How To Avoid Hang Gliding Accident
The best way to avoid a hang gliding accident is to not do it, but that would be no fun. From the time humans existed on this earth, we have wondered what it would be like to fly. From Leonardo DaVinci to the Wright Brothers and Boeing Aircrafts, the dream of flying has been realized. Hang gliding offers the most realistic experience of flying like a bird out in the open over hills and dunes. If you are curious about hang gliding but are afraid of having a hang gliding accident, this article is for you.
- Research information about hang gliding and equipment used. Borrow a few books from your local library on hang gliding that talk about theory of flight, wind resistance, training, equipment needed and what to look for in an instructor. Familiarize yourself with equipment terms used to hang glide, such as the glider frame and harness.
- Find a good hang gliding instructor and group to join. Use the Internet or phonebook to find information. You can join the United States Hang gliding and Paragliding Association at http://www.ushpa.aero/, which will enable you to find places that teach hang gliding classes with reputable instructors, find mentors, read about others experiences, find statistics on hang gliding accidents and learn about everything you would ever need to know about hang gliding.
- Use common sense. Most hang gliding accidents can be avoided by using a little common sense. Common sense seems to be in short supply these days with people texting and driving or falling into fountains. Take lessons, take notes, really learn the equipment and the rules, and if all else fails, just think of what your grandmother would advise you to do.
- Safety first. Do not go hang gliding by yourself if you want to avoid an accident. Always have someone on the ground to help you if you get into trouble or the wind takes you off course. Listen to your instructors; they have been trained and have been hang gliding longer than you. Do not try to be a daredevil; give your testosterone a rest. Getting yourself injured or killed will not impress anyone.