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 28: Accessories

Jan 15, 2007 | Section V: Choosing Gear | Phone Apps | PPG Communications | Reserve Parachutes

The basic accessories are covered in Chapter 2. This chapter fills in the blanks enough to allow for an informed buying choice. A lot can be attached, carried or used in conjunction with our craft but some things add more risk than utility, either by adding distraction or by yearning for the propeller. Remember, anything that can go through the prop, will go through the prop. Add carefully.

A reserve parachute is a safety accessory, like a helmet, that can save your life. It also adds a minute amount of risk from accidental deployment and increases your rig's weight. The additional material here will help you make an informed choice.

Other accessories, especially those developed since the book's publication date, will be covered in more detail.  Some items, specifically made for powered paragliding, weren't available when the first PPG Bible was published, but are covered thoroughly in The PPG Bible≤. New material that comes out later will be included here.

Light Wind Indicators

2015-10-16 Windsocks and Tell Tale (very sensitive streamers, usually) are an important part of our goodie bag. But one idea, from Tim Kaiser, stands out for really light wind. It turns out that, during launch, the wind up at wing height is sufficiently different from the ground to cause problems, even if it's only 1 mph. So how to know that wind?

A long pole and super lightweight streamers, or a windsock designed to indicate really light winds works. But you need to put them atop such a really long pole which is awkward to transport.

Here's another approach:

1. $6 Mylar helium balloon from a party store. Get a couple in case you pop one.

2. $40 small tank of helium/air mix (apparently you don't buy pure helium easily). Before you go to the field, top off the now-faded balloon from your tank.

3. Tape really lightweight streamers (VHS tape works great) to the bottom of the balloon and tie the balloon's tail to your windsock pole. Since accidentally letting go of the balloon during handling means its gone forever, tie a heavy bolt to the very end of its line.

As you can see at right, it works brilliantly. You can put it up at whatever height you'd like, too.


This is an important category and we've done some research. Enough information has been gleaned to put together reliable gear that can be either purchased here or pieced together yourself using the equipment recommended here.

Emergency Locating Device

For pilots who do cross country flying, especially in areas remote enough not to have cell phone coverage, there is a device that could prove life-saving. The Spot Satellite Personal Tracker can send a message to any phone number from almost anywhere in the world.

Since it relies only on Satellites, the reliability is quite high. It continuously monitors your GPS position and will send that information along with any emergency contact request.

There may be other places to buy the unit, but we've been told about Cabela's Outdoor Outfitter.


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