Educational by Chapter of the Powered Paragliding Bible

I: First Flight

01 Training Process

02 Gearing Up

03 Handling the Wing

04 Prep For 1st Flight

05 The Flight

06 Flying With Wheels 

II: Spreading Wings

07 Weather Basics

08 The Law

09 Airspace   

10 Flying Anywhere

11 Controlled Airports

12 Setup & Mx

13 Flying Cross Country

14 Flying With Others

III: Mastery

15 Adv Ground Handling

16 Precision Flying

17 Challenging Sites

18 Advanced Maneuvers

19 Risk Management

20 Competition

21 Free Flight Transition

IV: Theory

22 Aerodynamics

23 Motor & Propeller

24 Weather & Wind

25 Roots: Our History

V: Choosing Gear

26 The Wing

27 The Motor Unit

28 Accessories

29 Home Building

VI: Getting the Most

30 Other Uses

31 Traveling With Gear

32 Photography

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33 Organizing Fly-Ins

34 Places To Fly

35 Preserving the Sport

36 Tandem

Ultimate Simulator

The best training aid for powered paragliding is a good simulator

When you get training, among the most important tools is rehearsing reactions to various situations, and the best way to do that is with a sufficiently realistic simulator. Ideally it would have working brakes and moving risers but, unfortunately, few instructors have such an advanced tool.

The reason for such a simulator is so you can rehearse doing D-riser turns, big ears, feeling brake pull, knowing where the A's are and a dozen other things. Of course it's even less likely that you'll have anything to look at besides your instructor's mug as he talks you through various maneuvers and you show your proper responses.

Now, though, there is more to see.

Canadian Christian Bultman, who speaks fluent German, found this tidbit about a fellow who built a visual PPG simulator. He's got a harness, frame and computer running flight simulator software flying a PPG. Of course his web page is in German but you'll get the idea. Here is a YouTube video.

Much closer to home, Michigan pilot Mark Deseck of  has done the same thing and is now selling some parts to ease the process for anybody else wanting to build one. It may not be as fun as the real thing but it sure will be a lot warmer in winter!

I have to say, Mark's project looks really cool and could be a great training aid. Can't wait to try it sometime.

Creator Mark Deseck shows off the flying position.

© 2016 Jeff Goin & Tim Kaiser   Remember: If there's air there, it should be flown in!