Powered Paragliding lets us realize our most
amazing dreams of flight. But be educated! The PPG bible, now in its
third edition, is a collaborative effort that takes you from "first
sight to first flight" and way, way beyond, helping you aviate
confidently in the national airspace system while having a blast along
the way. Enjoy the ride!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- How safe is it? There are no guarantees
life, as you know. Climb a tree or ladder & there is the
of a fall. If you want to fly, apply the knowledge you will acquire
our school along with some common sense, the risk is there but less
riding a motorcycle, for instance. Certainly the safest vehicle in the
- How much does it cost? Training costs
our basic course. However if all your equipment purchases are made thru
our school, training is 1/2 price. How long does it take to train? Very
subjective in that it depends on a number of things, including
physical condition, co-ordination, age, weight, etc. Usually 5-7 days.
- What does training involve? Ground
also known as kiting, is the most difficult & time consuming part
the training. Once the two basic launch methods are learned, the
can practice at home on their own. Once they are able to launch the
& keep it overhead, the 2nd phase begins. These steps are
wearing the static motor. After a simulator check-out the student is
ready to solo.
- How do I get started? An introductory
available. Lasting about 3.5 hours, you will learn nomenclature,
features of a PPG wing & motor, how/why it creates lift, how to do
& reverse launches, & your instructor will demo inflations of
types. You will then put on the training harness & practice both
methods yourself. Finally your instructor will do a demo flight,
permitting. The cost is $150. This is a good way to
discover if you have the capability & motivation for this sport.
- How does the paraglider inflate? There
methods to inflate the wing: "Forward" - with the wing behind you in
wind conditions, you run and pull the wing up using your body weight to
inflate it. "Reverse" in winds of 5-10 mph the pilot faces the
wing to inflate the paraglider.
- How do you steer the powered paraglider?
is very easy. Simply pull the right handle to turn right, the left
handle to turn left and pull both at five feet above the ground for a
gentle landing. Squeeze the throttle to climb and release it to glide
- How high can the powered paraglider fly? The
world record for the powered paraglider is over 18,000 feet. The
flying is between 200 and 1,000 feet above the ground.
- How low can the powered paraglider fly?
The unique aspect of the powered paraglider is the fact the wing
some distance above the pilot. This allows flight at anything above
- How long can a flight last on one tank of gas? Three hours +.
- Do I need a license? No, there is no license
required for this sport.
- What type of gas do you use? The same gas you
use in your car mixed with high quality air cooled 2 stroke oil.
- How fast does the paraglider fly? The speed
varies with the type of paralgider used but will be between 25 and 40
miles per hour.
- How far do you have to run to get airborne?
light wind conditions (0 to 4 mph), you have to run 20 to 50 feet.
stronger winds (5 to 10 mph) you have to run 5 to 15 feet. It
depends on the size of the motor.
- How far can I fly? The distance varies with
the conditions such as wind & fuel capacity, but long distances are
- What happens if the engine stops? The engine
is only necessary to take off & stay airborne. At any time you can
shut off the motor and land safely because you are flying with an open
parachute that can glide up to 8 feet forward with only one foot down
to 1 glide ratio).
- What do the engines weigh and do I carry the
weight? The engines vary from 35 to 70 lbs. The weight is
the pilot until the wing is inflated (5 minutes or less), then the
total weight is lifted by the wing.
- Is it possible to take a friend up with me?
Only if you are certified & you have the special equipment
- How long does it take to learn to fly a powered
paraglider? Most students can solo in a 4 - 7 days. The
training is done on the ground learning to control the wing. The actual
flying is very easy & most anyone could control the powered
paraglider once in flight.
- Can you restart the paramotor in flight?
the newer engines come with very high energy ignitions that
make starting easy by using the pull starter handle or electric start.
You can stop the engine, soar and then restart anytime you like.
- How safe are these paraglider wings? The
paraglider is built and tested with loads up to 15 times greater than
can be exerted during flight. The type of paraglider used with an
engine is a standard rated glider that will continue to fly
normally without pilot input.
- Does equipment type differ for different size
pilots? Yes, the weight ratings of the wing and the engine
are very important to the size and weight of the pilot. Think about
before buying used equipment. Talk to your instructor before making
- Where can I fly the powered paraglider?
that is not populated with a lot of houses or people. They are also
prohibited in certain areas like near an airport without
- Is the powered paraglider safe? As in all air
sports it has it's risks, of course. The fact that the pilot hangs from
an open parachute makes it inherently safer than all other types of
- Are there times and conditions when I cannot fly?
the fact that you are flying a very light airplane means that you are
limited to light wind conditions up to 15 mph and morning and
late afternoon flying. The mid-day skys are generally too rough to
enjoy.The exception to this is beach flying where you can fly all day
long as the air is not disturbed by the ocean as much as it is by land.
- How maneuverable are they? This
fly sideways, backwards, turn on it's own axis and fly close to the
ground endlessly. You can take off in 1 foot and land in 1 foot in
certain wind conditions. There is no other aircraft in the world except
a helecopter that
can do this!
- How do you transport the powered paraglider? Most
ppg's break down in very small packages and can fit in the average car
trunk. This break down takes 15 minutes and can be reassembled in
15 minutes. Some use a rack near the rear bumper.
- How long to the time I get to my take off site
does it take to launch? Anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes.
- What other names are the powered paraglider called?
Powered paragliding; paramotoring. Paraglider: Wing, glider, chute
- How do I get started if I want to fly a powered
paraglider? Call us and take our Intro Course before you purchase
- How much does the equipment cost both new and used?
The equipment cost new averages $8 - 10,000.00. Used equipment can be
purchased for about 60% of new price.