Educational by Chapter of the Powered Paragliding Bible

I: First Flight

01 Training Process

02 Gearing Up

03 Handling the Wing

04 Prep For 1st Flight

05 The Flight

06 Flying With Wheels 

II: Spreading Wings

07 Weather Basics

08 The Law

09 Airspace   

10 Flying Anywhere

11 Controlled Airports

12 Setup & Mx

13 Flying Cross Country

14 Flying With Others

III: Mastery

15 Adv Ground Handling

16 Precision Flying

17 Challenging Sites

18 Advanced Maneuvers

19 Risk Management

20 Competition

21 Free Flight Transition

IV: Theory

22 Aerodynamics

23 Motor & Propeller

24 Weather & Wind

25 Roots: Our History

V: Choosing Gear

26 The Wing

27 The Motor Unit

28 Accessories

29 Home Building

VI: Getting the Most

30 Other Uses

31 Traveling With Gear

32 Photography

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33 Organizing Fly-Ins

34 Places To Fly

35 Preserving the Sport

36 Tandem

Chapter 26: The Wing

Jan 15, 2007 | Section V: Choosing Gear

The 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.

See also Chapter 22 on aerodynamics and specifically the article related Reflex Wings.

Going Fast  Perfect Beginner Wing  Certification  My 1st Paraglider  Paraglider Care  If It Gets Wet


Most 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.

Wings 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 turn tendency.

Wings typically last about 300 hours. Here is a cost analysis of powered paragliding.

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