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Hang gliding in South Africa is one of the most novel ways to enjoy our country’s spectacular and varied scenery. One of the simplest forms of human flight, hang gliding is facilitated by means of a manual wing that is launched by foot. A conventional hang glider comprises of a rigid aluminium frame that maintains the shape of the wing, covered with rip-stop nylon or mylar. The contraption is normally controlled by a pilot that flies in a prone position. The hang glider is controlled by the pilot who has been trained to shift his/her weight in accordance with the gilder, while hanging suspended from a strap that is connected to the frame (from there the term hang gliding). The pilot is able to alter the centre of gravity of the glider by moving forward and backward, as well as side to side. This movement allows the pilot to control the velocity and turning angle of the glider, which pitches and rolls in the direction of his/her motion. A hang gliders can stay aloft for approximately three hours and has the potential to climb to up to 15000ft, which allows passengers to enjoy vast cross-country excursions. Hang gliding, although often confused with parachuting or skydiving, differs in that parachutes are deployed during free-fall from an airplane and then descends to terra firma; whereas hang gliders launch themselves by foot from a gentle hillside. The equipment used for the latter is much more aerodynamic and has been designed to go upward, rather than down. Like most adventure sports, hang gliding can be as safe or as dangerous as you want to make it. Going the safe route entails getting instruction from a professional or aligning yourself with an accredited activity provider that has safe equipment. Another thing to keep in mind when booking a hang gliding excursion is that the sport and the enjoyment thereof is highly dependant on the weather. It is best to discuss this with the activity provider in question before you make payment on a booking to ensure that you are filled in with regard to cancellation policies, inclement weather allowances, etc.

 


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