Welcome to Expert Village. My name is Hugh
Murphy with Surf the Sky Paragliding. In this clip, we’ll talk a bit about speed and altitude.
I like to use the term altitude maintenance because if the winds give us lift while we’re
flying, and the winds can be a bit different, you want to choose your favorite altitude.
And, it seems every para motor pilot has the altitude they prefer. Whether it’s skimming
along the beach at three feet or climbing thousands of feet up. The difference with
para motoring as opposed to paragliding without the motor is that we have an excellent way
to control our altitude. As you’re smoothly flying along, simply giving more throttle
will bring your altitude up because your speed is relatively constant because of the shape
of your paraglider, approximately fourteen miles per hour. So, if I give more throttle,
I don’t necessarily go any faster, but I swing forward under the trust and simply start climbing.
And then, conversely, if I want to lower my altitude, just soften up all the way down
to even an idle and let the para motor glide down to another altitude that I would like
to check out.