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Powered Parachute Flying Handbook 2007: FAA-H-8083-29
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Do you need or want an aircraft that is really small and can fly away from your yard, the powered parachute is the craft for you? These PPC can be launched by foot or you could have a short airstrip if you have an acre or two that you can use. Training to learn how to use the motorized parachute would be a good idea if you want to avoid being the subject of the evening news, but most pilots love the freedom you get from these tiny flyers.
Beginners will probably start out by staying just a few feet off the ground. Stay Just high enough to avoid the fences but low enough to survive a fall. Once you get experience you can soar to 18,000 feet as long as you don‚t bump into anything. The average speed is between 25 to 35 miles an hour so it is slow compared to regular aircraft but the object of flying and seeing the view is the real goal.
If an aircraft meets the ultralight category then a license or even flying instruction is not needed. The 1 person powered parachute meets this standard but it would be sensible to make sure you had the proper training before attempting to fly. You don't want to end up in the news. If you are flying a two man PPC then you will need to get a certificate in sport flying. Also twelve hours of instruction is required.
Would you guess that a fixed wind aircraft is safer than a backpack powered parachute? You would be wrong because the PPC is not as quick to stall and the controls are more steady because the response isn't as fast. You have more time to get out of a crisis this way. To move right or left you move the bars for steering and adjust the engine propulsion to control the craft.
Your main hazard (besides gravity) when flying the powered parachute are gusty winds and running into obstacles. Don't fly in winds over 10-15 mph. On this page find information, products, manuals, flying lessons, Plans, Flying Handbook and more.
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Looking for an easy way to fly? Check out these powered parachutes and find one that will fit your budget. These tiny aircraft donít need much of a runway to get off the ground and can be launched by foot. Be sure to get he correct raining before flying a PPC. I think 12 hours of instruction is needed to get a certificate in Light Sport. You need to check it out because if your paraplane is made only for one person you may not need a certificate at all. So to avoid a place on the local news make sure you know what you are doing. The first flight should go just high enough to avoid a hard landing in case something goes wrong. But after you are sure of your skill the motorized parachute can go up to 18,000 feet.
One time I was outside and heard a buzzing sound. Looking up I saw two of these aircraft flying overhead. They seemed to go really slow because they usually float along at a nice speed of 25 to 35 miles per hour. This gives you plenty of time to take in the view.
In this photo above (on another page) the pilot is preparing to take off. It is a cool day because she is a bundled up. Of course going 25 to 35 miles an hour would cool you down too and you would need some protection against the elements. This aircraft is probably the closest you can get to actually flying.
In this photo above the fellow flying the motorized PPC is flying over Montevideo Uruguay. However you donít have to go far to fly one of these. Your backyard is almost big enough to launch one of these flying machines. Check out the different models and find one that would suit your style and taste.
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