Portland Powerchutes was founded in 1996 by Bud Simpson. Our
commitment to our customers is to be the premier provider of
unbiased information on Powered Parachuting. We also supply
equipment and products and offer a Solo Flight Program for
I started flying in 1976 in the Air Force Aero Club. After 9
years and a lot of dollars I became a licensed private pilot. I
soon found that driving around in a small plane was not really
what I had in mind for flying. It's safer, faster and cheaper to
I owned a two seat Ultralight for a couple of years and it was
much closer to the type of flying I wanted to do. Still, I had to
keep my plane at an airport, as well as deal with the extra
expense and hassle that go along with flying from an airport. Even
though my plane had been advertised as being portable, in reality
no plane is portable if it has a ridged wing as they are very hard
to transport without damage.
What I wanted was an affordable aircraft that I could keep at
home, take to any farm field and fly, then pack it up and go home
without anyone's help. When I discovered Powered Parachutes, I
knew that this was what I had been looking for.
There is no doubt in my mind that a Powerchute is the most
affordable and easily operated aircraft in the world. More
importantly, it is also the safest.
I am certain that the Powered Parachute will someday be known
as the Aerial Recreational Vehicle (ARV) of the aviation industry.
Bud Simpson - President of Portland Powerchutes
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