Flying in Tandem. Preparing for the Ultimate Experience.

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Our core services are Tandem Paragliding Flights from Signal hill and Lions head....Probably the most exhilarating adventure sport in Cape Town. You require no previous knowledge of the sport at all. We are disabled, gay, and pet-friendly; having taken wheelchair-bound paraplegics, blind and deaf folks, ages 3 to 95 years old (Stef's oldest pax was nearly 93!) up.  We fly students 15kg to 135kg in weight, so literally, almost anybody can fly with us! You simply need a good state of health – Good walking shoes and 30 mins to 2 hours.

WHAT TO EXPECT?



No matter how nervous you might feel before takeoff (or for some, even the very thought of paragliding), our team will put you at ease.  You will welcomed, signed up, briefed on the launch, securely clipped in and it's generally a few light steps and we are flying! We even have strong men to assist with the launch. With a very experienced pilot behind you, you will feel just great! Paragliding is the most amazing feeling. Once in the air, most people are surprised that they feel so relaxed. You sit comfortably upright (like in your sofa at home). There is no feeling of sinking or falling at all, since we glide, nearly horizontally, through the air at around 40 km/hr. Conditions allowing, we offer you the chance to fly the paraglider yourself once we are in the air. We place our hands above yours to show you how. It really is quite simple and really, really enjoyable! This, like the aerobatics before landing, are completely optional of course!  The reason for our popularity is the fact that every flight is different and we tailor-make the flight relative to your wishes. Some of you may be nervous, while others are confident. 



Our flight planning is 100% weather dependant and we have become experts at judging weather. Our pilots study 6 – 12 different wind and weather websites every morning, for a full accurate weather assessment. This means there is no time wasting or unnecessary delays. Trust us and we will give you a safe experience to remember forever! If we reschedule or ask you to come a little later, it’s for a good reason.

PLAN YOUR TRIP

It’s essential to allow some leeway when booking your flight. Make sure you book right at the beginning of your stay. The Cape often has ‘tricky’ weather and folks always regret it when they call on the last day of their visit and there happens to be a strong SE wind blowing. Our best advice is to make your tandem paragliding flight on your first day in Cape Town and be flexible with your time. Our whole experience can take as little as 1 hour (and we can be in the air for 30 mins of that!). Visiting the Waterfront, Table mountain and museums, Cape Point and wine tasting are all not nearly as weather dependent as paragliding. Although we fly 365 days a year, from sunrise to sunset it’s always weather dependent and we always only fly when it’s safe. Sunset tandem flights are our specialty, but optimal flying is generally between 9am and 2pm. Sunset flights are scheduled from 5pm to 7pm in both summer and winter.  Call for details. 



BE PREPARED

Please bring sensible, good, closed shoes (running shoes/trainers/sneakers/takkies – whatever you like to call them). Mountain and hiking boots are even better. Any kind of sandal, Croc, flip-flop, flop-flip, or anything that flips or flops is NOT good. If you don’t have closed shoes, just tell us and we have every sized shoe with us (from little feet to BIGFOOT!). Clothing-wise, wear shorts if its hot, but generally Jeans and a T-shirt with a windbreaker is the best bet. We include everything needed for the flight (helmets and all flying equipment) as well as water, suntan lotion, snacks, and refreshments. Naturally, it’s best is to drink lots of water and use that suntan lotion before arriving.   



WHAT IS PARAGLIDING?



In theory, paragliding is similar to hang gliding. But there are several important differences. Hang gliders typically have an aluminium frame with a V-shaped wing. Paragliders have no frame, and the wing is an elliptical-shaped parachute that folds up to the size of a backpack when it’s not being used. These features make a paraglider considerably lighter and more convenient to transport than hang gliders. Paragliders also soar a bit more slowly than hang gliders, which make it easier for people to learn to fly them. You might think paragliding is like parachuting but there’s one main difference. Paragliding pilots start on the ground with their parachutes already deployed, and the wind takes them up into the sky.  A Parachuter falls from the sky and deploys the parachute as they get closer to the ground. What else makes paragliding stand apart?
 In aeronautical engineering, the paraglider wing or canopy is usually known as a ‘ram-air airfoil’. These ‘wings’ consist of two layers of fabric connected to internal supporting material that forms a row of cells. By leaving most of the cells open at the leading edge, incoming air keeps the wing inflated, maintaining its shape. When inflated, the wing’s cross-section has the typical teardrop aerofoil shape. Modern paraglider wings are made of high-performance non-porous materials like ripstop polyester or nylon fabric. Since the late eighties, paragliding worldwide and especially in South Africa, has witnessed tremendous growth. Currently, there are 500 000 paraglider pilots in the world. In South Africa, we have a relatively small community at around 800 registered pilots, but a staggering 1200 flying sites around our brilliant country. Our skies are uncrowded (unlike in Japan where around 30 000 pilots compete for takeoff sites). For many years, earthbound humans have looked up at us ‘wannabe’ birds soaring high above the earth on our paragliders and wondered if they could fly. In the past lengthy paragliding, training courses were required before getting your feet properly off the ground. Tandem Paragliding has changed all that. With an oversized specially designed tandem glider and two harnesses (approximately 40 – 42 square meters and 40% larger than a solo glider), the sport is now accessible to anyone wanting to explore the skies and soar the mountain tops. With only a few minutes to prepare and pack up, paragliding is extremely easy and fairly weather tolerant as a sport. After taking literally 3 minutes to lay out the glider and check the lines, a pull-up (launch) is simple and straightforward. A few light steps and the glider flies. Advances in technology have made these canopies extremely efficient and wonderfully secure. In the tandem position, the candidate student in the front is in a relaxed, seated position with an unobstructed view of the spectacular scenery of the ‘Cape of Good Hope, Cap de Bonne Esperance, or Kap de Gutte Hoffnung’ (depending on your origins!).
During these instructional paragliding tandem flights, we let candidate students fly themselves by first demonstrating how simply the steering works and then letting you have a go alone.  Aerobatics are great for fuelling adrenaline – but of course they’re optional and the pilot will ask the candidate student first.  Or if you are really keen, just ask to up the ante.



SOLO TRAINING



A Solo training course includes a 1 or 2 day training introductory session (R950 - R2000) or a 10-14 day full time course. The latter gives you a solo licence (R12500). In this course, we supply all the equipment you need to achieve the 40 high flights you need (each over 1 min). Many students experience a flight of 1 hour or more within their first 10 flights. Our internationally qualified instructors can start courses every few days. After the basic licence you get to decide if you want to continue with paragliding (most do of course) and you are then expected to buy your own new or second hand equipment. This calculates to a layout of R12 000 – R50 000 (depending on the bargain you get on a basic second hand rig or how fancy and new with all the bells and whistles you decide to go). We will help you all the way! Once you are qualified, you can come flying with us at no-charge. Paragliding has many disciplines from acrobatic flying to simple coastal soaring, to longer, thermic cross country flights. Owning a glider and belonging to a club means you have the help and support of many other like-minded and friendly, helpful people that are happy to assist you. To paraglide is to enjoy the mountains, the outdoors and to be part of a great vibe.



TAKING FLIGHT



There are 3 ways of getting airborne – from a hill or mountain, or from a winch and the paramotor. Winching means being attached behind a vehicle. The winch is fitted on a 1km drum of strong line that ‘pays out’ via a tensiometer. This is done on airfields and we are literally towed up effortlessly into the air, up to 700m, before we release and ‘fly away’. This is generally how records are set and is an excellent way to fly in flat areas.



BREAKING RECORDS



The world record on a paraglider has been broken at 503km in a straight line! Neville Hullet, a friend of Stef’s and a South African of course was winched from Prieska in the interior of South Africa into Lesotho. He broke the record in an incredibly fast time coming in at 7 ½ hrs. For further record flights see http://records.fai.org/data?v1=81&v2=1. If this sounds like something you want to try you can contact us straight away.   Don’t delay contact Parapax TODAY


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Parapax
Signal Hill Rd, Signal Hill,
Cape Town, 7700

Pricing

ParaglidingTandem Flight:   R1200pp
Paragliding Tandem Flight with Pictures & Videos:  R1500

Paragliding Tandem Flight with  Videos & 360 Degree Virtual reality (VR) Camera footage uploaded unedited + Free Clothing Gift-   R1800 per person

Return  Shuttle - R200 for the first person, R100 pp thereafter



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Signal Hill Rd, Signal Hill 7700 Cape Town,
Phone: 27(0)828814724