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

Knowledge is power. The power to survive, thrive, improve, and to excel. This section is devoted to that end. Most of the material stands on its own but it all builds on what is contained in the Powered Paragliding Bible.

Are you starting powered paragliding? Know that quality training is your best defense against what turns out to be a risky first few hours. Although certification is an important tool in choosing your trainer, there are others of equal or greater importance to judge the quality of what you sign up for.

Below are all the section headings, chapter names and some of the supplemental material provided on FootFlyer. Two Chapters appear here that are not in the book, 34 Places to Fly and 35 Preserving the Sport.

Info Organization

The Powered Paragliding Bible is laid out in Sections, as shown below. So, too, is this web resource. PPG Bible Table of Contents,

Section I: First Flight

What you can expect when first getting into the sport. A quick overview of the gear, what to look for in schools and then exactly what you need to know for that first flight.

Section II: Spreading Your Wings

Once you set out on your own, this knowledge will help keep you safe and welcome in the national airspace system. Plus it helps expand into other areas such as formation flying, cross country and, most importantly, maintaining your gear.

Section III: Mastering The Sport

Many pilots like to advance beyond basic flying around. Section III helps while pointing the various risks that you face.

You'll also learn about competition and free flight. It's especially useful for those transitioning from free flight to motors.

Section IV: Theory & Understanding

You'll fly even without understanding aerodynamics but it helps. Same goes for the more thorough treatment of weather and motor dynamics. The history chapter is just plain interesting.

Section V: Choosing Gear

After learning to fly, pilots frequently sometimes want to buy different gear. These chapters help make informed decisions, including what to buy for home building.

Section VI: Getting the Most Out of PPG

The uses can be surprising! Also help preserve the sport by flying in a manner that won't draw too much attention. You have to know when to show off and when not to show off.

Chapters beyond 32 are only on


A handy reference for communicating turbulence is the Bump Scale. Articles here and in the book use it.

Also, brake positions are given as numbers from 0 to 5. Notice that the foream does not exceed vertical until going beyond position 4.

Low hook-in machines tend to have lower relative positions but should be adjusted to maintain sufficient brake authority.

As described in the book, it's better to fly using brake pressure, rather than position, but pressure is hard to show. Some wings may require 3 pounds of pressure to get to position 1 while others require double that.



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