Often referred to simply as acro (short for acrobatic), aerobatic paragliding is more or less what it sounds like the art of pulling off amazing airborne tricks and stunts. But thats not to say that its simple or lacks depth. Theres a lot to learn about acro paragliding lets jump in together.
Is Acro Safe?
Theres no doubt that acro is more dangerous than regular paragliding. Aerobatic pilots are typically those with extensive experience and well-developed wing skills, who are seeking to push their limits. With this sort of training, the risks can diminish to a level that some pilots deem acceptable
What Kind of Tricks Are Done in Acro?
Acro is somewhat freestyle by nature, and theres no set list of allowed stunts. With a bit of creativity and an abundance of skills, pro pilots are often coming up with new maneuvers that challenge their abilities. We showcased some examples of paragliding stunts in an earlier post check it out.
How Can I Get Started?
If you understand the inherent risks with acro paragliding, and you still wish to proceed, the next step will depend on your current training. Remember that acro is generally considered an extension of regular paragliding, and is not something that should be jumped into due to a desire to impress your friends. Safety depends in large part on following a natural progression path.
With that in mind, total newbies and even those with their basic license should plan to spend months, if not years, honing their skills before considering moving up to acro. As you become comfortable in the air, you might start practicing tighter turns and reaching more precise angles of attack while out enjoying your normal flights. Regular training is essential, as is building a mentor relationship with your local pro instructor/s.img
Keep in mind that Fly Cape Town offers an Introduction to Aerobatic Maneuvers class, which is a great way to get your first taste of the sport!