One of the most fantastic attractions of paragliding is the elegant simplicity of the sport, from the equipment needed to the techniques.
The canopy is made of nylon fabric, sewn with a series of fine lines connected to the rider's harness. The harness comprises webbing and material, with unique buckles and clips to secure the pilot in the harness and attach the harness to the canopy.
The pilot is ready to fly with a lightweight helmet and other simple protective gear. The whole system fits in the corner of the trunk of your car or in a backpack you can take on a day trip. Of course, few things are as simple as they appear at first glance, and a paraglider's design and construction are very subtle and complex.
The airworthiness of a paraglider, and therefore the pilot's safety, depends on the accuracy of every aspect of the paraglider's design, construction, and maintenance. A small error in design or construction, or a poorly executed repair, can easily cause a paraglider to become extremely dangerous. Therefore, the pilot must always keep in mind the complex design of the paraglider and the crucial importance of correct maintenance.
Although the first skills of paragliding are easy to learn and practice under the guidance of an instructor, flying safely on your own requires a wide range of advanced skills and a thorough knowledge of flying techniques and meteorology, as well as a clear understanding of the unique operational limitations of a paraglider as a glider.
But all things considered, paragliding as an end-user product is a wonderfully simple and elegant device for achieving such an ambitious goal as a personal flight. Paragliding remains the most accessible form of private flight developed to date.