The powered parachute is a half parachute, half glider motorized flying wing. Originally crude when invented in the early 80’s, the powered parachute has become the ultimate personal flying machine. The powered parachute is also the most affordable powered aircraft available.
Man’s desire to fly is as old as man himself. This desire has led us to the construction of planes, rockets, helicopters and so on. However for some people wishing to really explore the intimate side of flying these things fall short.
Planes and helicopters simply lack the zest of souring above treetops and lakes like a bird on a wing. To fulfill this desire you need look no further than powered parachutes.
The powered parachute is also the most affordable powered aircraft available. A new single seat version will cost you below $10,000. Not only being affordable, a powered parachute, when not in use, is small enough to fit in your garage.
What owner of a helicopter or plane can claim these things? Not only cheap to buy and maintain, a powered parachute is simple to operate. In the United States you don’t even need an operator’s license.
An average person can learn the basics to flying these wonderful machines in an afternoon. Most people have their first solo flight after only 5 days of instructions. With a powered parachute there is no danger of spins and stalls so you can cruise along simply enjoying the views.
Using powered parachutes
The restrictions that do exist for powered parachutes are fairly common sense. Don’t fly your powered parachute in strong winds or at night. Other than this the sky is basically yours. All these great features have made the powered parachute popular with many different people and for a variety of reasons.
To begin with, they make an excellent aircraft for photographing. Many pictures of shining lakes and majestic mountains were taken from powered parachutes. Their slow speed and 360 degree view make them perfect photography platforms.
Their cheap initial and maintenance cost make them a popular selection among law enforcement and other government agencies. To operate a helicopter for a search and rescue operation is extremely expensive.
To operate a powered parachute is extremely cheap. When the space shuttle disintegrated upon re-entry the government called upon the powered parachute to search hundreds of miles for debris recovery.
To have conducted this search with helicopters would have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. All these reasons have made the powered parachute one of the best flying machines ever invented.