The concept has evolved from speedriding, the fast mountain descent under a speedglider launched on skis. There are different styles and models of speedgliding wing, all with their own quirks. Some are simply rapid decent gliders which will get your from the top of your chosen launch to the bottom… rapid! Speedgliders are adapted to fly with a low glide ratio, stability and speed.
Speedgliders are not scaled-down, mini-paragliders. They have pitch stability, angle of attack control, variable glide ratio, wide speed range control and compact shape
These 5 elements enable the adaption of speedgliders to their specific uses, and the safe practice of speedriding and speedflying.
Where a paraglider allows the pilot to soar to vast heights in moderate winds and the speedglider allows the pilot to scoot rapidly downhill, mini-paragliders (mini wings), as the name suggests, are scaled down versions of paragliders. They can be soared as a paraglider in higher winds, but also have a more rapid descent rate so can allow the pilot to also descend downhill but will act more as a paraglider when handling, landing and taking off than a speedwing.
Speedflying - "flying fast downhill" - opening new horizons of piloting for expert and careful pilots with a lot of flying experience.
The air, the speed and the fun are joined for a new dimension of flight… the possibilities are growing!
The play of trajectories and speed against the relief opens new piloting potential, as yet unexplored using soft canopies.
Speedgliders - launched on foot - designed for highly experienced and responsible pilots that have enough knowledge to adapt to the speedglider´s dynamic handling. The higher wing loading increases the speed and the responsiveness of the handling. The glide angles are much lower than with modern paragliders. The landing approach and landing itself are considerably different.
Speedgliders are not recommended for busy flying sites and training in a professional paragliding school is strongly recommended. Regular practice on the ground is very useful. If your skills get better on the ground, you will inevitably be more proficient in the air!
Take special care when deciding when and where to fly, and respect other flyers and flying machines.