So what is powerchuting anyway?

In short, it's a way to become airborne, without having to mortgage the house or taking out extra life insurance. The major advantage lies in the ease with which almost anyone can learn to soar through the skies.

Nothing complicated is involved in flying a powered parachute. At first, the canopy is laid out behind the craft. The pilot then gets into the seat and buckles up the safety harness. By pulling the throttle back gently and moving the craft forward, the canopy lifts and fills with air. When it is directly overhead and fully inflated, the craft takes off. Altitude is controlled by increasing or decreasing power to the throttle. After that, the pilot can steer directionally by pushing on the rudder foot pedals. To land, the throttle simply has to be pushed forward slowly to ensure a gradual descent to the ground.