PPG safety considerations

Powered Paragliding is one of the safest ways to get in the sky.

When properly used, in correct aerological conditions, Powered Paragliding is extremely safe.

You do not have to worry if the engine fails: you just have to find a secure landing area and descent to it slowly !

If you insist on flying in unsuitable weather conditions you must be an experienced pilot and accept the risk: stall close to the ground or abnormal contact with the ground can cause serious injury !

The PPG is as safe as you are !

How does a PPG work ?

The piloting of a paragliding is of a very simple principle.

Two handles (brakes) linked at the trailing edge of the wing by suspentes allow the control of the glider.

You just have to pull the right brake to go to the right, the left brake to turn to the left, to increase the power to go up and to reduce it to come down...

Finally, the landing is gently made by pulling both brakes at the same time.

PPG Take off

  1. After the pre-flight inspection of the paraglider and the engine, the carabiners are attached to the wing risers (see above).
  2. The wing is laid out ( fully opened) on the ground facing the wind direction.
  3. The engine is started and warmed up.
  4. The pilot faces the wind, the brakes in his hands and, with a hard pull forward, the glider inflates and rises off the ground.
  5. When the paraglider is in the overhead position, the pilot visually checks the inflation and moves forward, accelerating to full position.
  6. When the correct speed is reached, the lift is sufficient to pull the pilot right off the ground. The pilot has full directional control by using the brake lines.
  7. When comfortably airborne and sufficient altitude is reached (>30 ft) the pilot sits in the harness.

PPG Landing

  1. The pilot approaches the landing zone at a correct altitude (>100 ft), facing the wind.
  2. When ready to land the pilot stops the engine using the push button on the throttle grip.
  3. The pilot controls the direction (facing the wind) and glides down at the correct air-speed (arms high).
  4. At about 10 ft off the ground, the pilot firmly pulls the breaks to slow the wing and reduce the descent rate.
  5. When the pilot's feet touch the ground, he or she walks one or two steps ....
  6. The pilot controls the wing (with the brakes) and makes a 180° turn to face the wing then collapses it, using the brake lines.