powered parachute is a flying machine that uses a parachute for a wing. This
safe mode of travel is fast becoming popular among aviation enthusiast,
pilots, hobbyists, and ranchers alike. It is the fastest growing flying sport
can learn to fly? Any person - young and old alike
- can quickly
learn to master Powered Parachuting. There is no aviation medical, just drivers
license and a Sport Pilot license..
long does it take to learn? In one afternoon, you can be flying solo. In one
weekend or one week of morning/evenings you can be on proficient enough to be on
your own. While it takes a clear head to fly any powered parachute, most student
feel comfortable after just a few hours of flight.
will need the official class to actually fly, but here are the basics:
the chute is laid out behind the cart. Once the engine starts, and rolls
forward a few feet, the chute simply pops overhead (little to no drag happens
on the ground). Then when full power is applied, the craft starts down the
runway (usually just an open field), and after a surprisingly short distance
(50-200 ft) the craft takes-off and is flying. That's it!.
are only two controls to learn : Steering, and Power. Steering is achieved via
foot 'pedals'. Pressing the right foot turns you to the right, and the left to
the left. To go up, you simply add more power (you don't go faster -- you just
go up more!), to go down, you reduce power. It's that simple. You cannot turn
the craft into a stall, nor can you 'power down' the craft into a dive.
you line up with the landing site and are headed into the wind, power is
reduced until an even decent is achieved. When the wheels touch the ground,
turn off the engine, pull the chute down, and coast to a stop. Under some
conditions brakes, and or flare can be used (using both pedals at the same
time). Landing distances are even shorter than take-off, and for an experience
pilot that distance can approach zero feet.
not to fly:
over 15 mph.
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