Powered Paragliding (PPG)
A Powered Paraglider (PPG) is an ultra-light flying machine that allows you to fly from just about anywhere with few governmental restrictions. You assume all the risk and the rules protect those on the ground not you. That freedom, however, makes it the cheapest way to experience flight and will change your perspective on vacationing forever.
Paraglider setups include a Wing, Motor and Harness combinations. Typically, setups run from $10-15K making it more affordable than most if not all other means of flying.
No licenses or certifications are technically required but everyone will tell you to get trained! Be safe. Be smart. This is your life here,
You can take off and land on just about any large green space. Smaller spaces as you get better. Soccer fields good (baseball fields not so much), private land with permission, all airports assuming you know the rules and limitations. Avoid power lines and obstacles on the field.
In the air flying can take place in many places. Get outside the city. Stay outside of airspaces. National Parks (and most State Parks) are off limits. Heights are generally 500-1000 feet. Over farm fields at harvest time is good. Along rivers gives you a path to follow back home. You must always have an emergency landing zone identified in your mind. You do not want to land in water or even a grove of super-soft mangrove trees.
- Sometimes the wing is called a kite.
- Sometimes the whole thing is called a "Paramotor."
- Paraglider is a perfectly good description of everything except understand that not all paragliding is "powered paragliding."