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A murder of crows, a herd of cattle, a parliament of owls... we need a collective noun for paragliders.

The options I've heard most often are gaggle and flock, which do make sense given that we do resemble geese when we launch. Unfortunately, both words only properly apply to geese on the ground; geese in the air are a skein, a team, or a wedge, and none of those terms seem quite right. And one term that applies to us both on the ground and in the air would be easier. For that same reason, I'm not especially fond of a flight, such as for storks and swallows, as it doesn't sound like it could be applied to paragliders on the ground.

Hang gliders sometimes call us jellyfish (all in good fun, of course), so perhaps we could adopt one of the collective nouns for jellyfish: fluther or smack... though a "smack of paragliders" has some unfortunate implications and a "fluther of paragliders" is just difficult to say.

We could name ourselves for hawks: a boil for when two or more are spiralling in flight or a kettle for when flying in large numbers. Or after eagles: a convocation of paragliders. Perhaps it is a little presumptuous to name ourselves after birds of prey, though.

Yesterday Russ and I volunteered at the Outdoor Adventure Show for iParaglide. Towards the end of the day, a bunch of our fellow pilots came by and the conversation soon turned to everyone's newest toys: one person's new harness, another's new helmet with shiny visor, someone's new camera with helmet mount, another's new wing... there's always a new shiny coming out.

As a community, paragliders are pretty camera-happy. We're very fond of taking pictures and video of ourselves and each other. We also love our gadgets, such as GPS trackers, varios, and all kinds of other tools, especially if they help us brag about our flights on the internet. Therefore, in the tradition of many collective nouns coming from descriptions of a group's characteristics or habits of life, I would like to propose a flash of paragliders.
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