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What is a hang glider?


 

According to the FAI hang gliders are classed into five categories. Class 1,2, 3 4 and 5. (For some reason the South African RAASA organisation uses a slightly different classification.)

Class 1 type hang gliders are the conventional hang gliders that everybody learned to love. These are the ones that you normally see depicted in cartoons and general hang gliding drawings. Officially they are known to be of flex-wing design that is foot-launchable and landable and uses only pilot weight shift to control the glider. The hang glider is made of a dacron and mylar sail with a special grade aluminum frame.





Class 2 hang gliders are also foot-launchable and landable but they use control surfaces to control the wing. These are wings that are rigid in nature, normally made of Carbon/Kevlar composites.



Class 3 hang gliders are paragliders. These are gliders that are foot launchable and landable but with no rigid structure in the wing. They work on ram air pressure to keep the wing inflated, this gives the wing its aerofoil shape. They are most popular because of convenience but do not resemble bird-like flight as traditional hang gliders do.