Hanging gliders

Hang gliders, or hang gliders, are unpowered, self-propelled wingless gliders that can be flown freely downhill or use thermal updrafts and downslope flow.

On the basic structure made of duralumin tubes (lately also with strength elements made of carbon fibre) a sail is strung, which forms the shape of the wing. The rogallo has a pliable shape of the load-bearing surface. The pilot is suspended in the centre of gravity and controls the glider by changing the position of the centre of gravity by changing the position of his body relative to the glider structure - by pulling the trapeze he accelerates, by pushing it away he decelerates and by moving the trapeze sideways he turns the glider. The pilot can take off by starting from a hill, using a winch or aerotow behind a powered UL aircraft. Flying a hang glider brings the greatest sense of independence and freedom of all the ways people detach themselves from mother earth.

Rogalo is the most affordable device to get into the air after a paraglider. The purchase cost is in the order of tens of thousands of CZK.
Operating costs depend on the distance you have to cover to visit suitable terrain.
Training is carried out by instructors at pilot training centres, mostly on an individual basis at present.

Modern hang gliders have astonishing performance and allow incredibly long flights. Another significant advantage is their low storage space requirements and their transportability on the roof of a car.

Rogalo, on the other hand, is the most physically demanding of all SFD , especially during transportation to the starting point, which is usually not accessible by car. Its size means that it has to be disassembled after practically every flight and reassembled before the next flight. Flying is naturally only possible in favourable weather conditions.