While pilots of just about any size can fly, some limits are set by the availability of appropriate equipment. Heavier pilots need larger gliders than lighter pilots. Most hang glider pilots weigh between 90 and 250 lbs., so manufacturers design gliders to fit that span. Being too light on a glider makes control difficult; being too heavy makes it difficult to soar (stay up in lift), and may cause the glider to fly uncomfortably or dangerously fast. Height is not an issue except for very short pilots, who may have difficulty lifting the glider high enough to clear the ground while launching.
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