Answers to your questions

How is the chute inflated?

The canopy of the powerchute is laid out on the ground behind the craft and the pilot buckles into the seat . The pilot now starts the engine and steadily moves the throttle forward. The combination of forward motion, the wind (if any) and the propeller blast forces air into the cells of the canopy. It lifts off the ground, takes on the shape of an aerodynamic wing and positions itself directly overhead. As soon as the crafts lifts off the pilot only has to push throttle forward or back to increase or decrease altitude.

 

Does the craft require more than one person to launch it?

No. If there is very little or no wind, the pilot can use the method described above to lay out and launch. In somewhat windier conditions it is necessary to pull the steering lines all the way in, thereby keeping the wind from the leading edge. This prevents the chute from inflating until the pilot is set to go.

 

Does wind speed have an effect on flying conditions?

Beginners can fly in steady winds of less than 10mph. Experienced pilots can utilize conditions of up to 15 mph. Gusting conditions are associated with higher wind speeds. These exaggerate the rocking motion of the powerchute, which makes for a more uncomfortable flight and a rocky landing. Also, winds tend to get stronger as the altitude increases and the powerchute practically turns into a "hovercraft" at 26mph headwinds.

 

How is the craft steered?

On the ground the craft is controlled with a single hand stick, which turns the front wheel left or right. In the air turning the craft is achieved by means of a steering line, which is attached to a rudder tube. Pushing on the foot pedals of the rudder deflects the rear of the canopy, creating drag and turning the canopy and craft in the desired direction. The pilot's hands remain free, unless the throttle is used to adjust the altitude. The craft always remains very stable, as the weight suspended below the canopy acts as a pendulum, which compensates for any extreme directional movement.

 

Is the craft easy to land?

To land, the pilot simply has to move the craft to face into the wind. By gradually pushing the throttle forward, it slowly loses altitude until it reaches the ground. The smoothness of the landing depends mainly on the speed of the prevailing winds.

 

Could the powerchute stall easily?

It is virtually impossible for the airspeed of the craft to fall below the minimum required to maintain lift and forward momentum, with or without power. The powered parachute is known as a constant airspeed vehicle.

 

How long can the craft fly on the 5 gallons of fuel allowed?

The factors that determine flight time are weather conditions and the weight of the pilot. If there is no wind, a 175 lb. pilot will average 1:50 hours using a standard chute and 2:10 with a high performance chute.

 

How is the powerchute transported?

The fully assembled craft can be nosed into the back of a full or mini-sized pickup. A lightweight trailer is also suitable. There is no need for partial assembly and dismantling of the craft, each time the pilot wishes to fly.

 

Is there an age limit for flying a powered parachute?

Pilots are limited only by physical size, maturity and fitness level when it comes to flying a powerchute. There is no maximum or minimum age requirement and pilot ages have ranged from mature 12-year olds to youngsters aged 75

 

 

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