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
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
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