30: Other Uses
Jan 17, 2007 | Section
VI: Getting the Most Out of PPG |
Search & Rescue
OK, we can't make an airline
out of it but we can put it to good use occasionally. The beauty of
which is that we can have fun at the
same time. As if we need reason.
Beware—whenever our primary focus is
moved from the flying, risk goes up dramatically which is why pilots
should be highly skilled and experienced before attempting other
purposes. Of course that depends on what you're doing, but even simple
tasks will divert attention from a pilot's normal routine.
For example, search and
rescue usually doesn't involve much extra gear or unusual flying, but
the external focus diverts attention from looking for wires, minding
safe landing zones and fuel-remaining awareness.
With that understanding,
pilots can engage other activities as covered in the PPG Bible and here
with only slightly more risk than their regular flying.
This section adds information
that is not in the book due to its changing nature or it came out after
the book was published.
with a Streamer
Although this is covered in
the book, it's abbreviated coverage. USPPA Instructor Had Robinson has a
about deploying very long streamers from the air. This method has some
advantages if you don't mind launching with a bag full of streamer.
My preferred method is what
banner towers use and what's shown in video 3 -- they peel it off the ground
by picking up the leading portion first so it doesn't drag. But if you
want to take the banner somewhere or climb with it a long way, there's a
LOT less drag to be had by using some sort of deployment bag. That's a
lot of what Had describes along with appropriate cautions.
Paramotor / Ultralight For Police or
other Law Enforcement
Palm Bay Police used Paramotors in 2009
2017 Apr 25 Can law
enforcement use a paramotor in spite of FAR 103's limitation to sport or
recreational use? There is a blanket exemption that makes this legal
under certain conditions. Mark Renkens of the Palm Bay Police department
has experience with it and these are some observations.
Paramotor has very limited use and requires sufficient skill as to make
it difficult to staff a reliable presence. Wheels help but it still
requires participants to become good enough so that they can reliable
launch in a variety of conditions. Reliability and limited weather
capability made it impractical for their department to continue the
program in spite of having gear provided at very low cost.
As to legality, the FAA
document that explains "Public Use". If that PDF link is dead,
search for "FAA Advisory Circular on Public Aircraft Operations".