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I Wanna be a Birdy

Thorondor

Active member
#1
It's awesome to fly models and stuff, and I don't ever intend on quitting on this hobby, but I wanna fly. Me. In the air. Without FPV goggles. I need to find a way to do it cheaply too, I also have to maintain all my other hobbies. I'm torn between paramotoring and paragliding. I like paramotoring because I could do it almost anywhere and it's relaxing, but it also means another engine to buy and maintain. Paragliding sounds equally fun, as well as a little cheaper, and there is a paragliding tow center an hour from my home and I love traveling out west where a lot of flying areas are, but it also sounds like an extreme sport with broken bones and concussions. Any thoughts/recommendations?
 

PsyBorg

Wake up! Time to fly!
#2
Dont lead with yer face? heheh.. Remember Icarus and wanting that freedom.

Seriously though if you can afford and want to do something rock on. Dont pass up a chance to expand your knowledge, skills, or life experiences. You never know when they can or will be taken away.
 

Thorondor

Active member
#3
Dont lead with yer face? heheh.. Remember Icarus and wanting that freedom.

Seriously though if you can afford and want to do something rock on. Dont pass up a chance to expand your knowledge, skills, or life experiences. You never know when they can or will be taken away.
It'll have to come a little bit later, though. I'm gonna get through undergrad school, thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, do grad school, and then I can worry about buying a $4,000 upsidedown hammock.
 

Fluburtur

Cardboard Boy
#4
Paragliding is very fun, sure it is a bit dangerous but what isnt.
Having from strings under a big piece of nylon fabric is quite pleasant, especially if you can find some good lift and enjoy your seat in the sky for a while.
I need to get my license and stuff too, damn you dad for showing me this stuff!
 

mrjdstewart

Well-known member
#6
The best part of RC planes, I know that no-matter what happens, I'll always be able to walk up to it and say, "Oh my, what a mess".
as a former dirt bike racer/rider who has broken too many bones, i TOTALY agree with this.

after my last "accident" and a broken neck (don't even get me started about this BS), i decided i needed to step away and find something else to do with my time. without racing i knew i still needed something that was mechanical, that i had total control over, i could do crazy stuff with, and fill that competitive void, RC airplanes just fit the bill.

and.... i always know no matter how bad the crash, i'm gonna walk away just fine. :ROFLMAO:

laters,

me :cool:
 

Thorondor

Active member
#7
I've been contemplating, and I think it would be worth it to spend a little extra on a simple engine rather than almost assuredly paying hospital bills. The only way I can see myself paragliding is at really low-risk areas like windy beaches and sand dunes.
 

mrjdstewart

Well-known member
#8
...is at really low-risk areas like windy beaches and sand dunes.
sand moves but sand doesn't compress, trust me on this one. :sneaky:

go do what makes you happy, have fun, be safe, and accept the risk. that is life in a nut shell. some people never get to experience things due to fear. i certainly don't regret what i have done or what it has led me to. i've had fun!

laters,

me :cool:
 

Thorondor

Active member
#11
sand moves but sand doesn't compress, trust me on this one. :sneaky:

go do what makes you happy, have fun, be safe, and accept the risk.

laters,

me :cool:
RC: little to no risk, only money
Scuba: very little risk, actually statistically safer than landscaping work
Camping: small risk of injury, but only if you're stupid
College: probably sucking years from my life but whatever

Paragliding: decent risk of unexpected impact with various things
Paramotoring: still a good risk, but not nearly as much as paragliding
Skydiving: very safe if you go to a reputable venue

Conclusion: One can have fun while not risking your life savings on one's femur surgery
 

BS projects inc.

Well-known member
#12
Sailplane are a pretty inexpensive way to fly, if you can find a club in your area you can fly club planes at a reasonable price. most clubs average around $75 to $100 for an hour long flight with an instructor which is significantly cheaper than a powered plane.
 

Thorondor

Active member
#13
Sailplane are a pretty inexpensive way to fly, if you can find a club in your area you can fly club planes at a reasonable price. most clubs average around $75 to $100 for an hour long flight with an instructor which is significantly cheaper than a powered plane.
Or I could make the one-time purchase of a chute and a power unit for about $5k and fly all I want.