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

The New ABC's

Know the latest where of your nearby airspace | Airspace

An envelope recently arrived from the FAA. The last time it was a grant of exemption (tandems) so letters from the FAA aren't all bad. Thankfully, this one was only mildly bad--sort of a two-edged sword for me.

The contents described a proposed change to the Chicago Class B airspace that overlies my house and flying areas. They want to extend it both west and east. The easterly addition won't have much affect since it's way out over lake Michigan, but the western part will (new areas marked in blue on the chart at right). For most paramotorists, it won't matter much. But for those who like to do thermaling out west it will cap their flights to 4000 feet MSL. That sucks. Summertime clouds frequently rise above 4000 feet MSL.

Admittedly, I've had a sum total of two flights that would have been affected by the change and still relish the degree of freedom we have.

Flying airliners around the area gives me another perspective, too. On numerous occasions, while guiding the 737 away from Midway airport, I've found myself below the B airspace because O'Hare controllers didn't have room to vector everybody. Guess who got left out in the cold with? Yup, Midway departures. Of course I'm looking out for stray paramotorists and other ultralights but I'm going 230 mph.  They can be perfectly legally out there, at 3000 feet (I've been there personally) putsing around playing nylon pylon.

So my hope is that the trade-off to accepting this airspace change (as if we really have much choice) is being able to insure better separation between business and pleasure aloft.

The chart at right shows what's changing in Chicago.

Although this change affects Chicago, we must all be aware that such changes happen frequently all over the country. Stay on top of the airspace in your local area, too, so we continue to be allowed such easy access to the vast majority of our glorious land.

Blue areas represent the area being appended to Chicago's Class B airspace. No date is set but expect the change in 2009.

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