Paragliding is the recreational and competing event sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid basic structure. The pilot remains in a harness suspended below a fabric wing. Wing shape supported 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.
Despite not using an engine, paraglider flights can last many hours and cover many hundreds of kilometres, though flights of one to two hours and covering some tens of kilometres are more the norm. By experienced exploitation of sources of lift, the pilot may gain height, often climbing to altitudes of a few thousand meters.