26: The Wing
Jan 15, 2007 | Section V:
correct wing choice will have a profound effect on your
safety, success and enjoyment of powered paragliding. It is not the place
to skimp or buy on a whim.
Other Articles on Wings
See also Chapter 18's
Flying Small Wings.
Chapter 22 on aerodynamics
and specifically the article related
Perfect Beginner Wing
My 1st Paraglider
If It Gets
paraglider wings used by motor pilots are the same ones used for soaring
although that's changing slowly as manufacturers narrow down what works
better for what motor pilots do.
My 1st Paraglider includes a
chart that helps you choose the appropriate wing to match a desired wing
loading. It is good for choosing wing size as well as style.
continue to evolve and this section expands on what is covered in the PPG
Bible into areas and charts that could not be included due to space. New
advancements will also be included here to help pilots stay current.
Don't be fooled into thinking that "beginner" or "school" wings are inferior.
The big deal is that they let you fly and learn with less risk of
crashing. And there's a LOT of risk for crashing as a new pilot. As a
new pilot, you want characteristics that make them benign. Make sure to read
My 1st Paraglider. If you opt
for a more sporty handling wing, than it will be far more up to your
instructor to insure you learn how to handle our craft's pendular
weirdness and the importance of not pulling too much brake, especially
while climbing and especially while turning against your motor's natural
Wings typically last about 300 hours. Here is a
cost analysis of powered paragliding.