Parachute Frequently Asked Questions
What Makes The Powered Parachute So Stable?
The pendulum effect (pilot and airframe suspended by an airfoil) provides
How Fast Does It Fly?
The Powered Parachute flies at between 26 & 32mph through the air. This is
determined by the type of wing, (rectangular or elliptical) & wing loading.
The heavier your payload, the faster you will fly. The ground speed is
determined by the speed of the wind relative to the flight direction.
How Does The Parachute Deploy?
Simply lay the parachute out behind the airframe and start the engine. As
the pilot and aircraft start rolling forward for takeoff, the parachute will
kite overhead. Upon reaching flying speed, the parachute will lift the pilot
and aircraft up into the sky.
What if the engine quits?
It gets very quiet. In the unlikely event that the engine should fail, the
pilot can safely steer the unpowered gliding Powered Parachute back to a
landing site. You will have a glide ratio of anywhere between 3:1 to 5 or
6:1, depending on the type of wing you’re flying. (rectangular or
How Is The Powered Parachute Transported?
All that is required is a small trailer. Of course, there are many trailer
options available, including fully enclosed models that will sleep 6, has
full kitchen and bathroom facilities, and can carry a PPC easily.
Why a Powered Parachute?
Why a powered parachute? Boy is this a broad question – you sure you
want to go with this question? OK, OK, well, because:
It is probably the most fun you can have with
your clothes on.
It is the easiest flying vehicle we know
about – only two airborn controls. One to control your rise and decent
through the skies, and the other to make turns (via your feet and the
foot rudder bars).
Besides keeping the unit sturdy, clean & dry,
you only need to change the oil and the plugs to maintain it.
It takes very little room to store it – a
single car garage can hold three units. And hence it is also very easy
to transport – a common utility trailer can easily carry your PPC to any
fly-in. Heck, some people just add an extended shelf to the rear of
their pick-up trucks and put the PPC there (without any trailer).
You can complete your basic training in 3
You can fly year round.
It requires no ground crew, you can easily
unpack, take-off, land, and re-load your PPC all by yourself.
It has an incredible safety record
(despite the fact that mere humans are allowed to fly it).
And, as a true 103 ultralight – it requires
no medical; there is no age limit, and no bureaucratic paperwork (i.e.,
no license or registration).
What does it feel like?
Flying a powered parachute is the closest you may ever come to actualizing
those childhood flying dreams. It is the closest you will ever come to
soaring with the eagles. Another aircraft may never match the slow & low
abilities of the PPC. It is an incredibly safe and fun way to
What is the ceiling of the PPC? (How high can
From the factory, the 2-seat PPC with a 65hp engine will normally obtain
around 10,000 feet with just an average size pilot, and around 8,000 feet
with 450 lbs of occupants. As of July 2001, the altitude record is over
17,700 feet (I believe by Bud Gish of Alaska).
Can I train myself?
Since there is considerably more to flying a PPC, than pulling an
elevator control back, or pushing a foot (steering) rudder bar – I would
have to say "NO" for safety’s sake!
What kind of license do I need to fly a
Powered Parachutes? A single seat103 legal PPC does not require a license. For a two seater, you
need to get a Sport Pilot Certificate (Click below for more details.)
SPORT PILOT RULES