Talking through my hat...
something about paragliding that surpasses every form of human flight,
it's that exuberant feeling of freedom. Never ever have we flown so free.
The birds do it, the bees do it, so why shouldn't we?
Regulation is a two edged sword. There was once a similar lot who tried to control the sport. All these unfortunate souls fell into the hole that they dug for all of us and haven't been heard of ever since. It's poetic justice. There's another lot now, so we'll have to find that hole again....
As long as there are no compelling reasons for regulation, we can expect the sport to evolve naturally. It is probably the only airsport in which we can really excel. We have everything we need - flying sites that are the envy of the paragliding community, inexpensive aircraft and training, the shortest possible induction into the world of aviation, and an environment in which we can use our brains rather than money or technology. When it comes to ideas, imagination and skills we are second to none, and paragliding is one area where we can shine.
The future of this sport lies with those who love the freedom of the skies and they will find ways to enjoy flying without encroaching on anyone elses freedom. It might be a very good idea for such enlightened spirits to meet and share their tales of flying for, in the long run, the sport is theirs. We are therefore suggesting a forum opposed to regulation, or at least to regulation by private parties, and one that encourages interaction between all those who enjoy flying.
No doubt, we can be democratic, and elect representatives who will then proceed to rob, restrict and manipulate (generally screw us) while pretending to help us all the while. That way, we would have a choice about exactly who will oppress us and curtail our freedom. But better still, we can do things Benjamin's way. Is it surprising that paragliders belong to that tiny minority of aircraft that fly without a tail?
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