Flying tandem is a great introduction to the sport of paragliding. It's the fastest way to experience first-hand what this "aircraft in a backpack" is capable of. Whether you're taking the first step in pursuit of a new hobby or just looking to spice up an afternoon, it's hard to beat a tandem flight.
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Read an article from the Medford Mail Tribune about a local reporter's experience with paragliding.
Also, this story from the 2014 edition of Outdoors In Our Valley.
Tandem Paragliding from Woodrat Flying Site - Jacksonville, Oregon
First, some information about the equipment
My tandem paraglider is designed to support up to 450 lbs. Passenger and pilot are attached securely together, both within their own harness. The harness looks a bit like a backpack when worn on the ground but converts to a comfortable seat while flying. Helmets and a reserve parachute (which is attached to both the pilot and passenger) are required safety precautions. All parts of the glider, harnesses, and attaching hardware have been tested to withstand stresses many times greater than those experienced under normal conditions. Paraglider pilots may be tempted to "get one more season" out of an old pair of boots or gloves, but when it comes to the equipment our lives depend on, and more importantly our passenger's, there's no skimping. Log books are kept to track air-hours and gliders are retired when they reach an age recommended by the manufacturer.
Directions to the launches, landing zones, parking area and more can be found on this Google Map. To get the most out of the map, zoom in close and click the tab labeled "Satellite" in the upper right of the map pane. The placemarkers are all clickable, and the map can be moved around by clicking anywhere and dragging.
Frequently asked questions:
How much experience do you have flying tandems?
How long does a flight last?
Can I bring my camera?
How do you steer a paraglider?
What kind of people fly paragliders?
Is this dangerous?
|A paraglider can go up?!
A paraglider descends at approximately 220 feet per minute in still air. If the pilot is able to locate an area of air rising faster than this, they will float up with it. Heights of 3,000 feet above launch are not uncommon for this site.
Why are you called a "Tandem Instructor"?
Can you teach me to fly a paraglider and get my certification?
So what can I expect with my first paragliding experience?
First we'll decide what kind of flight you're looking for. Morning flights are generally the smoothest but that also means there may not be any lift. For potentially longer, higher flights (but bumpier) mid-day is what you want. Oftentimes evenings offer the best of both worlds when long, smooth flights are possible.
This sounds great! How do I sign up?
Simply call or email and we will get you on the calendar. The futher in advance you book the more likely your date will be open. We have however accommodated clients with less than 15 minutes notice so it never hurts to ask!
from my Inbox:
Hi Christian --
I know that Damon just sent you an e-mail thanking you for his wonderful flight on his birthday. I want to add my appreciation for the excellent way that you introduced Damon to paragliding. I felt very confident in your experience and safety considerations. It was a wonderful birthday present for him -- I couldn't have found anything better!
Thank you again for the wonderful flight today. We are already talking about a "next time." I so appreciate your kindness and for making it an awesome experience. I can't wait to see the video when you send the link! I will definitely be talking you up to my friends!