Advances in paragliding technology

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Advances in paragliding technology

In this article we will delve into the advances of technology in paragliders, being able to know more about everything it offers us.


The truth is that we can see that since the SharkNose were incorporated the rigid secondary structures, as well as the anchors of the A's have begun to move to be closer than what is the middle chord of the paraglider.

Among the advantages that this represents, we highlight the fact that more stable profiles have been achieved in every speed range, which have already shown that they are much less likely to suffer collapses in the paragliding flight, especially when accelerating at a high speed. Even this has required collapse lines for collapsing testing in the upper categories.

When talking about the collapsing lines of the paraglider, we mean anchoring additional lines that prepend to the A's, almost over the air inlet mouth in the intradose, being able to pull from there to be able to cause the collapse. Not pull the "A" because this way all you get is to accelerate the wing, pulling the lines where almost all the weight is distributed. So pulling the collapse lines causes front, asymmetric, etc.

Hybrid Preprotection

Basically we can say that the hybrid protection of the paragliding is responsible for combining the advantages we get from the airbag and foam.

We can obtain a system with little weight, a high level of safety and very little folded volume, thus improving the passive safety of paragliding flight.

As for chairs with hybrid paragliding protection, these usually have a special design in which the foam is under the seat, so that greater protection isachieved even before we taken off.

When we are already in the air, the protection we have increases with an air cushion that surrounds the pilot's back, greatly improving their safety. Thus you can achieve a better aerodynamic shape, something that was also took into account when designing the paragliding airbag.

So we can say that hybrid protection ends up being especially useful for distance flying chairs and multipurpose chairs, as these are options that are safer and lighter.

Technology in the 3-liners

When talking about 3-liners technology the first thing we can highlight is the fact that it allows 3-line parades to control the flight angle at a maximum speed.

In this way, they can deform in a much cleaner and flatter way, without having to afect the different characteristics of the speed flight. We can imagine an extensive flap flexing downwards from the anchor (something other than conventional designs in which a concave curvature is caused that ends up ruining flight performance quickly when flexing from the band).

On the other hand, we can also highlight the fact that thanks to this function we can get more flat turning radities for weaker dynamics or for ascenders.

In the tests that have been done with this technology we can see how B risers presents a floating pulley through which you can pass a dyneema cord, which is responsible for joining the C bench to the A to have better control/function, being more precise and smooth in which the profile flexes down from the B.

It should be noted that controlling with the paragliding rear risers goes beyond the pilot's technique in order to preserve good performance and high safety. This makes it widely recommended not to touch the commands when stepping on the speed bar.

This is because wrinkling the leaking edge with commands and a low angle of attack at high speeds ends up significantly increasing the risk of collapse. However, this is not the only thing that can happen for this to happen, as there are gliders that have pedal commands at full speed, although the truth is that many consider this to be taking an unnecessary risk.

As you can see, the truth is that the new technologies in the paragliders have brought a lot of advantages both in the safety and performance of paragliding, so that certainly been well received by a lot of pilots.