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Idaho, Horseshoe Bend Flight Park

Postby JoeF » Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:50 pm

And while the flight community’s gathering spots have shifted recently, so has the sport. Hang gliding is no longer en vogue, replaced by paragliding and speed flying. People still hang glide, Edwards said, and they’re welcome at the Horseshoe Bend park, but people mostly paraglide or speed fly now and the flight park will focus on those two disciplines.

And it’s safer than you might think. People start small and work their way up, some choosing to fly in light winds or with conservative parachute setups. Speed flying is the most radical of the two parachute sports, but as Edwards explains, both can be done conservatively.

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"two parachute sports" :: PG and speed flying, they define.
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Scott Edwards and Justin Boer

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Re: Idaho, Horseshoe Bend Flight Park

Postby wingspan33 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:47 pm

It's interesting how Edwards uses the phrase - "And it’s safer than you might think."

Hmmmm, . . . safer than I may think . . .

Well, I think it's so unsafe that those who ride under collapsible canopies, and/or do "speed flying", might hit the earth hard enough to die or become paralyzed. Is it really safer than that? :roll: :?:

Another quote from the article and Edwards -

He met his business partner, Justin Boer, four years ago while flying in Hailey. They formed a bond after Boer crashed into a
pond and Edwards was the first on the scene. “I pulled him out of the water and got him onto life flight,” Edwards said.
“But Justin kept on pursuing his dream of flying.”

Boer, originally from Bend, Ore., was partially paralyzed from the crash . . .

So It seems that riding under a collapsible canopy or speed flying is just as dangerous as I thought - just as dangerous as MANY people know.

Among the uninitiated I would expect that, upon learning the facts, they would think that collapsible canopies and speed flying are MORE dangerous than they thought - not less.
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