1) Wheeled Powered Paragliding (WPPG):
Wheeled launch paragliding is growing popular due to it's inherent safety, and with older, less able or simply pilots not wanting to Carry or Land with 25~30+kg of equipment inc. fuel on their backs.
The Hand Gliders Federation Australia (www.HGFA.acn.au), is a Flight Training organisation, that unfortunately took the board over 5 years to Finally write a direct through training syllabus for Wheeled Powered Paragliding (WPPG).
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, it is commonly felt that many Australia CFI are price gouging new pilots by unnecessary extending the 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 several CFI entice new pilots to hire there equipment during flight training, thus the new pilots have to pay over $7'000 for flight training & equipment hire!
It is highly recommend 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 will save thousands of dollars on training cost.
Due to demand, we recently started manufacturing a 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.