Friday, 8 November 2013

Paragliding Pre-World Cup Championship 2013 at Bir Billing - Winner's

Jamie Messenger is New Champion

    Jamie Messenger of Great Britain won the Paragliding Pre-World Cup Championship 2013 that concluded at Bir Billing. A total of 107 pilots including 12 women pilots participated from India and 33 countries of the globe. On the concluding function, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh gave away prizes to the winners of the Competition. Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma, who is also the president of Bir Billing Paragliding Association, thanked Neo Sports Channel for telecasting the event world over.
   Jamie Messanger of Great Britain won the competition and was given cash prize of Rs. 2.5 lakh along with a gold medal and a trophy. 

   In women category, Klaudia Bulgakow of Poland won the first prize and was given a cash prize of Rs. 75,000 along with a trophy. 

   In the Indian category, Manali’s Ajay Kumar Sharma was adjudged the best flyer and was given cash prize of Rs. 1.10 lakh while the new talent prize was bagged by Kamal Kishore of India.

  In the Sports Class category Jim Mallinson of UK was given a cash award of Rs. 75,000 along with a trophy.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Paragliding Pre World Cup at Bir-Billing

Paragliding Pre World Cup at Bir-Billing, Himachal Pradesh, India
24th to 30th October 2013

   Pre PWC India / Indian Nationals 2013 being held at Bir/Billing In Himachal Pradesh, north India  from the 24th to the 30th of October 2013, with the first day being a practise day and a short task on the last day before the closing ceremony.  
   Billing is a fantastic site and is renowned as THE spot to fly in October and November, and also very consistent at this time of the year, with the South facing Dhauladhar range stretching for 70 km on each side, the plains in front with plenty of safe landing options, light winds and great thermals it doesn’t get much better.
   We welcome you to come and participate, and discover this beautiful corner of the world, there is no better way to fully appreciate the immense beauty of these mountains than flying amongst them with your friends.
   We are also happy to announce that we will have cash prizes for the event, first overall being over 3300 euros !!!, for the prize details check the event info page.
  • There will be a helicopter on standby during the duration of the comp.
  • Ambulances with full medical team on takeoff and landing.
  • A 25 person mountain rescue team will be on standby for the duration of the comp.
   There will be no restriction for Free flying at Bir-Billing during the period of the competition, just the usual rules that launch will be closed to the public during the takeoff window.

Pre PWC India / Indian Nationals 2013

Location: Bir-Billing, Himachal Pradesh, INDIA
Date: 24th to 30th October 2013
Discipline: Paragliding - Cross Country
Category:   Pre World Cup
Recognised by WORLD CUP
Number of participants: 90 + 10 (Wild Card Entry) Pilots (30 reserved for Indian Pilots)

Entry Requirements

  • Valid pilot license
  • Valid FAI sporting license
  • Medical insurance covering paragliding and helicopter rescue (proof will be checked at competition registration)
  • Third party liability insurance covering paragliding (proof will be checked at competition registration)
  • Unmodified certified paraglider
  • Helmet, reserve
  • Radio 2m

Entry fee

Pre PWC India / Indian Nationals 2013
Entry fee is 120 €
(free entry for  WPRS top 50 pilots)
Entry fee includes
  • Results processing
  • Transportation to take-off
  • Retrieves
  • GPS coordinates, map of the area
  • Lunch packet
  • Dinner at the Taragarh Palace
  • T-shirt
  • Big closing party and dinner
  • Free Wi-Fi at the HQ
  • 3 Dinner parties
  • Free Activated local SIM Card

Prize money

Pre PWC India / Indian Nationals 2013
1st Prize
 2nd Prize
3rd Prize
250,000 INR
200,000 INR
150,000 INR
Indian Class
110,000 INR
90,000 INR 
70,000 INR
Women Class
75,000 INR
65,000 INR
55,000 INR
Sport Class
75,000 INR
65,000 INR
55,000 INR
Best Newcomer
40,000 INR

( INR = Indian Rupee)
1 EURO = approx. 75 INR 

For More Detail Contact:- 

Suresh Kumar Thakur
Events coordinator
Mob No. - +91 9418046580  

Thursday, 16 May 2013

History of Paragliding

   In 1952 Domina Jalbert advanced governable gliding parachutes with multi-cells and controls for lateral glide.
   In 1954, Walter Neumark predicted (in an article in Flight magazine) a time when a glider pilot would be “able to launch himself by running over the edge of a cliff or down a slope... whether on a rock-climbing holiday in Skye or ski-ing in the Alps”.
   In 1961, the French engineer Pierre Lemoigne produced improved parachute designs which led to the Para-Commander. The ‘PC’, had cut-outs at the rear and sides that enabled it to be towed into the air and steered – leading to parasailing/parascending.
   Sometimes credited with the greatest development in parachutes since Leonardo da Vinci, the American Domina Jalbert invented the Parafoil which had sectioned cells in an aerofoil shape; an open leading edge and a closed trailing edge, inflated by passage through the air – the ram-air design. He filed US Patent 3131894 on January 10, 1963.
   Meanwhile, David Barish was developing the Sail Wing (single-surface wing) for recovery of NASA space capsules – “slope soaring was a way of testing out... the Sail Wing”. After tests on Hunter Mountain, New York in September 1965, he went on to promote ‘slope soaring’ as a summer activity for ski resorts (apparently without great success). NASA originated the term ‘paraglider’ in the early 1960s, and ‘paragliding’ was first used in the early 1970s to describe foot-launching of gliding parachutes.

Monday, 15 April 2013

What do you know about Paragliding?

   Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a hollow fabric wing whose shape is formed by its suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside.
   Despite not using an engine, paraglider flights can last many hours and cover many hundreds of kilometres, though flights of 1–2 hours and covering some tens of kilometres are more the norm. By skilful exploitation of sources of lift the pilot may gain height, often climbing to altitudes of a few thousand metres.
   Paragliders are unique among soaring aircraft in being easily portable. The complete equipment packs into a rucksack and can be carried easily on the pilot's back, in a car, or on public transport. In comparison with other air sports this substantially simplifies travel to a suitable takeoff spot, the selection of a landing place and return travel.

Paragliding is related to the following activities:

  • Hang gliding is a close cousin, and hang glider and paraglider launches are often found in proximity. Despite the considerable difference in equipment the two activities offer similar pleasures and some pilots are involved in both sports.
  • Powered paragliding is the flying of paragliders with a small engine attached.
  • Speed riding or speed flying is the separate sport of flying paragliders of reduced size. These wings have increased speed, though they are not normally capable of soaring flight. The sport involves taking off on skis or on foot and swooping rapidly down in close proximity to the slope, even periodically touching it if skis are used. These smaller wings are also sometimes used where wind speeds are too high for a full-sized paraglider, although this is invariably at coastal sites where the wind is laminar and not subject to as much mechanical turbulence as inland sites.
  • Paragliding can be of local importance as a commercial activity. Paid accompanied tandem flights are available in many mountainous regions, both in the winter and in the summer. In addition there are many schools offering courses, and guides who lead groups of more experienced pilots exploring an area. Finally there are the manufacturers and the associated repair and after sales services.
  • Paraglider-like wings also find other uses, for example in ship propulsion and wind energy exploitation, and are related to some forms of power kite.
  • Kite skiing uses equipment similar to paragliding sails.