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The history of Paragliding

Paragliding evolved from single skin round parachutes used in World War II that only dropped straight down. During the 1960s interest in making parachutes fly off and along slopes, be steerable, stay in the air longer, go further distances and land better inspired innovation and experimentation.

In 1964 Domina Jalbert created a ‘ram-air’ rectangular “parafoil” with double-skinned sectioned cells that inflated to create an aerofoil shape.   In the 1978 French Jean-Claude Bétemps with two friends launched off a mountain called Mieussy using ‘parapentes’ or ‘slope gliders’ in what is now widely acknowledged as the first paragliding flights.  

The sport became popular starting in Europe and spreading throughout the rest of the world.  Technological advances in design, materials, non-porous fabric,  harnasses and steering systems makes this a mature and increasingly safer sport.

The technology to develop better, faster and safer paragliders of many different styles and their derivatives including ‘speed wings’ and motorised paraglider continues today.

Here's What We Do Better

Here's What We Do Better

How we teach paragliding

The benchmark of an excellent teacher is an excellent student. We strive to exceed the student’s expectations with personalized attention, safety, comprehensive curriculum, empathy and fun.

All the ingredients for an experience you will not forget. We pride our selves on bringing together top instructors from all over the World. Lisa strives to continue raising the teaching benchmark, so we can offer the best service and education available to students.

Oz Paragliding and Hang gliding training are conducted at the Oz Sky Ranch a purpose-built flight training facility. Then we can optimize instruction for your needs. Feel secure and fly with the best.

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Discovery Tandem

HANG GLIDING – PARAGLIDING NO EXPERIENCE NEED

PARAGLIDING DAY COURSE

FUN DAY OUT


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2 Day Intro Course

YOU GET TO FLY SOLO


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9 DAY LICENSE COURSE

BECOME A PILOT


Advanced courses

TOWING – TEACHER TRAINING – XC

 

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New Zealand Tours

QUEENSTOWN & WANAKA


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HANG-GLIDING COURSES


LEARN TO FLY A HANG-GLIDER


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