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Instructor of the year honor
Eagle Paragliding's chief Instructor Rob Sporrer received USHPA's Instructor of the Year Award in 2002. Every year USHPA issues the award to the person making the biggest contributions to our sport in the United States.
Our Clinics go beyond the Novice Training Syllabus. The Clinics include:
Go On Tour With Eagle Paragliding!
Be sure to check our Paragliding Events Calendar to reserve space on one of our unprecedented tours. We bring pilots of all skill levels to flying destinations which span the globe. Our large staff of the nations top pilots and instructors provide unmatched service. Find out more about our Paragliding Tours
Paraglider wings come in different sizes. The size of wing you fly will depend on what your "Takeoff Weight" is. Your Takeoff Weight is the weight of everything that you will have with you fly. This includes your clothes, harness, wing, flight instruments, helmet, reserve parachute, and anything else you might be carrying in your harness when you fly. Your Takeoff Weight is something that you should always know, like your birthday. Another important point is that you should know your takeoff weight in kilograms (kgs), because that is how all paragliding manufacturers disclose the Takeoff Weight range of their gliders. Use the following formula to calculate your Takeoff Weight:
Once you have determined your takeoff weight in kilograms, you will need to refer to a wing's takeoff weight range to determine what wing size is best for you. It is optimal to select a wing in which your weight will be in the top half of the weight range. So, if a wing's takeoff weight range is 90kg to 110kg, the ideal pilot's takeoff weight for that wing is between 100kg and 110kg. A pilot's takeoff weight under 100kg will want to go with a wing with lower weight range. For this reason, we list the "middle of the weight range" and the "maximum pilot weight" in our paraglider tables.
Fortunately for our students and customers, Eagle Paragliding imports four (4) premium paragliding brands; Airdesign, UP, Niviuk, and Woody Valley. The takeoff weight ranges of these brands are staggered, so we can offer a wider variety of weight considerations. To see a list of the wings that are offered by Eagle Paragliding, visit our Eagle Paragliding Wings/Gliders page.
Below is a table to assist you in determining your takeoff weight: