What's possible is truly amazing.
Powered paragliding has more to offer an inspired pilot than possibly
any other type of flying, and in so many ways. It's time to unlock some
of the techniques that can speed motivated pilots to excellence.
This series is what I wish were available after I learned the basics
of flying PPG. There are many specific techniques that can be learned
far quicker if only they were clearly explained. It is intended for
pilots who have already learned the basics, and are PPG2 level
Video is never any substitute for high quality instruction and
especially practice. Nor can any video instill a skill. We don't purpose
to replace personal instruction but rather augment it. And we can
certainly show you the tools, how they can be used, and how to practice
them. We'll also show what's possible.
There's so much more to PPG than meets the eye. Ground handling, for
example, is something that can be mastered far easier with the specific
tools included in this video. Not just one set of techniques, either,
but many, from some of our sports most capable pilots. Disc 1 will be
out first, hopefully sometime in 2010, as most of the scenes have already been
Video 1: Advanced Ground Handling
Delve into the foundation of successful launching—ground handling.
Learn many finer points of inflation, kiting in light winds, kiting in
strong winds, using different techniques, different wings, harness
varieties, what to practice, where to practice and more. From climbing
up walls to finessing a reverse out of light wind, we'll show specifics,
breaking down the actions in easily understood segments.
Production notes and follow the "Making Of" log for Master PPG 1.
Animation and graphics make the concepts crystal clear. It covers a
lot in its 1:41 minute run time -- have your pause button ready.
Video 2: Advanced Launching
Lets face it, launching a paramotor, especially on foot, is
difficult. Even if you succeed nearly every time, it's still a
challenging task. Experienced pilots may make it look easy but the
reality is that every
launch is barely successful. There are lots of finer points that can
help with success.
Production notes and follow the "Making Of" log for Master PPG 2
Among the many topics covered are: launching in crosswinds, launching in strong winds,
launching with low attachments, high attachments, on roads, in confined
areas, launching into foot drags, recovering from crooked inflations and
much more. Then there's a thorough treatment of launching with wheels.
From recovering wing gyrations to reverse launching. Learn to
taxi/takeoff in a crosswind or to taxi in a 360. This is, after all,
Video 3: Inflight Precision
This is the most important video in the series because it covers the
foundations of all precision flying. It is also the most fun,
incorporating a few minutes of gorgeous, fun flying between some
sections in a fast-paced style to the beat of new music. We spent over
$600 on new music for this production.
Production notes and follow the "Making Of" log for Master PPG 3
This is the most important installment of the series.
There's more than meets the eye for super accurate control
of flight path. Height, speed, rolling out of steep turns precisely
while managing energy start out the expose. Then following a set ground track, foot
dragging, handling turbulence, and competition are covered in detail along with many others.
3-D animation and other graphics combine with frequently beautiful
flying scenes to crystallize
understanding of certain core principles. Even for non-competitors there
is a lot to learn from the competition section which includes how to fly a world record
cloverleaf, with animation that clearly shows how its done--from power
management to ground track and speed control. We'll show how world
champion Mathieu Roanet pulls off his amazing times and fly with U.S.
Champion Eric Dufour and English Champion Michel Carnet, watching from
the pilot's perspective as animation details what they're doing. We
explain the important concepts and show how to put them to work.
This is also the most fun to watch. Flying scenes from all over the
world are included in a few places that celebrate the incredible freedom
that precise flight gives us.
Video 4: Precision Landings
There's nothing like a perfect swoop landing to top off a flight.
We'll describe the science behind it through animation then show various
techniques in practice. We'll cover how to land in no wind, stronger
wind, confined areas, how to land and stop, land over obstacles, do
slider landings and much more. Animation plays a big part here since it
so clearly shows important elements of flight path control. Plus we'll
cover the extreme risks of spot landings and how to reduce them.
These are not "show-off" videos. Techniques are broken down
with close-ups, graphics, animation, narrated explanations and slow motion to first show exactly what to
do, how much to do it, what timing is involved and how to react. Then
timing is further dissected as we reveal the techniques in action.
Various techniques are shown in action along with what they're strong
points are. Kiting, for example, can be done in many, many ways,
especially in high winds. Some work better than others depending on
conditions and terrain.
It's an exciting project and we hope the results are worth the