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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 35 to 45 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; BGD, 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 35-45 LBS OF GEAR WEIGHT TOTAL TAKEOFF (Kg)
100 135-145 61-66
105 140-150 64-68
110 145-155 66-70
115 150-160 68-73
120 155-165 70-75
125 160-170 73-77
130 165-175 75-80
135 170-180 77-82
140 175-185 80-84
145 180-190 82-86
150 185-195 84-89
155 190-200 86-91
160 195-205 89-93
165 200-210 91-95
170 205-215 89-98
175 210-220 95-100
180 215-225 98-102
185 220-230 100-105
190 225-235 102-107
195 230-240 105-109
200 235-245 107-111
205 240-250 109-114
210 245-255 111-116
215 250-260 114-118
220 255-265 116-120
225 260-270 118-123
230 265-275 120-125
235 270-280 123-127
240 275-285 125-130
245 280-290 127-132
250 285-295 130-134
255 290-300 132-136
260 295-305 134-139
265 300-310 136-141
270 305-315 139-143
275 310-320 141-145
280 315-325 143-148
285 320-330 145-150
290 325-335 148-152
295 330-340 150-155
300 335-345 152-157
305 340-350 155-159
310 345-355 157-161

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