Powered Paraglider (PPG) is the smallest simplest powered aircraft in the world.

 AND the easiest to learn to fly. Using a Paraglider wing ensures safety and inherent stability, while the engine adds autonomy and freedom. Control is very easy; simply pull the right hand brake to turn right, the left to turn left and pull both at five feet above the ground to glide in for a gentle landing.

Legislation: In Canada this sport is regulated and a Powered Parachute license is required. The good news; normal course lengths range between 2 and 4 days training.  For more detailed info consult the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) at Transport Canada.

 In the USA, no license is required, but there are airspace regulations in the FAA (part 103) that apply to this type of flying. Additionally, Tandem flight requires a special exception/license.

             


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Useful Links

www.usppa.org

www.footflyer.com

Canadian Owner & Pilots Association

Frequently asked questions

  • How does the Power 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 speed and body weight to inflate.
Reverse - with pilot facing the wing we use light winds to inflate and pull up the paraglider.

  • How do you steer the Power Paraglider?

Control is very easy. Simply pull the right handle (Brake) to turn right, the left handle (Brake) to turn left and pull both at five feet above the ground to flare when landing , this stops your descent resulting in a gentle landing. Squeeze the throttle to climb and release it to glide back down.

  • How high can the Power Paraglider fly?

In the US, FAA's part 103 dictates we stay under 18,000 feet and the majority of flying is between 150 and 300 feet above the ground. In Canada we run out of air at 13,000 ft so we try to stay below that.

  • How low can the Power Paraglider fly?

The unique aspect of the powered paraglider is the fact the wing is some distance above the pilot. This allows flight at ground level from 10 inches up. (This cannot be done safely with any other aircraft in the world.)

  • How long can the flight last on one tank of gas?

Up to three hours, its weight dependent.

  • Do I need a license?

In the USA, No, there is no license required for this sport. In Canada you are required to have an Ultra Light license restricted to powered paragliding. Training

  • What type of gas do you use?

The same gas you use in your car mixed with 2 stroke oil.

  • How fast does the Power Paraglider fly?

The speed varies with the type of paraglider used but will be between 17 and 28 miles per hour.

  • How far do you have to run to get airborne?

In light wind conditions (0 to 4 mph), you have to run 5 to 15 feet. With stronger winds (5 to 10 mph) you have to run 1 to 5 feet.

  • How far can I fly?

The distance varies with the conditions of the day, but up to 40 miles is possible

  • What happens if the engine stops?

The engine is only used to go up. At any time you can shut off the motor and land safely because you are flying with an efficient wing that can glide up to 8 feet forward with only one foot down (8 to 1 glide ratio).

  • What do the engines weigh and do I carry that weight?

The engines vary from 33 lbs to 65 lbs. For foot launches, the weight is carried by the pilot only until the wing is inflated and then the weight is burdened by the paraglider. With Quad Launches, the quad carries the motor and never seems to get tired.

  • Is it possible to take a friend up with me?

No, have your friend get his own powered paraglider.

  • How long does it take to learn to fly?

Most students can solo in a few days. The majority of training is done on the ground learning to control the wing. The actual flying is so easy that any person can control the powered paraglider once in flight. Training

  • Can you restart the Paramotor in flight?

Yes, new engines come with very high energy ignitions, that make starting very easy with a small tug on the pull starter rope. You can stop the engine and soar and then restart anytime you like. The MZ 34 313 is also available with an electric start.

  • How safe are Paragliders (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 DHV 1 one or standard rated glider that will continue to fly without pilot input.

  • 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 us before making equipment decisions.

  • Where can I fly the Power Paraglider?

Anywhere that is not populated with a lot of houses or people. They are also prohibited within 5 miles from an airport.

  • Is the Power Paraglider safe?

As all air sports, it has it's risky aspect, but as the pilot hangs from an open parachute, this makes it inherently safer than all other airplanes.

  • 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 10 mph and morning and late afternoon flying. The mid-day skies are generally too rough to enjoy this type of flying. 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 airplane 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 on 1 foot in certain wind conditions. There is no other aircraft in the world that can do this!

  • How do you transport the Power Paraglider?

Our Powered Paragliders break down in very small packages and can fit in the average car trunk. This break down takes 5 minutes and can be reassembled in 5 minutes.

  • How long from the time I get to my take off site does it take to set and launch?

Anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes.

  • What other names are the Power Paraglider called?

PPG, Powered paragliding; paramotoring (common name in Europe). Paraglider: Wing, glider, chute

  • How do I get started if I want to fly a Power Paraglider?

It is vital that you have the right combination of paramotor and glider tailored to suit your body weight. Safety is paramount and training is imperative. Always ensure when buying a paramotor that you will receive professional training from qualified instructors.

  • What does the equipment cost both new and used?

The difference between New and Used is not that significant. Buying used has numerous drawbacks. (example: the paraglider is UV sensitive and has a life span) and the chance of inheriting major problems is always there but not that visible. Its just not worth the risk.

 
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