Whoever said you cannot be too many things all at once, has clearly never met Avi Malik, one of the pioneers for paragliding in India. Here’s a ‘tiny’ introduction to the man himself. Avi-an Malik Avi Malik is an ex-Indian Air Force fighter pilot and a TedX speaker who later went on to open Templepilots Paragliding at Kamshet to bring to people the joy of flying after he himself experienced it for the first time. He is one of the front-runners for making Kamshet, Maharashtra a hub for paragliding in India and bringing it on the world map for paragliders. Avi Malik is the only Indian to be a paragliding ‘master instructor’ qualified by the APPI (Association of Paragliding Pilots and Instructors), a world paragliding licensing association based out of Switzerland. Additionally, he is also a member of the pedagogical committee of APPI. About paragliding So to say, paragliding is the lesser mortals’ way of flying the free sky. It is popularly described as a recreational adventure sport that became popular only in the 1980s. Paragliding and hang-gliding came into being as a result of the work of three aeronautical engineers who competed in the 1960s to design a parachute like device that could lower the Apollo space capsule to Earth gently on an angle. Eventually, David Barish developed the design and went on to improve the paraglider into its current shape. Temple Pilots Paragliding Templepilots Paragliding that has created its firm base in Kamshet is credited with training over 1000 people in the basic paragliding course and giving the joy of flying tandem (with a trained pilot) for countless others. The company’s Facebook page is flooded with positive reviews of paragliding. While Templepilots have made sure that there is immense fun factor, there is
Whoever said you cannot be too many things all at once, has clearly never met Avi Malik, one of the pioneers for paragliding in India.
History Paragliding has been giving wings to enthusiasts long before Red bull came up with the tagline "Red Bull Gives you Wings". It was much later than the advent of the sport, when David Barish was discovered by Xavier Murillo as he was researching for his book, ‘The History of Paragliding’. Contrary to popular belief, paragliding took birth in the United States of America. According to a report by New York Times, paragliding and hang-gliding came into being as a result of the work of three aeronautical engineers who competed in the 1960s to design a parachute like device that could lower the Apollo space capsule to Earth gently on an angle. However, in 1964 NASA chose a primitive version of the parachute that ultimately resulted in the Apollo crashing in the ocean, thus ending the space race. David Barish's Paraglider Barish’s original single surface airfoil was made from one sheet, sewn from a boat’s spinnaker sail. His paraglider was 90 feet long and 27 feet wide and was tested by air-towing armoured personnel carriers. Eventual versions of the paraglider were improved to be much smaller in size that is now used by innumerable enthusiasts and professionals, Barish being one of them. Barish breathed his last in 2009 due to multiple myeloma at the age of 88. And his last flight was only the previous year. Paragliding Enthusiasts Say We asked people ‘What would you say to David Barish, if you had the chance to meet him?’ Avi Malik (Founder of TemplePilots Paragliding) Thank you with all our hearts David Barish sir for giving us such exquisite wings. God bless David Barish and his winged soul. Sachin Pathare (Instructor at TemplePilots Paragliding) We humans are never meant to fly naturally, but people like you