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

What's Out There?

Air Traffic Flows. by Adam Bell, adapted for Footflyer by Jeff Goin 2007-Nov-27

If you fly high, look out. A surprising amount of air traffic zips through airspace that we are allowed to use. Making matters worse is that we probably only see a fraction of the airplanes that pass within a mile of us.  You can almost count on it that they won't see you in time to do anything useful so the best practice is avoiding airplane flight paths. Besides, FAR 103 obligates us to stay out of the way of all certified aircraft.

Adam Bell recently attended a meeting that included Phoenix area airspace users and air traffic controllers. The graphic at right shows how much traffic there was and how much of it flew near popular PPG sites. Blue lines depict flights leaving Sky Harbor (PHX) and the magenta lines are departures from Williams Gateway (IWA). Many cross over or near the popular flying site at 60th and Idaho, just east of IWA.

Once an aircraft exits the B airspace lateral boundaries, it accelerates to 250 knots—that's about 300 mph at 5000 feet MSL. If you see anything, it will only be the last few helpless seconds of life. All the more reason to avoid flying in these tracks even though it might be legal to do so.

Flying high can be fun but be extra careful and choose your area carefully.

Flight tracks of airplanes during one full day. Blue are from Phoenix Sky Harbor and magenta are from Williams Gateway.

Courtesy the Phoenix Terminal Radar Approach CONtrol (TRACON), Arizona Flight Training Workgroup and Adam Bell.

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