(still have to lift the nose wheel to get the prop ring through the door)
GETTING THAT POWERED PARACHUTE SPORT PILOT LICENSE!!!
Let's assume you are beginning this process from scratch, meaning you do not already have a FAA Pilot's License.
First of all, this is a great aircraft to fly. It is fun and offers enough challenge to make you feel like an accomplished pilot when you make the aircraft do what you want it to do. It isn't difficult to learn to fly a PPC but it does require a few steps.
First, this is a light sport aircraft and it requires an FAA Sport Pilot License. To get a license, you must find a CFI (here I am) and have a minimum of 12 hours of instruction to be signed-off for a checkride. In those 12 hours, you have 10 hours of dual instruction and 2 hours of solo flight.
Second, you have to take and pass a written exam (not difficult to do) in order to be able to be signed-off for your checkride. Also, I require the written to be passed before you solo. But don't worry, you'll find the test easy to take once you have prepared for it and you will have some time before you will be ready to solo.
Third, you'll also need a Student Pilot's license which you get from a Designated Examiner (and after April 1, 2016 any CFI will be able to issue one to you). This is really easy and during a day when we are training, I'll introduce you to the process and we'll fill out paperwork for the issuance of your license. However, it will take a few weeks for the license to arrive. Don't worry, we have lots of training to do before it is in your hands!
Lessons usually run 2 hours. That includes some ground school, a flight briefing, and flight time. These lessons are "one on one" which assures you get personal instruction and have lots of time to ask questions and develop your flying skills.
The cost of your lesson is $130 per flight hour. That includes the ground school and flight time. You'll learn in my aircraft which is a 130 hp AirWolf. You'll take your dual in this aircraft, solo in this aircraft, and take your checkride in this aircraft. So, all you have to do for training is study and bring your enthusiasm!
The written test is around $150. It is administered at approved testing sites around Denver. You can start to study for this test immediately by going to the ASA website: www.asa2fly.com and download their Sport Pilot Powered Parachute Test Prep app. They have apps for both Apple and Android. This material really does a great job is preparing you for the written. A ground school is offered each month and you can take a day to hear all of the information you will need to know for both the written and checkride. That runs $280 + $30 for material.
The checkride is around $400. It is administered by a PPC Designated Examiner. You will have no problem passing this event.....most students found they were more excited in showing the examiner what they knew than scared about what he/she might ask. It is a very positive experience.
There are three items you need to consider buying:
The Powered Parachute Flying Handbook
ASA Sport Pilot Test Prep
Practical Test Standards for Sport Pilot
I can supply these books or you can order them from Amazon.com and have them delivered to your door ASAP. The first book to buy would be the Powered Parachute Flying Handbook since it covers everything you need to know in small chunks. The book is a very complete discourse on everything you would need to know to be a safe and knowledgeable pilot!
Now let's talk about what you need to really do at this point!!!!! Let's arrange an hour flight to let you see what the sport is about. Then, when we land and you are hooked, we'll get you pointed towards the books you need to begin reading and talk about future lessons.
Don't let the cost scare you away. If you really want to learn to fly these machines, we'll make it happen one way or the other.
Let me know what else you need. Call me anytime to arrange a flight. I fly near Hudson, Colorado and can do so anytime during the week or weekends.
Take Care and I look forward to hearing from you!
If you are looking to purchase a trailer and want one that will fit almost any PPC (including 100hp units) then, here are basic trailer dimensions you need:
Rear Door Width: 86"
Rear Door Height: 84"
Distance Between Wheel Wells: 82"
Ceiling Height: 93"
Box Unit Length: 140" (usually not including a "V" nose)
Platte Valley Airpark - 18V
7507 County Road 39
Fort Lupton, Colorado 80621
Directions to our main training field.
19231 County Road 22
Fort Lupton, Colorado