Who Is Paragliding Philippines

Principle

Paragliding Philippines Inc is a non-profit and non-stock organization created and founded by pilots, for the pilot’s preservation of interest in air sports adventure.

It functions as the umbrella organization of paragliding air sports activities nationwide. The organization provides regional representations of all paragliding groups to propagate and support unilateral air sports development.

As the air sports activity progresses in different discipline along with site owners and local government interactions, there is the need to organize, mediate, and monitor activities to steward action of member pilots and group association for responsible administration of paragliding interest. The decision and the prerogative to create activities, relationship management and revenue generating events shall be facilitated and supported by this umbrella organization along with technical partners and consultants.

Vision Statement

Is the recognition and definition of Philippine Paragliding Creed as air sports umbrella organization to collectively unite, administer, encourage interactions, and event management with member pilots and associations globally to bring about solidarity, competitiveness and improvement on the paragliding air sports activities in domestic and foreign arena.

Mission Statement

Is the implementing organization that will promote global competitive sportsmanship of member pilots and network associates to facilitate site development, process standardization and logistic support of paragliding air sports communities to have complementing and/or unilateral representation to promote, protect and advance general paragliding recreational and sports interest according to global expectations.

Objectives

The purpose of the creation of the organization is as follows:

  1. To create self-sustaining and self-reliant umbrella organization that will represent the different paragliding groups according to location, region, area, clubs in the Philippines.
  2. To promote air sports tourism, responsible trade and commerce beneficial to the members of the organization and to contribute social and civic activities promoting responsible propagation of the paragliding group interest.
  3. To represent the general sentiments, opinion and decision on discussions requiring collective disposition of issues detrimental to the interest and welfare of the paragliding group.
  4. To promote activities, fun-fare and event management to properly represent, execute and administer safe Paragliding Interest and events on domestic and International campaign.
  5. To encourage and participate members in domestic and foreign competitions to exhibit sportsmanship, self-confidence and competitiveness among the members and other participants.
  6. To build, create and expand network of associates to sponsor mutual and complementing- interest and build progressive partners to support the umbrella organization in its endeavor to grow the population of sports recreational activities and adventure.

The Organization

The organization is based on the theoretical framework created to serve as the guiding principle towards the achievement of objectives and action plans.

  1. The organization shall be composed of the traditional board of trustees and officers.
  2. New officers and board members shall have 2-year tenure to preserve and sustain developmental plans for the organization covering nationwide development campaigns.
  3. The organization shall create sub-committee such as follows:
    1. COMPLIANCE / SECRETARIAT - Secretary
      Shall dispense the following major functions:
      1. Documentations requirements of memberships (Manuals, Logs, etc)
      2. Processing of requirements for general compliance
      3. Licensing and certification requirements (domestic and foreign)
      4. Membership regulations and legislation
      5. Association accreditation and standardization (domestic and foreign)
    2. OPERATIONS – Vice Presidents ( Internal and External Affairs)
      Shall dispense the following major functions:
      1. Coordination of Event Management Projects
      2. Site Development and Event Management
      3. Air sports development and training
      4. Network partnership
      5. Flight safety administration to cover Ground and Pre-Flight Operations
      6. Membership
    3. FUND MANAGEMENT - Treasurer
      Shall dispense the following major functions:
      1. Collect membership fees
      2. Budget over-all planning
      3. Budget allocation per site management
      4. Fund utilization
      5. Revenue generation
  4. The organization shall be in partnership with AIR SPORTS ADVENTURE PHILIPPINES to provide technical support such as the following functions defined:
    1. Development and creation of AIR SPORTS Events (Foreign and local event)
    2. Development and creation of Inter-club competition
    3. Site development and management
    4. Air Sports Development and Training for members
    5. Equipment sale and marketing
    6. Certifications and license
  5. The partnership is open with other member base affiliations to propagate the recreational sport nationwide.

Paragliding as recreational sports became pronounced early 2008 in the country with prominent personality of Mr. Randell Raymundo doing the activities in Metro Manila. In the years to come, the interest grew and pilots developed their skills via international trainings establishing network of interest in the Asia Pacific Region.

September 2014 marked the first International event participated by South East Asian and European countries with estimated pilot participants of 50 thereby paving the way for the first local government unit of Sarangani General Santos to see the tourism potential of the event.

Currently, another World Cup Event is in the making at Sarangani General Santos Philippines and the local growth of the paragliding community in Sarangani is developing specially the tourist attraction of the tandem flights.

In Manila, the same consciousness is evolving with the continued growth of students and pilots for the paragliding sports activities.

Paragliding

Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying. Paragliders are lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing comprising a large number of interconnected baffled cells. Wing shape is maintained by the suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing, and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside.

The Wing

The wing itself is constructed of rip-stop nylon from which the pilot is suspended by strong Kevlar lines. These high-performance fabrics coupled with a growing comprehension of our micro-meteorology have permitted the development of our incredible sport. The pilot is buckled into a harness and finds the sitting position which provides the most comfort.

Paragliders operate in unprecedented harmony with the natural elements. Slow flying speeds (about 15 to 25 mph) enable the paraglider to climb in small thermals. Paraglider flights can last many hours and cover many hundreds of kilometers, though flights of one to two hours and covering some tens of kilometers are more the norm. By skilful exploitation of sources of lift, the pilot may gain height, often climbing to altitudes of a few thousand meters.

The Harness

The pilot is loosely and comfortably buckled into a harness, which offers support in both the standing and sitting positions. Most harnesses have foam or airbag protectors underneath the seat and behind the back to reduce the impact on failed launches or landings. Modern harnesses are designed to be as comfortable as a lounge chair in the sitting position. Many harnesses even have an adjustable "lumbar support". A reserve parachute is also typically connected to a paragliding harness.