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March 8, 2010

Powered paragliding launched in Hyderabad

     Hyderabad: In a maiden attempt in India, enthusiasts took to the skies of Hyderabad in a powered paraglider, launched for the first time in the country. Dean Eldridge, Senior Pilot of Thrust Aviation, a UK based parajet company, is promoting paragliding in India, by giving training to the young people in India. "It is being used in India at the moment and I am helping for the promotion with the Thrust Aviation. They are responsible for certifying the use of aircraft in India and so I am helping them here conduct a training course in India with a syllabus adopted from a British syllabus we have for paragliders," said Eldridge. Powered paragliding also known as paramotoring is a form of ultra-light aviation where the pilot wears a motor on their back. It provides enough thrust to take off using a parachute style paraglide wing. It can be launched in still air, and on level ground, by the pilot alone, without any assistance. Powered paragliders usually fly between 15-45mph at altitudes of up to 18,000ft, although most flying is done under 500ft.
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