paragliding365.com and DHV Gelaendedatenbank

As some of you might know I am also running www.paragliding365.com which I started about 5 years ago. A paragliding portal for Hanggliders and Paragliders with more than 5.000 site descriptions and more than 1.700 schools and clubs, all in one spot and maintained and kept up to date by the more than 6.000 registered users.

paragliding365 portal

In the forum / bulletin board of the German DHV (Deutscher Haengegleiter Verband, which is similar to the “HGFA – Hang Gliding Federation of Australia“), a discussion started about the pro’s and con’s of paragliding365.com vs. the Federation’s own Site database and whether its worthwhile that the two could get into a partnerschip and why this hasnt been discussed earlier.

My response (a very long one because I havent been very active in the last 2 years contributing to that bulletin board) could be seen here (Of course you need to speak German to get the message).

Bottom Line:

  1. The portal is from a pilot for the pilots and is successful just because of the pilots
  2. Marketing hasnt been done actively over the last 2 years as we know live in Australia and the market has to be worked on with personal relationships
  3. Major new developments havent taken place over the last 2 years (almost) due to fact number 2
  4. A partnership with DHV was discussed but knocked by the DHV commission because of cost reasons
  5. The portal will be further developed and will further serve the needs of the pilots
  6. And beside that, I love what I am doing in that regard as it is very rewardning.

If you are a paraglider, you should have a look.

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Torsten J. Koerting

Torsten J. Koerting is a project management-, paragliding- and Outdoor Enthusiast, Consultant, Author of several books and engaged as a speaker at many conferences. As Managing Partner at projectyzer he is specialised in supporting companies and organisations in reinventing their strategy as well as turning projects around that are in trouble. He worked in Europe, US and Australia for more than 20 years for global Blue Chips. He does hold the German and Australian Citizenship and lives with his wife and two kids between Europe and Australia. He is also a certified Bank Clerk, Executive Bachelor and Project Management Professional (PMI) and used to be Board Member of the PMI Queensland Chapter (Australia).

Comments

  1. Very good and complete overview over status and history of Paragliding365.com . A pitty that DHV even today could not coorporate.

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