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
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.
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 FootFlyer.com.
A handy reference for communicating turbulence is the
Bump Scale. Articles here and in the book use
Also, brake positions are given as numbers from 0 to 5. Notice that the
foream does not exceed vertical until going beyond
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.