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Everybody dreams of being able to fly at some point in life Eric Fisher Jersey , running across a grassy field and soaring over houses, streets and countryside. The wind in your face, cruising like a bird leaving all your worries and stress on the ground. It is no longer just a dream but a reality with the aid of a paraglider and paramotor.

Things have come a long way since the triangular Hang-gliders of the 1970s, the development of the Paraglider has made foot launched free flight an extremely popular sport today. The paraglider was first conceived in the late 1970s by parachutists foot launching Ram Air Chutes from the Alps in France, over the years these chutes have been modified and improved into a very Efficient wing giving the pilots performance more like a fixed wing glider.

Flights of over 200km are common just using thermals and the pilots skill to find lift and stay aloft for hours on end. Training in most countries will see you airborne Allen Bailey Jersey , solo within a few days and it is possible to have a basic licence within a few weeks. The equipment is relatively cheap, a new glider, harness, reserve parachute, Boots Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Jersey , helmet and variometer will see you safely in the air for less than 4000USD! With many second-hand equipment available, less than 2000USD for an aircraft is not impossible!!

During the late 1980s motorised backpacks started to arrive on the paragliding scene and the name ?Paramotor? was soon adopted. These units gave paraglider pilots the opportunity to get in the air from a flat field rather than have to find a hill or mountain to start their flights. The also
gave these flyers the opportunity to stay airborne When all the thermals of the day had finished or even before they had started.

These units are very popular in Thailand, they development of paramotoring over the last 20 years has seen the Units get lighter, more powerful and less expensive each year. The training times are similar to paragliding and there Is a huge choice of new and used paramotors available. They can be easily dismantled, will fit in the boot (trunk) of a car and only require a small soccer field as a take off area. Prices range from 10 Dee Ford Jersey ,000USD for a full tandem outfit including Wing, reserve parachute, two seater trike and instruments to 1000USD for a used solo unit.

There are dangers involved in these sports, they are classed as extreme sports but with a sensible attitude Many pilots have enjoyed decades of safe flying up to 12,000 feet over some of the most beautifull countryside In the world. There are saftey courses available to deal with collapses from flying in turbulance and all pilots carry A reserve parachute. It is easy to enjoy this sport at your own pace Mitchell Schwartz Jersey , evening and early morning flights in smooth Air watching the sun rise (or fall) are a popular with some, whilst others enjoy the strong lift from midday thermals.

If you are interested in either of these sports why not nip down to any Sport flying club you can see paragliders and paramotors in abundance, chat to some experts and if you can even have a taster flight on a tandem paramotor.

A few other facts: If the motor fails you are still on a glider, no problem! A reserve parachute deployment is extremely rare World record distance on a Paraglider (No Paramotor) is 349Km

BEIJING, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- China's statistics authority on Monday lowered the country's growth rate for 2014 to 7.3 percent based on its preliminary verification.

The revised gross domestic product (GDP) for 2014 came in at 63.61 trillion yuan (10 trillion U.S. dollars) Demetrius Harris Jersey , down 32.4 billion yuan from the preliminary calculation figure that put the annual rate at 7.4 percent, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said in a statement.

Primary industries accounted for 9.2 percent of the GDP structure, unchanged from the preliminary calculation. The secondary sector accounted for 42.7 percent of GDP, up 0.1 percentage points from the preliminary calculation, while the tertiary sector accounted for 48.1 percent Rakeem Nunez-Roches Jersey , down 0.1 percentage point from the earlier statistics.

NBS calculates each year's GDP three times -- the preliminary calculation, followed by the preliminary verification and then the final verification, which is released several months later.

Last year marked the weakest annual expansion for China in 24 years due to a housing slowdown, softening domestic demand and unsteady exports, and growth further slowed to 7 percent in the first half of 2015 as the country braces for a "new normal" period of slower growth but higher quality.

In an assuring message to the market Bryan Witzmann Jersey , China's top economic planner on Monday said the world's second largest economy is stabilizing and turning for the better, citing stabilizing rail freight and a warming property market as proof for the improvement.

Since August, economic indicators such as power use, rail freight, home prices and transactions have all taken a favorable turn Harrison Butker Jersey , showing economic operations stabilizing amid fluctuations, according to a statement on the website of the National Development and Reform Commission.

A recent report by Fitch Ratings' on China's new normal said that "pessimism over China's short-term outlook is overdone and a growth pick-up in the second half is already in the pipeline."

Fitch, however, also expects more volatility around the new normal of slower growth, both in real economic activity and in financial markets.


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BEIJING Travis Kelce Jersey , Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- China is taking resolute pro-growth moves including manufacturing and infrastructure investment against economic headwinds.

Their necessity was indicated as the new Caixin purchasing managers' index declined to a two-year low of 47.7 in July from June's 49.4, suggesting weakness in the manufacturing sector. Full story

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