E-mail - Intro letter.
Below is a little letter I send out to everyone interested in PPG, it's a cut and paste thing it may have more info than you asked for but I just send it to everyone.
PPG pilot !,
I have all the school gear you will need to see how this works and what your starting into. The first day or so of training all you need to bring is your body, but before you will be able to fly up in the air on your own you will need your some of your own gear, which I will help you size and fit to your body type, fitness level, and weight. (I specialize in training the "hefty guy" as I am one of the few serious "hefty guys" that is active. If your petite you will have an edge on most so your fine there.)
Foot launched PPG units remain inside the FAR103 government ultra-light rules and no training is required to legally fly. PPG's do however require a lot of personal learning to balance with a spinning propeller on your back with 45-65lbs of gear. Then also then coordinating the wing into a flying position for takeoff. So if you don't train you will most likely spend as much as training in repairs to your unit before you can fly; or even worse hurt yourself in the process.
PPG is a very odd aircraft we don't have many of the things that are considered normal in aviation; cockpit, landing gear, a front facing prop, runways, control panels, and we are totally exposed. However the open flight sensation you experience in powered paragliding is the closest to fulfilling the dream of personal flight we all had as kids, so while the road is longer with PPG when you are trained and ready to fly your reward goes way up as there are things a low and slow craft can do that is unparalleled in aviation.
My name is James Coblentz, however everyone calls me Slugger ... (a flying nick name) I offer training and sales of PPG units and wings ... We fly out of Shippensburg, PA and Libertytown, MD depending on weather and capabilities of our members. Training is $1350 to a PPG2 level. Once you are signed up as a full student there is no limit to how many times you come out and train. This never ends please come fly with us after your training as well! Expect 3-6 months over the weekends to get to flight status. The only restrictions to this full unlimited training is if you don't show up for a year straight at which point I basically would have to re-start from scratch anyway. I do understand that work, husbands / wife’s / kids, winter (Dec. thru Mar.), Illness, and other stuff happens and am not a stickler to any schedule. This open format is required to fly as well, due to the fact we have to work with the weather we got, and sometimes weather can prohibit any flight activities at all.
I do offer training per day at $150 ... and a first day feeler course for $125. My prices reflect making pilots not just selling gear and orphaning people NOTE... I reserve the right to refuse training to anyone, I may request or even require you get a trike attachment if I feel it will make flying more enjoyable/safer for you.
There are two releases "liability" you will have to sign to fly with us they are formal and a major release of your legal rights in an effort to protect myself, my friends, and my land owners from legal exposure. The fact is you are flying an open cockpit plane with no frame at all and if you crash serious injury can occur. Most of the risk can be mitigated thru training and technique but sport aviation is aviation. From what I have seen on the USPPA.net risk assessment it is more dangerous than driving a car and less dangerous than riding a motorcycle.
When you come out to the field you will see we a group of people who share a passion to fly. We support each other and help each other in our endeavors to fly. Picnics and other get together’s are common and all are welcome. In the end we are just a bunch of air junkies who like to hang out and fly.
Cost to be flying new gear (approx.) Motor $6500-$7200 (Motor includes a harness some are easy to use both on the motor and off and some are difficult to connect and detach from the unit.) Wing $2850-$3850 Helm $450 Radio $150 So as you see it's sort of like a motorcycle in cost in the end ... You can start with just a wing and learn to ground handle / tow / & training hill, (up to ph.3) then you need a motor. This also has the added bonus of spreading out the cost a bit.
First day feeler course ($125.00):
If you chose to continue training: There is 4 major phases you move
thru to complete your training.
This is my longer, but better pilot maker layout and many free flight pilots agree they are much better off for learning to free fly first and then adding the motor as a tool to "fake a lift source".
If you’re in doubt, do the first day feeler course, My goal that day is you make you see what PPG is so you can make an informed decision about PPG.
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