Q.What is a paraglider?
A. A paraglider is similar to a parachute, but it is designed to gently lift its pilot from the ground. Paragliding is more closely related to hang-gliding, though the hang-glider is heavier and faster. Paragliding is free flight, unlike para sailing where the pilot is towed by a boat, truck or winch.
A paraglider permits the pilot to float on the air and it is not uncommon for experienced pilots to achieve flights that can last for hours.
Q.Is it very difficult and how fit do I need
A. The principles of flying a paraglider are very simple and the equipment is not complicated to use. You don't have to be super fit or muscle bound to fly one. In the early training stages the most physical it gets is walking back up the hill carrying the paraglider and they are not very heavy.
Q.Is it safe?
A. There are risks in any sport, but with paragliding, as the canopy is already inflated, it is much safer than some other extreme sports like parachuting.
Equipment checks are an essential part of pre-flight take off, easy due to open chute. Paragliders prefer light winds, so you will be flying only in very gentle weather conditions.
As with any sport, the more you learn the better you become. Paragliding safety involves knowing when and when not to fly. Getting good training, checking your equipment and weather conditions carefully and seeking the advice of experienced fliers when flying in new areas, will increase the safety level considerably. The majority of accidents are due to poor training leading in turn to pilot era.
Q.What if I can't understand much Japanese?
A.No worries! The owner of this school speaks English very well and the school has more than one bilingual instructor. Some of his instructors have flown and trained overseas and are familiar in dealing with foreign pilots. While their English might not be perfect, they are able to instruct non-Japanese pilots. I have passed my A/B licenses and I will be working towards my Novice Pilot but I'll be happy to help you with any questions related to basic training.
Q. What if the weather turns bad?
A.A paraglider takes off facing into the wind, which can create a lot of delays and problems at many schools. However, this school is very fortunate as its location offers 360 % launch areas. That means that whatever direction the wind is blowing take off is possible.
However, if wind conditions are too strong, there are strong cross winds, or it rains then training will be cancelled. But this school offers a flight guarantee program, so if the weather does not permit flying that day you can try again later, when the weather improves, at no extra charge.
Q. What will we do if flying is cancelled?
A. Nagano is a very beautiful part of Japan and that there are a lot of hot springs in the area worth visiting. Local food is not very expensive and there are some beautiful areas to hike.
Traffic and route to Sugadaira