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Location: Billing, 14-km From Bir, Himachal Pradesh

Hang-Gliding is a new sport practised at Billing, 14-km from Bir and is said to be among the finest sites for hang-gliding in the world. An annual hang-gliding tournament is also held over here.

About Hang-Gliding
Hang Gliding., Himachal Pradesh Hang-glider is an aircraft to which undercarriage and take off power is provided solely by the pilot's legs. It consists of 3 aluminium tubes pivoted at the nose, a trapeze or cross bar for control and a decorn tail. They are of various sizes and weights ranging from 7 to 25 kg. The safety of the pilot is assured by a parachute. They are made of high quality material to withstand different heights, wind force and gravity to which they are exposed. The alti-meter, vario-meter and wind-speed meters, and indicators are used for right movements and safe landing.

To make further improvement, a small engine and wheel with extra seat have now been added for comfortable flying. Hang gliders are portable and can be carried on back or in a jeep to the starting point. These can be made ready quickly.

Hand-gliding is usually performed by using air current without an engine power. The pilot is suspended in a swing harness from the centre of the keel and maintains control wholly by weight shift arrangement with the help of airframe. To take off, the pilot runs on a down hill approximately 40-degree slope and is airborne the moment he crosses the gliders stalling speed, which vary from 15-km to 30-km per hour.

Soaring can be done by using ridge lifts created by wind striking the hill face or by hot air columns known as "thermals" that keep rising upward from the sun heated surface. One can fly as long as one wishes once he has acquired good experience.

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