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Notes on Paraglider Information

The paraglider information presented via the links on the Paragliders 2005 page have been compiled in a consistent way. Read this page to find out a bit more about that, plus some other relevant comments.

By the way, it's not all numbers! I've included one nice detailed picture at the top of each page for all the paragliders.

Also, some selected descriptive info from the DHV report for each paraglider is included, if available. So there should be something for everyone.



Performance Figures

You have to be a bit careful when looking at performance figures for paragliders. There are a lot of variables when it comes to measuring paraglider performance, so it doesn't pay to get hung up on the n'th decimal point of sink rate or L/D ratio for example.

So all the figures quoted have simply been rounded down to a sensible number of decimal places where necessary. That means no decimal places at all for some paraglider information!

Within each rating, for example DHV 1 gliders, there doesn't seem to be a huge amount of variation in performance figures.

But each year, the performance of paragliders as a whole seems to creep up and up as the manufacturers refine their craft.



Wing Sizes

Just a note now regarding the sizes of wings presented in Paragliders 2005. To allow easier comparison of paraglider information, only the middle of the size range is included, for any particular wing. For example if a wing design is available in S, M and L, you will find a write-up for the M version only. Or, if there is an even number of sizes, the size just below middle is used.

For example, if the WonderWing TweetyBird design is available in XS, S, M and L, the data for that wing will be for the S version. And so on. Actually, I made an exception for the Jojowing Instinct. This paraglider comes in only 2 sizes and the specs for the M seemed to be closest to the mid-sized wings of other paraglider manufacturers.



Paraglider Certification

Something else I should mention here is that for any given wing, the other sizes are not necessarily certified. Particularly the smaller sizes it seems. In those cases I'd say the manufacturers have simply submitted their most popular sizes for DHV testing first. If the M passed, it's highly unlikely a smaller size of the same design would fail the tests, when they eventually get around to doing them. Much of the manufacturing these days is driven by computer software, so you would think consistency between various sizes of the same design would be pretty good.


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