02 Gearing Up
The choices are daunting. Reviews provide some guidance, but new pilots should rely on a respected instructor. It’s always good to be informed, though. This chapter is a quick overview for the new student just getting started. More details appear in Section V: Choosing Gear.
New or more detailed information will be added here. Communications, for example, is a moving target. Instrumentation, too, has enjoyed innovation for the nerds among us. Some basics can prevent costly mistakes: think cylinder head temperature.
Entire chapters of the Powered Paragliding Bible are devoted to understanding wings, motors and various accessories, but sometimes we can present more details, more nuance, and more timely information here on FootFlyer. The book doesn’t cover much about costs so here is a breakdown of all the costs involved with flying powered paragliders.