06 Feb How long does a Paraglider last in the air?
The duration of a paragliding flight can vary considerably depending on a number of factors, such as weather conditions, pilot skill and the type of flight being undertaken. In general, typical recreational flights can last from 15 minutes to several hours.
One of the main factors influencing flight duration is the glider’s ability to take advantage of updrafts, such as thermals and dynamics. In ideal conditions, a skilled pilot can stay aloft for longer periods by finding and efficiently utilising these updrafts.
In competitions and cross-country flights, where pilots seek to cover longer distances, flights can extend to several hours, even reaching a whole day in some cases. In contrast, training or recreational flights in areas with fewer updrafts may be shorter.
It is important to note that safety is always a priority, and pilots must take into account weather conditions and their own ability when planning the duration of their paragliding flights.