Paraglider and Paramotor Instructor Book
Instruction looks easy—show someone what you do, and get them to repeat, right? Then why do so many students get injured or killed while learning? We can do better. We must do better. This book aims to help.
Pilots relish the freedom of our minimally regulated endeavor, and we hope to keep it that way—minimally regulated. But the secrets to teaching success have, until now, remained locked up in individual instructor’s toolboxes. After years of traveling, watching, taking notes, and being saddened by training mishaps, Jeff Goin decided it was time to do something.
For two years he focused on learning how successful instructors succeed; on how students learn, how they get hurt, what it takes to be effective, and what it takes to thrive in the business. This book includes best practices from dozens of successful instructors, then adds airline-level understanding of human factors—how we interact with machines—where appropriate.
Jeff’s aviation background includes 15 years of teaching in various capacities and over 30 years of professional flying. More recently, he went through instructor certification programs for paragliding and paramotoring. Earning those instructor ratings was a small part of the research that went into this project. Here’s hoping we can collectively make a difference.
Powered Paragliding Bible
The widely acclaimed authoritative source on powered paragliding encompasses everything from first sight to first flight. It combines knowledge and wisdom from the 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2014 #1 ranked pilot in the U.S., and many of the sport’s leading instructors.
Sections are devoted to pilots in various stages of their flying from raw beginner to competition expert including how to buy and setup your paramotor and, more importantly, how to minimize the risk in your flying. Invaluable information is laid out in an easy-reading format.
The PPG Bible is carried by most respected English-speaking schools throughout the world.
Besides flying, learn what you need to fly and thrive in congested airspace using 3D illustrations and practical explanations geared specifically to paramotor pilots.
Divided into sections, it guides the complete beginner from understanding the gear, through solo, flying on their own (Section II) and then mastering the sport (Section III).
This edition is trimmed slightly smaller, making it a bit more compact. There is no difference in print cost since the source stock is the same. This helps with shipping overseas. More bleeds (image goes right to edge of paper) are used to make small illustrations easier to see.
The most complete reference manual on Powered Paragliding just got better again! Lots better. Color has been improved, new diagrams added, existing diagrams improved, and new photo techniques clearly show progressive tasks, including launch and landing with animation extracts. There’s brand new material including more on reflex wings. New paramotor techniques and accumulated wisdom since edition 2 came out have been incorporated. Thanks to the many who have contributed suggestions and editing.
The fourth edition was our most ambitious undertaking since the book was written. Hundreds of hours were spent on editing, 3D animations, diagrams, and layout. This was our largest print run to date which helped keep the price down in spite of higher printing costs.
Some material is best presented in a plain, easy-to-read book. It provides quick access to the exact subject matter with in-depth material that is digestible at your own pace. The PPG Bible is just such a book for the sport of paramotoring. It is a fun, informative, easy-to-understand and, most of all, thorough treatment on the subject of powered paragliding.
You’ll find a concise presentation of material for anyone serious about flying. It will be appreciated by those just learning to fly as well as those wanting to master the sport, to explore all it has to offer
There is complete, but understandable coverage of airspace and regulations as they apply to paramotor pilots. Edition Four has improved these diagrams even more and new text improves clarity on this sometimes difficult (and otherwise boring) subject.
If you are:
- Considering the sport? This will tell you all about what trade-offs are made and what to avoid.
- Just getting started? Know what to expect, and know how to prepare for training.
- Setting out on your own? Clarify the vagaries of rotor, micrometeorology, airspace, rules, field selection, etc.
- Curious? This answers questions. Many, many questions about everything from aerodynamics to history.
- Into photography? This will offer tips that may save much aggravation about getting good pictures from a PPG.
- Thinking about competition? This has the lowdown on what it is, how it’s flown and, better yet, what to practice to become proficient.
- If any of these apply, then this book is for you.
If you have ever wondered about the sport of powered paragliding, this will answer your questions. Everything from selecting an instructor to buying gear to learning what to do with it.
It starts out with most basic bits required using pictures to clarify better than words ever could. There are over two hundred pictures and diagrams in its 320 pages. It finishes with tips on mastering techniques required for the finest level of control.
For the curious there is a thorough section on Understanding the Sport which delves into several areas such as the unusual aerodynamics of a craft on a swing.
Many practical tips for setting up gear are included. How to tie brake-line knots, how to set up a motor harness and how best to adjust it for preventing potentially deadly torque turns. These are just of few of the many useful pieces that can enhance your understanding of the sport or possibly save your life.
Complete coverage of the regulations and airspace includes the charts and material that make easy work of USPPA’s PPG3/Instructor Written test. This is practical information for the adventurous pilot who sets out for parts unknown – how to get what you need from sectional charts without bogging down in unnecessary detail.
Many, many diagrams help make sense of complicated concepts and introduce some new ones. From the parts of the paramotor to Aerodynamics, our sport is explained in concise ways that encourage understanding. A real effort is made to avoid wordiness while keeping it interesting.
Clear up confusion on obtaining weather including detailed descriptions of using the Flight Service Stations.
After getting the basics down, learn how to fly at airports, including controlled airports, and what you need to pull it off. Sample aircraft radio conversations with Air Traffic Control are included.
Many eye-popping photos help the enjoyment and make it a great way to show others the sport.
The Powered Paragliding Bible Provides newcomers with everything needed to succeed at paramotoring, buy equipment and thrive in the sport. Six sections take the pilot from pulling a wing out of the bag through flying confidently in the national airspace system. All information is provided in a concise, practical way with over a hundred pictures and illustrations.
Advanced topics from flag flying to competition are covered, too, along with the ramifications of the law. Many myths and misunderstandings are dealt with in the most thorough treatment of powered paragliding ever produced.
Every effort has been made to have clarity. If an editor didn’t understand what it was saying on the first pass, it was rewritten. Thanks for your patience, hopefully it will have been worth the wait.
Airspace & Law For Ultralights Video
A combination of live action, illustrations, 3D motion graphics, narration and bits of humor to help ease the pain of learning a tough topic.
Besides the fundamentals, see where the risk is and how to avoid unwanted attention. Failing that, we’ll show what to do if approached by FAA officials and even address how to handle the aftermath of a violation.
We don’t just show how it all works; we show why it was made that way. It’s easier to remember if you understand the reason why the airspace and corresponding rules were made. More than anything this is geared towards ultralighters and the places where they are likely to fly. Minutia is covered, of course, but the emphasis is reserved for where it matters most.
Airspace is inherently 3 dimensional and should be presented that way. We do. Gain insight into the most challenging aspects of airspace and clear up common misconceptions to cement your understanding. Real life examples and graphics bring clarity like no other source.