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Air Sports

The men who fall to Earth

The quest to jump from ever-higher altitudes has gripped skydivers for generations, with varying results.  Craig Williams weighs the latest attempt against those of the 'supermen' of the 1960s.

Friday, 31 August, 2012, 7:53pm

Beijing leisure flights grounded for congress

The Chinese use a colourful phrase, 'Not even a fly is allowed inside' to describe an area of tight security. With the Communist Party's 17th National Congress opening on Monday, the government is trying to literally remove airborne pests with a flight ban announced on Wednesday.

12 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Detours: Plane sailing

Soaring, sailplaning, gliding - whatever you want to call it, there's no better way to see the countryside.

26 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Scan for information

Paper 1a Practice

The following texts are the kind you find in brochures and guides. They are rich in information and are intended more for scanning than detailed reading. They tell us about a series of holidays. Glance at the headings first to orient yourself and then turn to the questions. Return to the texts to find the answers.

A. Langkawi Getaway

11 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

High as a kite

Leaping into the air, hundreds of metres above the jungle that surrounds Rio de Janeiro, all I can do is open my mouth in wonder. 'We're flying,' I say, somewhat stunned, to Pedro, who's guiding the hang-glider with the grace of a condor. 'Like a bird,' he replies with a grin.

19 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

National Games showcase sorry state of Chinese sport

The just-ended 10th National Games provided an opportunity for China to showcase its sporting credentials ahead of hosting the 2008 Olympics. Instead, the event has highlighted the unacceptable face of mainland sport.

25 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

A breeze for high-fliers r

Picture yourself being catapulted into mid-air strapped into a hang glider, swooping into a majestic world filled with grand canyons.

29 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Miscalculated

I refer to the report headlined, 'Helicopter rescues paraglider in tree' (South China Morning Post, October 7).

There was no crash, there was no tree, there were no injuries.

Due to his own miscalculation, Chan Man-fai failed to catch a thermic cycle and as a result was not able to fly to the normal landing area in Shek O.

19 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Glider saved

AN expatriate paraglider was rescued by a Government Flying Service helicopter last night after he was seen falling from a cliff near Cape D'Aguilar, Shek O. He was not injured.

3 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Change in rules after death of paraglider

A BAN on paragliding will start 30 minutes before sunset following the death of one of the territory's most experienced paragliders who, according to an inquiry's conclusions, misjudged his landing due to an optical illusion caused by fading light.

Richard Keen, 45, a Cathay Pacific pilot trainer, died on July 18.

19 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Daring duo in happy landing

LOCALS gawked, tourists rejoiced and eagles dived for cover yesterday as Hong Kong's bumbling, charity-earning paragliders buzzed into Beijing alive after their 2,500-kilometre 'Flight for Sight' journey.

20 Jun 1995 - 12:00am

Glider recovers

FRENCH national, Philippe Claudet Quinet, who was injured in a paragliding accident in Shek O on Sunday, was discharged from hospital yesterday. His friend Eran Efrat, from Israel, was in stable condition.

7 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

Helicopter flies injured paragliders from Shek O ridge

TWO paragliders were taken to hospital by helicopter yesterday after they crash-landed at Dragonback Ridge near Shek O.

The men, members of the Hong Kong Paragliding Association, were caught in a downwind as they sailed on easterly winds over the ridge at 5 pm, a few hours after the first tropical cyclone warning of the year was raised.

6 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

I WANNA LEARN ... PARAGLIDING

YOU are standing 250 metres above sea level and take a deep breath. Your feet begin to move forward, five, 10, 15 metres.A fresh breeze buoys you up and then you rise into the air - and have joined in the sport of paragliding.

11 Apr 1993 - 12:00am

Riding the wind on a wing and a prayer

AFTER the fifth unsuccessful attempt to raise the ''wing'' into the air, the frustration begins to show on the paraglider's face. Only after he had stepped off the side of the mountain to find himself floating in mid-air did it become a ''spiritual experience''.

7 Apr 1993 - 12:00am