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
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
Much closer to home, Michigan pilot
Mark Deseck of
www.PPGSimulator.com 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.