Known as closest cousins, Paragliding and hang gliding are different in their structure and weight equipement involved. While hand gliders use metal and heavy sailcloth material to produce a rigid airfoil, paragliding has no rigid airfoil. Hang gliders have more weight and thus weigh more, paraglide is easier to carry and transport. Hang gliding offers myriad possibilities and different launch techniques and styles. Take off options includes foot launching from the hill, aero towing from aircraft and boat. Landing from a hang glider is much easier than the launch; surprisingly, one hang glider can reach a range of landing areas, thanks to the superior glide range. In case of paragliding, you can’t be sure about the landing zones because it is light and portable. The landing depends mostly upon glide ratio and weak wind penetration.
Though the experience and feel are different for each sport, try both sports to get their main differences. There are many destinations in Russia, Cuba, Mexico, UK, Jamaica, Ireland and others that offer Paragliding and Hang gliding services. Let go of your fear and reach new heights with these fly sports. You can also try hot air ballooning, sky surfing, speed flying and other, for an unforgettable experience up in the sky.