If you are new to paragliding, you might not know about the different parts of a paraglider. There are some people who only seat on the passenger side of the paraglider that is why they have no clue about the parts as well as their specific functions. Although the paraglider may look just like a small parachute with a bunch of strings on it, it is not as simple as you think. For you to be able to get your own licence so that you can fly solo, you have to get to know these parts and know their functions as well.
- Canopy- The first part of the glider that you must know about is the canopy or others might call it the wing. This is the part that catches the air and is elliptical in shape so that it can catch the air effectively. They are made of a very durable nylon that is able to resist rips so that it can withstand the wind. It is made of two sheets and cells are inflated to make it float in the air. There is a part in the canopy towards the front where the air enters and this part is called the leading edge.
- Lines and Risers – These lines connect the pilot to the canopy so that he can control the glider. There are usually 30 lines or more in each side of the pilot. These bunches of lines are called risers that helps control the direction as well as the speed of the paraglider. There is also a bunch of lines that is attached to the trailing edge and it slows down the glider.
- Paragliding Harness – This part is found on the seat of the passenger and the pilot. Although it looks very uncomfortable to be in it, it is actually designed to be comfortable for the pilot and the passenger and it helps keep both of them safe and enjoy the experience more because of the comfort it provides.
- Safety Equipment – This is one very important part of the paragliding equipment because it is a reserve parachute that you can use when something goes wrong with the one you are currently using. This reserve parachute can be helpful when the canopy collapses or when the lines snap.
- Safety Gear – Aside from the backup parachute, you also need to have safety gear. These are the parts that you wear. You should have a helmet as well as sturdy shoes to help you with your takeoff and landings.
Knowing the parts of your equipment will help you control them in a much easier way. It is by knowing them that you lessen the risk of having harm done to yourself or your passenger. Aside from knowing these parts, you should also be able to secure yourself by making sure that your equipment is always in its top shape. You need to make sure that you only use them when they are in perfect condition and the checking should always be regularly done.