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:: Learning to fly ::

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

There are only three methods of flight using a Paraglider ram-air Wing as follows;

(1) Paraglider Free Flight (PG):

Paragliding 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.

(2) Powered Paragliding (PPG):

There are just over 3'000 accredited PPG pilots legal Flying in Australia using a small engine, an engine does NOT make you fly any faster, it only allows a pilot to maintain altitude and flight direction.

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 PPG or WPPG package deal from Australian Powered Paragliders, you 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.

(3) Wheeled Powered Paragliding (WPPG):

Wheeled launch paragliding is growing popular 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), was predominately a Foot-launch Training organisation, that after 5 years of being behind the rest of the world, has finally written a direct through training course for Wheeled Powered Paragliding (WPPG), where overseas it is commonly a 4 day training course, like in the USA.

The Recreational Aviation Australia (www.RAA.asn.au) also offers a direct Wheel based Flight Training course.

We recommend all new WPPG pilots use our wheeled LowBoy-II QUAD, we recently started manufacturing a Wheeled Trike that weighs only 13.6kg (30lb), this unit is ONLY for Experienced pilots, it is NOT recommended for students or novices entering our sport for recreational flights, all TRIKE's with a single front wheel are inherently far more unstable whilst on the ground preparing to launch, once in the air their is little difference between the two, other than weight and aerodynamics.

Many Quad pilots utilise there additional forward space and frame to carry there fishing, shooting, camping equipment, and many farmers are starting to realise the potential of locating stock or Vernon etc., some pilots build custom storage box where the passenger seat usually sits.

The above three types of paraglider flight, all are covered here in detail.

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