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Paragliding photos from a September 1996 AARST convention trip by David Saum, Marc Messing and Bill Brodhead. We took lessons in Florida from Francesco (Check) De Santis of U-CAN-FLY-2 in Dover, Florida (813/754-3416). To find paragliding in other parts of the country, check out the Sky Adventures list of paragliding home pages. This new sport was invented in Europe by mountain climbers who wanted to be able to soar off peaks they had climbed! One of the best places to take lessons are ski mountains where you can go up on the lifts and soar off the steep ski runs.
We did not have time the take the next lesson. That would have towed us hundreds of feet into the air, until the tow is released so that you can glide down, or try to find lift. More lessons involve using a small gas engine with a propellor to boost you into the air without towing.
All paragliding photos by Bill Brodhead.
This Grob sailplane photo is from the Estrella Sailport website. They link to lots more soaring photos.