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:: Learning to fly a Paraglider in Australia ::

Now more than ever before the dream of flying is within reach of the average person.

The 3 methods of Paraglider flight are;

Wheeled launch paragliding is growing popular due to it's inherent safety, and with older, less able or simply people/pilots Not wanting to Carry or Land with 20~30+kg of fuel & equipment on their backs !

The Hand Gliders Federation Australia (www.HGFA.acn.au), is currently the main Flight Training organisation, that took the board over 5 years to Finally write a training syllabus for Wheeled Powered Paragliding (WPPG), there was/is an issues with a Direct through course, ask your Trainer for more information!

In Europe & USA, WPPG is commonly a 4 day training course, as there is nowhere near as much to learn, as with foot launch training. Our Quad (to the right) has a simple roll/cockpit safety frame.

Many newcomer & pilots commonly felt that many Australia CFI's/Schools are price gouging new pilots, by unnecessary extending the US standard 4 day WPPG training course, out to 14 days!

The Recreational Aviation Australia (www.RAA.asn.au) also offers a direct Wheel based Flight Training course, But again be aware, we have been informed some CFI entice new pilots to hire there equipment during flight training, thus some new pilots have paid out over $7'000 for flight training & equipment hire!

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We highly recommend all new WPPG pilots purchase & use there own Wheeled Equipment for flight training, and if a CFI is not capable of training a New pilot on our equipment, they should not be attempting to train you in the first place!  Shop around and you could save thousands of dollars on training costs alone.

NB: Due to demand from experienced pilots, we recently started manufacturing a NEW LowBoy Trike that weighs only 13.6kg (30lb).

Please Note: We do NOT recommend Students or Novices entering our sport, use a Trike for Flight Training, as Trike's are inherently NOT as stable as a Quad !

Trike's should be flown by an Experienced pilots, largely due to TRIKE's only have a single front wheel, so inherently they are far more unstable whilst on the ground, preparing to launch or land, however once in the air their is little difference between the two, other than weight and aerodynamics.

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Some LowBoy Quad pilots utilise there additional forward space to fit a cargo box for there fishing, shooting & camping equipment, farmers are starting to realise the low cost potential of being able to locating stock or vernon etc.. Custom storage boxes can be built & fitted where the passenger seat usually sits, many pilots use the front seat to temporarily store there Wing whilst taxiing back to or from there vehicle.

Imagine sitting on your motorbike and flying atop the Trees, that is what if feels like!

This is the same flight method as above, But with the use of an Engine it makes flying a lot easier and more enjoyable, there are only around 3'000 accredited PPG pilots legally flying in Australia.

An engine does NOT make you fly faster, it only allows a pilot to maintain level flight and gain altitude.

PPG flight is fun, easy, and you can fly in any direction, unlike PG flight, where you are controlled by wind & thermals.

When you purchase a package deal from Australian Powered Paragliders, you will only need to source a CFI to obtain flight training and accreditation.

Direct through PPG training courses takes 7~14 days to complete, this largely depending on Weather, Location and your existing Aviation skills, to gain standard PPG training and certification, the costs vary from $1'800~$3'500 depending on the CFI you choose.  Advanced PPG courses like Cross Country and Acrobatics (Acro) etc. are available via most advanced CFI trainers or PPG Schools with advanced instructors.

Again, we highly recommend all new PPG pilots purchase & use there own Equipment for flight training, and if a CFI is not capable of training a New pilot on our equipment, they should not be attempting to train you in the first place!  Shop around and you could save thousands of dollars on training costs alone.

PG is un-powered flight and is the oldest and purest type of paraglider flight, you can undertake a beginner rating inc. flights for around $500, training should be done by a Chief Flight Instructor (CFI), after completing your beginner rating and you wish to become a full fledged paraglider pilot, a full foot launch PG flight training course costs approx. $1'500 depending on the CFI, this is a 5~9 day training course that should include 12 month HGFA student membership, and should include the use of PG equipment as part of your training certification.  Once you have logged/completed 20hrs of free flight you may be given the option to return for a FREE Powered Paraglider (PPG) certification test.

Getting PG training first is considered the safest method of training as you get a better understanding of how a wing reacts to wind & thermals etc.

There's more information on Learning paragliding covered here.

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