In the spring of 1988 I was looking toward the summit of my favorite mountain, Mount Baldiri near TeiÓ Spain, located 20 km NE of Barcelona. I saw a white unusual form, different from the usual triangular delta shapes that flew above the hills. Suddenly, the white form changed and I saw what appeared to be a parachute gliding down the mountain, grazing the pines. The following week I visited the mountain to speak with those pioneers and see their 7 and 9 cell "machines". Just one year later, I took my first course in paragliding at my university (UPC). This was 1989, the year of the paragliding boom in Catalonia. Since then, I've combined flying with the study of these fabulous gliders.

In this book I intend to summarize my knowledge of paraglider design acquired over years of study. This knowledge comes from what I have studied in books, magazine articles, Internet forums, correspondence with other designers, and includes some of my own contributions.

I thought of two possibilities for publishing:

1) Find a publisher for my book. This option has the advantage of earning money with the support of an editorial staff and advertising. I like the idea of having a well-edited book.

2) Publish the book freely on the Internet in PDF format and html. This option has the great advantage of achieving a free flow of information without restrictions of any kind. Regarding the language of publication, my choice of English was not the easiest for me because my drafts are in Catalan and Castilian.

The writing of the book began in June 2008. Successive articles will be published in HTML as they are written. .Once completed, everything will be published in a single PDF document, free for downloading.

NOTE 1: In January 2009 the Chapter 4 (Longitudinal equilibrium) 5 (development of flat panels) and 6 (Ovalization) have been written. Here are some of the most important items on the design of paragliders, and their correct understanding requires a level of math equivalent to a first-year university in science or engineering. The following chapters will be somewhat more friendly! ...and also very interesting ...!

NOTE 2: Chapters 2 (airfoils) and 3 (main lobe) added in December 2009...

All comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.


Pere HernÓndez i Casellas
TeiÓ, june 2008