Is hang gliding or paragliding safer?
All of the tandem pilots / instructors employed at the Torrey Pines Gliderport are professionals with advanced USHPA ratings. Our team has been doing this for years, with nearly 150 years of combined experience, there are few places in the world that have greater depth in attitude, maturity and skill. Our safety record is impeccable and we average less than 1 accident per 10 years or 100,000 flights.
Safety in aviation comes down to pilot attitude. Does the pilot push the limits? Do they make impulsive decisions, do they possess situational awareness. Both hang gliding and paragliding are nearly the same in terms of safety. The real factor in pilot / passenger safety is the decision making ability of the pilot in command. We have a saying in the foot launched aviation community,
“There are a lot of old pilots, and there are a lot of bold pilots, but there are not a lot of old bold pilots.”
The bottom line: Accidents due occur in these sports and pilots do make errors. The goal is to minimize those risk factors while making sure the customer (our passengers) are having the time of their lives.