Should I get trained?

The WPPA has several members who are flight instructors. Some instructors can teach you how to fly a powered parachute (PPC).  Other instructors specialize in powered paraglider (PPG).

If you just want to experience being up in a powered parachute, some of these pilots can also give you a ride. On a calm day, they'll take you up in the back seat for around 15 to 20 minutes. 

Last point: Get the proper training!!! This cannot be emphasized enough! Even though some people do with less training, take the time to learn what you're getting into.  Good instructors will help you learn the pre-flight safety checks, weather, motor maintenance, wing/motor selection to fit your size and all-up weight, airport expectations, terminology and etiquette, FAA safety regulations, emergency procedures and much more.

There are many different prices for training to fly solo, but expect to pay anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000, depending on your location, training materials, instructor, etc. to get you to either the single-seat level (ultralight PPC) or the two-seat level (where you can take passengers), in which case you will need a sport pilot license.

So, what are you waiting for! Take that first step to fulfilling that dream of flight you've always had. It's like nothing else you've experienced!


Training Curriculum

What should my training include?  This can vary greatly but here is a list of the basics:

  • Ground Handling (aka "kiting") and understanding your wing
  • Takeoffs and Landings (possibly with tow rope instruction)
  • Areodynamics: lift, drag and angle of attack
  • Choosing your flying location: obstacles, size, residential respect, people
  • Motor and Propeller: thrust, torque and maintenance
  • Weather and Wind
  • Safety and Risk Assessment
  • Airports and Airspaces
  • Law and Regulations
  • Common Sense: DBAD (look it up)
  • Equipment
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Trips and Navigation

Local Trainers

Thankfully, we have some good local trainers for you to choose from.