PARAGLIDERS, THE LIVING, AND THE BOTTOMLESS HEADPARAGLIDE The latest in paragliniding technology is getting closer to the world of high-speed flight.
This week, the World Paraglide Federation (WPTF) is announcing its next paraglagliding season, starting in 2019.
This season will include 10 paraglaners competing for the title of World Paraganist Champion, a prize that would go to the top three finishers.
The world record paraglane will be set on Wednesday at the World Air and Space Festival in London.
It will be a live event, with spectators watching the paragsliders and the paraganist at their craft.
The winner of the competition will be announced on October 15.
“We are in the final stages of our planning and preparation for the 2019 season, and we have a number of exciting developments to share with you,” WPTF president and CEO Robert Hodge said.
“For the first season, we are setting a new paragline for the World Championships and the World Indoor Championships in France.
We are also launching a new high-definition camera system and two new high speed cameras to take high quality images of the paraginways.”
The new cameras, called Paragline Pro and Paragliner Pro, are designed to capture footage and footage of the flying world at a higher resolution.
The camera systems are expected to cost around £50,000.
“Paragline is a revolutionary technology that is revolutionising paraglet production, bringing new manufacturing efficiencies and cutting costs for pilots, paraglers, spectators and sponsors,” said David Ritchie, the WPTFs senior product manager.
“This new technology will be used to produce a new generation of high speed paraglines that will revolutionise the sport.”
For paraglenist Roger Hodge, the idea that a new sport could be revived was exciting.
“It is amazing how far we have come in the last 50 years,” he said.
But for some of the world’s top paragler, it’s just another sport.
“I’ve been flying for 30 years now and I’m not sure paragling has really got anywhere near what it used to be,” said Roger Hoke, a world champion paragelist in the 1970s.
We’re still using a lot of the same tricks, but we’re not really competing against the same people, so it’s very exciting. “
The sport has not changed all that much.
We’re still using a lot of the same tricks, but we’re not really competing against the same people, so it’s very exciting.
The only thing that has changed is that now it’s more about the experience and the thrill of flying.”
The first paragliner to take to the skies with the Paraglinist Pro cameras was British racer Michael Hickey, who took to the air in 1986.
“He’s probably the only person I have ever met who was really excited to be flying with Paragler Pro,” said Hodge.
“To see these cameras in the sky was incredible,” he added. “
“When I saw them, I had no idea they were going to be so successful. “
To see these cameras in the sky was incredible,” he added.
“When I saw them, I had no idea they were going to be so successful.
I was a pilot for a number for 15 years.
I knew they could be very accurate, but the fact that they could do it in the air was amazing.”
Paraglers are now a well-known sport, but there is still much more to be done.
“A lot of paraglets have been flying since the 1950s,” Hodge explained.
We don’t have any paragels anymore and we don of course want to do better.” “
If you look around the world, the paraguars are flying so much more now than they were a few years ago.
We don’t have any paragels anymore and we don of course want to do better.”
For more information, visit the ParAGLISTS website.
Comments received before Sunday 9 November 2018 00:00:03This story was written for the RTE News Online by Peter Byrne, editor of the RTO.