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The Ultimate Hang Gliding Quiz
by Staff
Among man's many achievements, the ability to fly is one that never gets old -- especially for people who hang glide. Soaring through the air and reaching daring heights is either thrilling or terrifying, depending on your point of view. Regardless of whether you're ready to take off running, sit back and test your knowledge of the next best thing to grow wings.

How long has the hang glider's modern shape been around?

  • since the Renaissance era
  • since the 1920s
  • since the 1960s

Which of the following is the regulating authority for hang gliding in the U.S.?

  • the U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association
  • the U.S. Ultralight Association
  • the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

How do pilots typically steer hang gliders?

  • There is no way to steer a hang glider.
  • They use a wheel similar to those seen in small planes.
  • They shift their body weight.

How do hang gliders and their pilots stay aloft?

  • because of hang gliders' airfoil wing shape
  • because of various thermal lifts and air currents
  • Both answers are correct.

Which of the following pieces of equipment is NOT necessary to hang glide, but is highly recommended?

  • a harness
  • a parachute
  • a snack for later

Hang gliders' structural tubes often consist of which lightweight metal?

  • aluminum
  • titanium
  • magnesium

Do you need a license to hang glide?

  • Yes, absolutely.
  • No, but taking a course from a certified instructor is recommended.
  • It depends on your age.

Hang gliding is an event at which international competition?

  • the summer Olympics
  • the X Games
  • the World Air Games

What is the world record for the farthest straight distance traveled at one time while hang gliding?

  • 244.2 km (around 151 miles)
  • 700.6 km (nearly 435 miles)
  • 2,584.9 km (roughly 1,605 miles)

Which of the following skill ratings must someone have in order to become a hang gliding instructor though USHPA?

  • intermediate
  • advanced
  • master

What is the fundamental difference between hang gliding and its close cousin, paragliding?

  • Hang gliding requires an airfoil wing, and paragliding uses an inflatable wing.
  • Hang gliding is more dangerous.
  • Paragliding is more dangerous.

While hang gliding, you should keep an eye out for which changes in the air around you?

  • ridge lifts
  • thermal lifts
  • both ridge and thermal lifts

What does the term "glide ratio" mean?

  • the rate of forward distance traveled to the distance dropped vertically
  • your body weight to the weight of the hang glider
  • your speed to the speed of the wind

Which of the following is NOT a part of a hang glider?

  • control bar
  • a nose wire
  • a line

You're about to hang glide, but you need to get a running start down a slope to take off. Around how fast do you need to run to get enough lift?

  • 5 to 10 mph (8 to 16 kph)
  • 15 to 25 mph (24 to 40 kph)
  • 25 to 35 mph (40 to 56 kph)

What does the term "angle of attack" mean?

  • It's the strategy you use if you want to fly into someone you don't like.
  • It's the angle in which you position yourself prior to landing.
  • It's the angle you can adjust to increase or decrease your glide ratio.

Which of the following represents the average risk of death for hang gliding?

  • 1 in every 24,000 flights
  • 1 in every 83,000 flights
  • 1 in every 116,000 flights

Why is it so difficult for pilots to gain control while their hang gliders are spiraling?

  • They can't hold on to the hang gliders' control bars.
  • There's not much they can do.
  • They experience extreme disorientation, or vertigo, and can't regain proper control or positioning.

How heavy is the average single-harnessed hang glider?

  • around 65 pounds (30 kilograms)
  • almost 90 pounds (40 kilograms)
  • more than 120 pounds (54 kilograms)

What's the best way to land a hang glider?

  • You should tip the front of the wing downward.
  • You should tip the front of the wing upward.
  • You should maintain your speed while landing.