What's New in PPG Bible 4
From first sight to first flight and way, WAY beyond!
The world's most complete guide to Powered Paragliding just got
This is our most important update so far, with large parts re-written, improved,
and with better illustrations added. New or revised content reflects current
technology and training methods. It is the first time that page counts
have been redistributed, putting content where it's needed more.
Clarity and focus were a major goal so, by using easy-to-understand 3D
illustrations we were able to clarify airspace while
reducing its page count by four.
Those additional four pages were put to good use in Chapter 3: Handling the Wing and Chapter 26:
Choosing a Wing. Repetitive information, still present for convenience,
has been reduced to make room for more, better and bigger illustrations
along with relevant text.
There are six sections that, before, started
with a grayscale stylized image. Each one now starts with a full color,
high res photo -- it's just more fun this way.
Chapter 1: Now
includes better information about towing, its risks, its benefits, and
what to look for if offered. It also adds more about the throttle
simulator. It has been made more concise which allowed adding an
"Instructor Scoresheet" to help when looking for an instructor or
Chapter 2: Gearing up was heavily revised to reflect some of the
innovations. Standard risers are retained and marked for easier reading
while the more complex reflex risers were moved back to the expanded Chapter 26
where they really belong. Phone apps are included. A kiting harness
guide was added in one convenient place. Instruments were updated to
reflect what's more commonly seen.
Chapter 3 and 5 are the most important chapters in the book for new
pilots and have been dramatically improved, including entirely new
sequences of photos to clarify the processes. Photos are bigger, too, with
graphics right on them so readers don't have to go back and forth
to text as much.
The top three inflation methods are shown instead of only 1.
These are most commonly being taught for forward launching in light winds.
It illustrates and describes the how and why. The
section on reverse inflations has been redone, too. Again, much larger images
make it easier to see what's going on.
Information has been added or made more relevant regarding the
differences in handling and launching smaller wings.
Chapter 4 has been made a bit more concise and had some image
Chapter 6 shows more wheeled options that are now commonly
available including the 4-stroke options. Better illustrations have been
used to show balancing. An illustrated crosswind launch makes the
technique obvious. Readers will at least understand how
An improved illustration has been used to show how the two different
types of A-Assists work.
Chapter 7 added what to look for in a phone application.
Chapter 8 has very minor changes to improve ease of reading.
Chapter 9 has been completely revamped into a shorter but more
concise read with better illustrations. Way better. It also references
phone apps for being able to get free charts, at least in the U.S.
That somewhat confusing chart with Chicago's B & C airspace has been
replaced with one showing a cut-way. We used the 3D software and
photoshop to make it obvious how the charted airspace translates to
reality. Arrows from the text help find what's being referenced.
Transition areas, Surface Area of E Airspace and G airspace up to
14,500' are now as clearly illustrated here as they were in the Airspace
Video. In spite of this Chapter having 4 fewer pages (it's still got
10), it's more informative than before.
Chapter 10 needed only minor updates. It was made more concise
which allowed for larger images.
Chapter 11 got several improved illustrations and text that
should help clarify what's expected of pilots flying into controlled
Chapter 12 was a big revision starting with images that were
made appropriately bigger for clarity. Anti-torque vanes were added as
one advancement that could be used against torque effects. A picture and basic
description of how flash starters work is included.
Cover photo by Wesley Woo.
Considerations for installing a steerable reserve were added.
The troubleshooting guide of Chapter 12 has been updated and
improved. You'll get a kick out of the final solution to
one particularly thorny problem. It's in line with a slight increase in
levity elsewhere -- just couldn't resist.
Chapter 16 includes a
new illustration and description for "Finessing the Climb."
18 has new pictures and more concise text on Advanced Maneuvers.
There is a great illustration that shows surge and retreats (porpoises)
along with where and what the risks are. Text is right on the
illustration so you don't need to go back and forth.
has, among other things, a new illustration on the "Downwind Demon" that
is based on the animations done for Master Powered Paragliding 3. It
clarifies visually the difference between flight path and ground track.
Chapter 20 has been revised with new photos and the demonstration
competitions like Parabatix.
Chapter 21 now includes
illustrations of the primary differences between motor and free flight reverse launch techniques and
how to brake both sides of the wing using these techniques.
has a cool new engine cutaway illustration, with pointers to its parts.
Room was made by eliminating the duplicate description of "Suck,
Squeeze, Bang & Blow" in the illustration since that text is already in
the main body.
A picture and explanation has been added on flash
The torque section has been completely redone with a chart
that shows and describes each of the main twisting forces and its
relative effect. This chart was built for the book and featured in an
issue of Cross Country Magazine.
An illustration of the irrelevant "P
Factor" has been added, mostly to show why it's irrelevant on paramotors
and actually is trying to oppose the other forces.
received a major revision, especially since we added 2 more pages. The loading chart
now reflects the new reality of smaller wings. An entire sequence is shown on how
advanced risers work, with arrows showing how their pulleys work when
various controls are used. We clarify how these modern marvels provide
so many control options and how manufacturers use
different techniques to reach a design goal.
Speed wings get a half-page
including some graphics. One graphic wonderfully illustrates how even a
"beginner" speed wing, when heavily loaded, has dynamic handling fit
only for experts.
A super simple and clear illustration shows the two
primary ways that wing makers let pilots speed up their wares.
fairly typical reflex riser illustration has been improved showing where
the various controls go on a wing. It's bigger and color coded for
Chapter 27 also got a lot of new pictures and
text starting with a motor, hanging magically in mid-air, that shows
torque-opposing cage vanes. Hang points and the effect of pivot point is
better shown. The section on "A Better Paramotor" is updated to include
the availability of SafeStart.
Chapter 28 has been updated to
reflect the role of smart phones as an accessory, how they can be used
cheaply, and suggesting app types that are most helpful.
now includes camera drones as tools to consider for aerial photography.
There are MANY other revisions and quite a
few corrections. The entire book was gone through this time thanks to
the enormous help of Tim Kaiser who has made it much better. He not only
helped improve the content but prevented many errors. There will still
be some, there always are, but there should be fewer of them.
Million Dollar Press
Every edition, including this one, is printed
on a million dollar 6-color press and laminated so we decided to make
the six Section covers full color pictures. They're beautiful. They were
previously done with grey scales. It makes it that much more enjoyable
to look through.
The cover is very slightly thinner and glossier with a better
laminate. Although the page count is identical it is slightly thinner
for easier shipping. Coated paper, as with previous editions, was used
for a nice look. It is still a "perfect bound" build.
Thanks for your support!
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