connected by risers called control lines and constitute the most important part of the glider. The control risers let the pilot maneuver the paraglider.

Some frequently asked questions on flying

What is a Paraglider?
A paraglider is a foot-launched, ram-air, aerofoil canopy, designed to be flown and landed with no other energy requirements other than the wind, gravity and the pilot's musclepower. A Paraglider descends at about 3 minutes per 1000' of altitude. However, if the air is rising faster than the glider is descending (as often happens) the glider will gain height, Flights of 1-3 hours are not uncommon and easily possible around the coastline of Jersey. Paragliders are designed for soaring flight u

Is Paragliding Safe?
Paragliding, like any other adventure sport, has its associated risks and to operate safely in any kind of aviation environment one must strive at all times to minimize those risks. The most important pre-requisites to learning to fly safely are: pilot attitude, competent instruction, and safe equipment. If these conditions are met the slow speeds and inherent stability of paragliders can provide a safe and easy way to experience Flying with the Birds! nlike Parachutes which are designed to descend.

Do you jump off a Cliff?
Definatly not! I don't jump off anything. Paragliders are usually launched by running off of moderate slopes (could be above a cliff) with the glider inflated above your head untill you are lifted off your feet and thus flying!

What is the difference between a Paraglider and a Hang Glider?
A Hang Glider has a rigid frame maintaining the shape of the wing, with the pilot usually flying in a prone position. The Paraglider canopy shape is maintained only by air pressure and the pilot is suspended in a sitting or supine position. The Hang-glider has a "cleaner" aerodynamic profile and generally is capable of flying at much higher speeds than a Paraglider. A Paraglider folds down into a package the size of a largish knapsack and can be carried easily in any form of transport. Conversely, a Hang-glider needs a vehicle with a roof-rack (usually with extensions) for transportation to and from the flying site, as well as appreciable time to set-up and strip-down. It's also great deal easier to learn to fly a Paraglider than a Hang Glider. What can compare to hiking to the site with your aircraft strapped to your back!

How high can you fly?
When training you will start out just skimming the ground. As you progress and become more skilled and confident you will gradually go higher. (Under your instructors directions) Using ridge lift as is the case in Jersey you may be able to get up to about 800ft above sea level but by thermalling in other countries Paragliders have been able to reach over 18,000' above sea level.


Approximate Cost per head: 18,500.00 (Includes Food, Transportation, Accomodation, GHAC donation and Org fund)

Amount will be shared equally if it is more or less

Payment Details:

Payments to be made to


Great Hyderabad Adventure Club,  
A/C No[masked] (Current Account)  
ICICI Bank Ltd,  
Road No 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.  
NEFT/ISFC Code: ICIC[masked]

Please mention meetup id : "YOURNAME[masked]"in the transaction comment section while making the payment.

Also after payments confirm the same in the comments section below by mentioning your name and the transaction reference number.


Once your payment is confirmed you will be moved to the "Yes"list. Please note, only 10 slots available for this course. So hurry!

Important Instructions:

Most of us may not be serious trekkers but all of us have equal responsibility in protecting our beloved earth. GHAC earnestly requests all its members to be socially responsible whilst the treks and avoid any littering, shouting when in wild or causing anything that would disturb the normal ecology. Hence:

1) no smoking and no alcohol  
2) No littering, no pollution of water  
3) This is not a luxury trip, but all care has been taken to make your trip comfortable      
4) We carry Basic First Aid and if you need anything you can ask the organizers  
5) If you feel unwell bring to the notice of the organizers immediately.  
8) If you cant swim don't go deep into the water

9)Organizer word is final, and if any unwanted behaviour is exhibited, the person would be removed from the trek at anytime.

Things to bring:

A good and positive mood filled with Smiles :)

Medicines as per your need

Refreshments / chocolates / energy bars/ Energy Drinks

Water bottle - 2 Liters

Extra clothes considering 2 days' trip

Photo Id Xerox(Employee/College Id, Pan card/ Driving License)




Manideep .


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