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

Chapter 1: The Training Process

Jan 15, 2007 | Section I First Flight

How was my Training?  A Good Instructor  Towing  PPG Simulator  Towing

Much of Chapter 1 describes the process you'll encounter along the way toward becoming a competent paramotor pilot along with minimums that you should look for.

The PPG Bible does not address cost because it is such a moving target. However, this article gives you a realistic look at what you'll spend while providing a downloadable spreadsheet to plug in your own numbers.

The most important thing you can do for yourself is to get good instruction. Anyone can declare themselves an instructor so make sure they are at least certified by USPPA/USUA or USHPA. Even better is that they come recommended by a responsible, trusted pilot. There are a few great instructors that aren't yet certified but it is up to you to research them more thoroughly. Instructing carries significant risk to the student and we've learned a lot about how to minimize that risk.

There are benefits in going to a local part-timer and different benefits from traveling to a full-time school or paying someone to come to your locale. Regardless of your path, ask to use a nationally recognized syllabus (USPPA/USUA or USHPA with additional power material). The USPPA/USUA has one where the student and instructor both initial each area so nothing gets missed.

How Does My Training Stack Up?

March 17, 2006 | Read "How was (is) my Training"

Training Alert (Instructors/Schools/Scams to avoid ).

It is unfortunate, but training is one of the most hazardous portions of a pilot's flying life. More so in our sport because sometimes students experience their first-ever flight as pilot-in-command. That is a tragedy.

After watching the sport since early 1999 and noticing where the accidents happen, it has become apparent there is significant room for safety improvements in the training arena. USPPA has done a lot but it will only help if instructors adhere to the recommended syllabus and practices.

I have learned a lot from our long-time instructors who have been teaching for years. Basically, they have seen it all. So I have been compiling material that will become a short book just for instructors, both new and old: The Powered Paraglider Instructor Manual. 

Any good instructor who wants to improve will consider different techniques as merely tools of the trade. The more tools at their disposal, the more effective they can be when faced with various learning styles. As a professional instructor in airplanes, I found that what worked well for some students, puzzled others. The challenge was finding what worked best and the same is oh-so-true in powered paragliding. 

This coming book will aim to share the wealth of knowledge and techniques that I have used and seen used over and over for teaching new pilots how to safely fly powered paragliders. Moreover, it will present techniques for teaching that will reduce the risk inherent in the process.

Priorities & Rehearsal

You're getting tossed around due to unexpected turbulence. The wing surges way forward. What do you do? If the reaction has not been rehearsed, count on doing it wrong! Rehearsal with distraction is key. Pilots have consistently shown that, in the heat of the moment, they will react improperly unless they have previously rehearsed the correct reactions to a given situation.

Airline experience has proven this fact with tragic consequences but airlines have changed accordingly to recognize human limitationsóchanges that have been immensely successful. Our training can benefit from their experience.

Real improvements in paramotor safety, especially the training phase, will only come with realistic improvements to training methods and equipment.

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