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The Evolution of Hang Gliding From The 70s To Today Hang gliding has changed significantly over the years That was once considered a dangerous activity for thrill seekers is now considered a legitimate sport Hang gliding has gained more cultural acceptance and the sport has grown steadily in popularity since the 70s New technology has made gliders safer and easier to use Many improvements have been made in hang gliding equipment training programs and safety procedures Hang gliding associations and schools make it easy to learn how to hang glide With classes ranging from beginner to advanced anyone can find training at their level Many exciting advances have been made in the world of non-motorized flight Materials And Equipment The modern hang glider has made several improvements over its 1970s counterpart The hang glider of the 1970s was constructed of an aluminum tubing frame with either Nylon Mylar or Dacron as the sailcloth In the mid 1970s hang glider manufacturers developed curved leading edges to reduce wing-twist It has also become common to see the prone lying down as the flying position for the pilot as opposed to upright harnesses of earlier gliders This is possible by the use of an A-frame from which the pilot could control the glider Today hang gliders come in many different varieties There are para-gliders which can fit in a backpack sports class gliders which are easy to rig and control and performance hang gliders which are difficult to rig but have precise control Some of the hang gliders also feature carbon fiber cross-tubes making them very strong yet light in weight Most hang gliders are still controlled with an A-frame control bar Recently performance hang gliders have stopped using the king post and top rigging Some modern hang gliders are using struts instead of cables for bottom rigging Safety Equipment isnt the only thing that has kept pace with
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