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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 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, we fell many Australia CFI are price gouging new pilots by unnecessary extending the 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!

We 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 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 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 box fit where the passenger seat usually sits.

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.

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 paragliding covered here.

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