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We had two: a great flier, and a great machine. I, the third, captured this amazing man and his beautiful machine in action, at Jakkur airfield.
Nikolai Singh runs the Meghalaya Paragliders Association, and he is the only paraglider pilot recognized by the Indian DGCA. He has a quality important for an aviator: He longs to leave the ground, yet knows his limits. He is constantly aware of what’s important, always keeping safety in mind. Rarely does he say, “let’s push it”, and when he says that, he more than knows what he is doing.
Nikolai has done some amazing work for brands such a Coca Cola, Vodafone (and a lot others; I will need to spend a week with him to document the “Chronicles of Nikolai”), and has had the Election Commission as a client many a time. Laser Flying, Projector Flying, Aerial Surveys, Videography: name it, and he’s done it, all with legal permits that he diligently keeps a record of!
Here are some photos (and a video at the end of this photo-entry) capturing what takes place, in brief, before a non-rigid wings takes you to the skies. Preparation is key; safety is paramount; everything else comes much later down the line. Which is why I felt absolutely comfortable and safe flying with him.
With sufficient airspeed and a well controlled wing, Nikolai takes us up, up and away, flying at between 40-50km/h!
Watch a short clip here, of the takeoff:
Watched you at work. Meticulous, short, sweet & brilliant article.
Thanks, Harry! 🙂
Wonderful article. Thanks for sharing the pictures and video too. I am very keen on learning either hang gliding or paragliding (powered or otherwise). Is there any organization in Bangalore that trains people in these, or atleast offers flights on a paid basis? Any inputs will be highly appreciated. Thanks ! Shankar (Aviation enthusiast & aerospace engineer).
This is a good effort ….
Just a bit of a correction here, DGCA does not have anything to do with Paragliding or Powered paragliding and are not authorized to recognize or give licence / clearance to any para pilot, I am astonished about the stated fact in the blog…!!!
There is as such no recognized paramotor pilot in India..