Hoosier PPG
(Year around in sunny Florida, near Orlando)

   2141 Madden Ave. SW
    Palm Bay, Fl. 32908

    Cell: 321-978-4433 

    Email:  dj@ppg-flt-trng.com


Proud Member & Certified Instructor of...
United States Powered Paragliding Association

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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)

  1. How safe is it?  There are no guarantees in life, as you know. Climb a tree or ladder & there is the possibility of a fall. If you want to fly, apply the knowledge you will acquire from our school along with some common sense, the risk is there but less than riding a motorcycle, for instance. Certainly the safest vehicle in the sky today.
  2. How much does it cost?  Training costs $2,500 for 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 student's physical condition, co-ordination, age, weight, etc. Usually 5-7 days.
  3. What does training involve?  Ground handling, also known as kiting, is the most difficult & time consuming part of the training. Once the two basic launch methods are learned, the student can practice at home on their own. Once they are able to launch the wing & keep it overhead, the 2nd phase begins.  These steps are then repeated wearing the static motor. After a simulator check-out the student is ready to solo.
  4. How do I get started?  An introductory lesson is available. Lasting about 3.5 hours, you will  learn nomenclature, the features of a PPG wing & motor, how/why it creates lift, how to do both forward & reverse launches, & your instructor will demo inflations of both types. You will then put on the training harness & practice both methods yourself. Finally your instructor will do a demo flight, weather permitting. The cost is $150. This is a good way to discover if you have the capability & motivation for this sport.
  5. How does the paraglider inflate?  There are two methods to inflate the wing: "Forward" - with the wing behind you in low 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.
  6. How do you steer the powered paraglider?  Control 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 back down.
  7. How high can the powered paraglider fly? The world record for the powered paraglider is over 18,000 feet. The majority of flying is between 200 and 1,000 feet above the ground.
  8. How low can the powered paraglider fly?  The unique aspect of the powered paraglider is the fact the wing is some distance above the pilot. This allows flight at anything above ground level.
  9. How long can a flight last on one tank of gas? Three hours +.
  10. Do I need a license? No, there is no license required for this sport.
  11. What type of gas do you use? The same gas you use in your car mixed with high quality air cooled 2 stroke oil.
  12. 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.
  13. How far do you have to run to get airborne?  In light wind conditions (0 to 4 mph), you have to run 20 to 50 feet.  With stronger winds (5 to 10 mph) you have to run 5 to 15 feet.  It also depends on the size of the motor.
  14. How far can I fly? The distance varies with the conditions such as wind & fuel capacity, but long distances are possible.
  15. 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 (8 to 1 glide ratio).
  16. What do the engines weigh and do I carry the weight?  The engines vary from 35 to 70 lbs. The weight is carried by the pilot until the wing is inflated (5 minutes or less), then the total weight is lifted by the wing.
  17. Is it possible to take a friend up with me? Only if you are certified & you have the special equipment required. 
  18. How long does it take to learn to fly a powered paraglider?  Most students can solo in a 4 - 7 days. The majority of 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.
  19. Can you restart the paramotor in flight?   Yes, 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.
  20. How safe are these paraglider wings?  The modern 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.
  21. Does equipment type differ for different size pilots?  Yes, the weight ratings of the wing and the engine thrust are very important to the size and weight of the pilot. Think about this before buying used equipment. Talk to your instructor before making equipment decisions.
  22. Where can I fly the powered paraglider?  Anywhere that is not populated with a lot of houses or people. They are also prohibited in certain areas like near an airport without prior authorization.
  23. 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 aircraft.
  24. Are there times and conditions when I cannot fly? Yes, 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.
  25. How maneuverable are they?  This ultralight can 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!
  26. 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.
  27. How long to the time I get to my take off site does it take to launch?  Anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes.
  28. What other names are the powered paraglider called? Powered paragliding; paramotoring.  Paraglider: Wing, glider, chute
  29. How do I get started if I want to fly a powered paraglider? Call us and take our Intro Course before you purchase equipment.
  30. 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.