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Speed range[edit]

I changed the average speed range from 20-60 km/h to 21-45 km/h, which seems much more indicative of the normal wing. I also added the equivalent range in mph.

For consistency, all the metric data should also probably be presented in the English system to make the data more meaningful to more people.—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:04, 18 September 2007‎ (UTC)


I'm going to have a go at the history section in the next few days. At present I feel it is much too heavily weighted to the prehistory of the equipment rather than telling the story of the evolution of the sport. I plan on removing some of this clutter (and the self contradiction about the origin of the term 'paragliding') and adding a bit more explanation. In particular I was thinking of making it clear that PG is a convergence of the following threads:

  • development in parachuting - the ram air chute
  • development in free flying - the ethos of HG
  • parascending and other uses of chutes for 'flying' (barish etc). (not 100% sure about this one - it was more a sideshow than a direct line in the development, except in the UK)

After the Mieussy guys I'm going to put how the removal of parachute constraints (opening shock) drove PG development (kevlar lines, non porous material, aspect ratio, cell numbers) and where this is going today. I'll include something about the development of homologation. On the activity side I'm going to touch on the PG/HG wars and their resolution (more or less) and the way PG activity development paralleled HG development. Finally, current trends.

All suggestions/comments gratefully received. Jontyla (talk) 14:51, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

Whatever you add must be sourced. I'm a bit disappointed that though I unprotected the article, I'm not seeing the changes it definitely needs. I'm strongly tempted to relinquish my ability to act as an admin here just so I can go in and start cutting all of the unsourced information, the non-neutral statements, etc. Qwyrxian (talk) 15:40, 3 November 2011 (UTC)
I'm aiming to run through it section by section, removing unsourced stuff in the process. I think it needs a top to bottom cleanup. Jontyla (talk) 20:43, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

Removal of unsourced info coming[edit]

Just a warning to anyone watching: in a week or two (or possibly later, since I may forget), I'm taking out everything unsourced. This article has been unsourced and yet extremely specific for a long time. Wikipedia policy, WP:V says that it's better to have no information than to have information that is dubious/unverifiable. Qwyrxian (talk) 02:11, 8 August 2012 (UTC)

Can we replace some of the photos?[edit]

Almost all photographs in the article are of ridge soaring - is it possible to replace some of this redundancy with mountain & thermal flights? JanBielawski (talk) 21:02, 24 June 2013 (UTC)

Restructuring based on German version[edit]

The German version of this article is an excellent article since 2005. Whenever I have time I would like to change the format of the English version to bring i up to Standard.

For others to help me with this i have translated the German contents:

   1 History
   2 Equipment
       2.1 Wing
       2.2 Harness
       2.3 Instruments
       2.4 Clothing
       2.5 Further equipment
   3 Launching, flying, thermalling, landing
       3.1 Launching
           3.1.1 Forward launch
           3.1.2 Reverse launch
           3.1.3 Towed launch
           3.1.4 Coast launch (combination of coast soaring and reverse/cobra launch - in discussion to be removed)
       3.2 Control
       3.3 Breaking
       3.4 Accelerated flight
       3.5 Thermalling, soaring
       3.6 Maneuvers and flight conditions (covering fast decents and collapses)
       3.7 Landing
       3.8 Dangers
           3.8.1 Thrill sport and skill sport (excerpt from academic research on the dangers of paragliding)
           3.8.2 Causes of accidents
           3.8.3 Accidents in numbers 
   4 Training, licencing and legal frameworks (focus on Alps in German Wiki)
       4.1 Germany / Austria 
           4.1.1 Basic training
           4.1.2 Cross country flying
           4.1.3 Sites
           4.1.4 Tandem flying
           4.1.5 Instructor training
           4.1.6 Insurances
           4.1.7 Youth development
       4.2 Switzerland
       4.3 Italy
       4.4 France
       4.5 Other countries
   5 Competitive flying
   6 Records
   7 Fascination
   8 Tandem flying
   9 Paragliding and the environment
   10 Related activities
       10.1 Sky diving
       10.2 Hang gliding
       10.3 Gliding
       10.4 Speed Flying
   11 National associations
   12 Related 
   13 References
   14 External links
   15 Sources

NainDeathlegs (talk) 07:58, 28 April 2016 (UTC)