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 2: Gearing Up

Jan 15, 2007 | Section I First Flight | Financial Cost of PPG   Suspension (Harness) Systems

The gear is simple but the choices are daunting. We've done reviews to give you some minimal guidance but, for your first foray into the sport, it's far, far better to go with what your chosen instructor is familiar with. Having said that, it's good to be informed that is our mission.

This chapter is a quick overview for the new student just getting started. More details appear in Section V.

As new information comes out and gear changes, some of those improvements will be added here. For example, one area of constant evolution is communication. A section in equipment reviews has been added to explore the many options and, where possible, to review them in actual flight tests.

Instrumentation is another area that has enjoyed innovation. Although we pride ourselves on simplicity, sometimes a bit of information can prevent costly mistakes such as how a cylinder head temperature guage can warn of impending engine melt down.

Entire chapters of the Powered Paragliding Bible are devoted to what trade-offs come in wings, motors and various accessories but sometimes we can present more details and more timely details here on FootFlyer. The discussion of radios is a good example.

Also, equipment reviews provide a look at many current products along with an assessment on performance, comfort, construction and other criteria.

Here are quick links to descriptions various equipment.

Wings (26), Motors (27), Accessories (28), Good Communications (28)

How Much Will it Cost?

It's definitely the cheapest form of powered aviation, at least that you get to go up with. Like almost anything we do, it's cheaper per hour if you do it a lot. There's no hangar, insurance is cheap (if you get it at all) and it's among the most fuel thrifty ways to fly. Only powered hang gliders (not trikes) use less fuel per hour.

Here is a complete breakdown of all the costs involved with flying powered paragliders.

Basic description of the parts of a powered paraglider. Tim Kaiser is pictured flying a clutch-equipped Top 80 Sky Cruiser.

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