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Eagle Paragliding in the New York Times
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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.



Go On Tour With Eagle Paragliding!

Eagle Paragliding organizes paragliding tours for all pilots of all skill levels 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



Takeoff Weight

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:

Takeoff Weight(kg) =
[pilot's body weight(lbs.) + gear weight (lbs.)]
2.2



The easiest way to determine gear weight is to step on a scale with your paragliding backpack loaded with all of the gear you will fly with, and subtract your body weight. On average, a pilot's gear (including their wing) weighs around 40 to 50 pounds.

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:



PILOT'S NAKED BODY WEIGHT (lbs) ADD 40-50 LBS OF GEAR WEIGHT TOTAL TAKEOFF (Kg)
100 140-150 64-69
105 145-155 66-71
110 150-160 69-73
115 155-165 71-75
120 160-170 73-78
125 165-175 75-80
130 170-180 78-82
135 175-185 80-85
140 180-190 82-87
145 185-195 85-89
150 190-200 87-91
155 195-205 89-94
160 200-210 91-96
165 205-215 94-98
170 210-220 96-100
175 215-225 98-103
180 220-230 100-105
185 225-235 103-107
190 230-240 105-110
195 235-245 107-112
200 240-250 110-114
205 245-255 112-116
210 250-260 114-119
215 255-265 116-121
220 260-270 119-123
225 265-275 121-125
230 270-280 123-128
235 275-285 125-130
240 280-290 128-132
245 285-295 130-135
250 290-300 132-137
255 295-205 135-139
260 300-310 137-141
265 305-315 139-144
270 310-320 141-146
275 315-325 144-148
280 320-330 146-150
285 325-335 148-153
290 330-340 150-155
295 335-345 153-157
300 340-350 155-160
305 345-355 157-162
310 350-360 160-164

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