26: The Wing

A paraglider (wing) 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.

For new pilots, starting on a certified EN-A school wing in the weight range may be your most important choice. Hopefully your instructor has one for learning. Some mistakes on higher-reacting, or smaller wings can be a death sentence. On the right school wing they aren’t. Choose wisely.


Lightweight Gliders: Good or Bad?

  Lightweight gliders area a dream to launch. What started out as gear for “hike and fly” free flyers has migrated into every niche of paragliding including paramotor. Over the past few years, they’ve entered nearly every maker’s lineup,...

Paraglider Line Care

I talked with a representative from line maker cousin-trestec, asking for tips on paraglider line care. Here was his response. Avoid getting the lines wet. If they do, allow air drying as quickly as possible out of sunlight to the degree possible. Avoid high heat. As...

Review: Paramotor Wing Tips DVD

All about the care and feeding of your lift-giving wing. Longtime paramotor instructor Michelle Daniele retired from teaching in 2007. She now devotes time to do paraglider inspections and simple repairs. Both during teaching and now doing glider inspections, she has...

Para2000.org is Dead: Go Here

It was a sad day when this easy database of paragliders, Para2000.org, went dark. I don’t know the story but the owner just let it die.  At this point the best we have is an archived version of it as it was in September, 2018 which, for now at least, is...

Are Competition Wings Dangerous?

I plan on selling two of my competition wings, A 2016 Doberman 19 and a 2012 Viper 18, but that got me thinking, who would I sell them to? And is flying them more dangerous? Do they take more skill? It’s complicated, but the short answer is “no” with...

Paramotor Paraglider Certification using DMSV

This may help understand what led up to creation of the short-lived DMSV. In 2008 Paramania wanted to get their gliders certified for sale in Germany. The main certification body said they must be certified as regular paragliders under DHV 1 which their gliders...

Paraglider & Paramotor Certification

We recommend new pilots fly certified gliders since they’re not equipped to be test pilots. Even though the motor may change a wing’s handling, and certification is not done with a motor, it’s still helpful to know how a glider behaves without the...

Paraglider Plastic Rods

Condensed version of a DHV article by Michael Nesler | Click here for his detailed original Plastic rods in paragliders have become ubiquitous. Is it hype or do they help as much as they seem to? DHV pilot Michael Nesler sheds some light. There are different types of...

Paraglider Certification for Paramotor Pilots

Normal paraglider certification is relevant to paramotor pilots, especially newer ones. Here’s why. It describes how a wing behaves in normal and abnormal situations. The excuse “it’s different with a motor” is poppycock. Of course it’s...

Choosing a First Paraglider

I get frequent questions about what glider is best for beginners. Training accidents show this to be a critical choice. Several trainees have died in accidents that would not have happened had they been flying benign, appropriately sized school wings. A good...

Tip: Brake Toggle Bungees

A brake toggle entangling the prop can be fatal. Two fatalities have been caused by it, one captured on video. It’s most likely to happen right after launch, when thrust is pushing the motor towards the riser, and you let go of the brakes. It’s far more...

Paraglider Review Overview

More than any other purchase, you should consult with a qualified instructor about a wing. It is probably your most important decision, right behind picking a good instructor. Also, there is a very good reason for choosing a beginner glider, it’s safer! The...

Wing Loading

Wing Loading See also Choosing a wing. Weight & Speed One important area of understanding is wing loading. How much weight is carried per square meter of wing. It is the all-up flying weight (pilot, motor, fuel, wing) divided by the wing’s projected area....

Overview on Reflex Gliders

Differences between reflex paragliders and “regular” paragliders | See also Origins & Understanding of Reflex Gliders There are some basic differences between reflex and “regular” paragliders that revolve around their airfoil shape (right)...

Paraglider Certification: DULV

Here is some clarification on DULV paraglider testing. Thanks to Pons Lars of Swing and German pilot Stefan Obenauer. First, tests are flown using a paramotor as opposed to free flight without a motor. They are flown at the wing makers listed maximum take-off weight...