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

--- Not in book ---

33 Organizing Fly-Ins

34 Places To Fly

35 Preserving the Sport

36 Tandem

Shipping A Paramotor: Violation

June 07, 2014 | Supplement to Section II, Chapter 8: Common Sense & The Law | Chapter 31 Traveling

June 07, 2014 It's always been a crap shoot to check paramotors on airliners but even I didn't realize how bad it could be.

A pilot had shipped his paramotor for an overseas adventure and when he got back the paramotor arrived sans its engine. Then, some weeks later a letter arrived from the FAA. They were handing him a noose.

The letter (shown below) asked for information "about a potential violation of 49 CFR Section 171-178" and further said that the paramotor engine is regulated and should have been presented as "Engines, internal combustion, flammable liquid powered, Class 9, UN3166". The letter was redacted to remove information that could identify the pilot. He was gracious enough to let me publicize this affair so others could learn from it.

I recommended an aviation attorney in this case, especially since he has a regular pilot's license. Hopefully I'll get updates and share what happens. He gave me permission to share his story.

The most obvious takeaway is don't check paramotors as luggage. I've advised people to take the motor apart so it can justifiably be called parts but this episode makes me even wonder about that.

Stay tuned.

2014-June 15 Chris, the pilot who helped pack this engine, offered some details. He explained that they cleaned and packed the engine separate from the frame, using the same box the engine was originally shipped in. Chris added that he had a similar problem with a chain saw in about 2012. One TSA returned it to the airline for pickup by Fed Ex. It all depends on the individuals involved.

As an aside, if there are fumes or liquid gasoline, like in the carb, it *IS* hazardous materials (HAZMAT) and cannot even be shipped via Fedex without acknowledging that fact. It may still be able to be shipped but at a much higher cost.



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