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    Why do paragliders fly?

    Paragliders fly thanks to the aerodynamics of their design and the interaction with air currents. Here is a basic explanation of why paragliders can lift and stay in the air:

    • Glider design: The glider has a flexible wing that resembles a glider wing. This sail is made of strong, lightweight material and its shape is designed to capture and channel air efficiently.
    • Inflation: When the pilot runs forward during take-off, the wind will fill the wing, inflating it completely. This inflation creates a wing shape that takes advantage of air currents to generate lift.
    • Updrafts: Once in the air, paragliders look for updrafts, such as thermals or dynamic currents generated by the topography of the terrain. These updrafts provide additional upward force, allowing the glider to gain altitude and stay aloft.
    • Pilot control: The pilot can control the direction and speed of flight by means of the control lines attached to the wing. By tilting and turning the glider, the pilot can manoeuvre and maintain control during the flight.


    In short, paragliders fly thanks to a combination of aerodynamic design for lift and the pilot’s ability to take advantage of air currents. This combination of factors allows paragliders to experience the sensation of free and controlled flight.

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