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Powered Parachute Sport Pilot and Ultralight Flight Training in Powered Parachutes and Paraplanes

Powered parachute, paraplanes, no matter what you call them, are a lot of fun, a real outdoor adventure. Some call it an adrenalin rush. Flying in powered parachutes low and slow, (at 28 to 30 MPH) taking in the view of the countryside, seeing things like rabbits scurrying about trying to get away from a predator like a coyote, or maybe deer or elk in some parts of the country. Flying powered parachutes allows you to safely get low over the open countryside, giving you a spectacular view, allowing you some great photo opportunities. You can also take pictures of your friends flying their paraplanes along with you, with the distant mountains as a backdrop. With proper flight training, you can earn your FAA powered parachute sport pilot certificate and you can easily fly your powered parachute over open country low for many miles with your best friend, wife or significant other along for the ride in your 2 place powered parachute, enjoying the feel of flight while the ground seems to rush by as you follow the dips & turns with your powered parachute. You can also enjoy spectacular vistas (like Monument Valley) from high above the earth, flying many thousands of feet up in the air, seeing for many miles in all directions while you seem to hardly move at all. Flying powered parachutes is the closest you may ever come to experiencing a magic carpet ride.

If the adventure of flying in powered parachutes sounds like something you would like to experience, then you've come to the right place. We are one of the few areas where you can fly almost year round. Some of the best flying is in the cooler fall and winter months, as we just dress warmer. The powered parachute aircraft will perform even better in the cool dense air, and the morning flying times is extended longer in these months. Of course, flying a powered parachute in shirt sleeves in the warmer months is great too, and you can work on your tan as you fly.

Inland Paraflite, Inc. has been in the Powered Parachute (PPC) industry since 1993, making us one of the most experienced powered parachute flight training centers in the USA today. We are the only year round, full time powered parachute training center located in California.

Your Chief Flight Instructor, Phil Dietro, has been flying powered parachutes since 1992, and went through the Paraplane powered parachute instructor training program in 1993 when he became a Paraplane dealer. He later became a powered parachute BFI (Basic Flight Instructor) under the ASC powered parachute exemption, and then moved over to the EAA powered parachute exemption program, becoming a powered parachute UFI (Ultralight Flight Instructor) for powered parachutes, and a short time after that became a powered parachute UFIE (Ultralight Flight Instructor Examiner). When the Sport Pilot program was introduced in 2004, he started making plans to transition to an FAA certificated powered parachute sport pilot and CFI. There was a lot of studying to be done to prepare for the FAA CFI powered parachute written knowledge test, which Phil took and passed. This was a requirement prior to doing the practical tests (also known as check rides) for powered parachute sport pilot and CFI. In September of 2005 Phil went to Greenville, Illinois and took and passed both practical tests, administered by Roy Beisswenger of Easy Flight, Inc. and earned his FAA powered parachute sport pilot rating and FAA powered parachute CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) for PPCL or what we refer to as Powered Parachute land category and class. He then was selected to attend and went to the FAA examiner school in June of 2006 and earned his powered parachute DPE (Designated Pilot Examiner) rating. In 2007 when he had his annual review with the staff from the FAA Light Sport Branch from Oklahoma City he earned his powered parachute SFIE (Sport Flight Instructor Examiner) rating. We are now able to perform the practical tests required for the issuance of your FAA powered parachute sport pilot certificate and CFI, for those wanting to become Certified Flight Instructors in powered parachutes. Let Phil's many years of experience and his credentials work for you to put you in the pilot's seat as Pilot in Command of your very own Powrachute powered parachute. For more instructor information, click here. Instructor

Flying Options: Flying Options: We offer a complete choice of flight options, from a Discovery Instructional Fight that allows you to find out for yourself what it is like to fly powered parachutes. This will place you in the back seat of our dual controlled Powrachute Pegasus powered parachute so you can see for yourself what it feels like to fly low and slow. Once we have reached a safe altitude, you will be able to "fly" the powered parachute aircraft yourself, making turns and controlling altitude with the use of the throttle. For more information on the Discovery flight click here. Discovery Flight

The First Flight Course is the beginning of our pilot training program. It places you in the front seat of the powered parachute aircraft with your flight instructor (CFI) in the back seat. Your instructor will do the take off and get you up to maneuvering altitude. He will be explaining over the intercom what you will be doing and answering any questions you may have. Once you have seen how the powered parachute maneuvers, you will take the controls and be flying the powered parachute, maintaining level flight and making turns in the pattern that was demonstrated to you by your flight instructor. This will be the start of your journey to earning your Sport Pilot certificate for powered parachutes, or it can take you to flying a single seat powered parachute that meets the FAA ultralight rules of Part 103. For more information on the First Flight course, click here. First Flight

Be a Powered Parachute Sport Pilot in 14 days. Our Powered Parachute Sport Pilot accelerated flight training course or Powered Parachute Boot Camp provides all you need in order to earn your FAA Sport Pilot certificate for Powered Parachutes. It includes all the training books and materials you will need, a one to one flight instructor to student ratio and of course a powered parachute aircraft to train in. It also provides a full ground school on Power Point which will give you the best learning experience and prepare you for the powered parachute FAA written knowledge test as well as the powered parachute practical test or check ride. For more information on our Sport Pilot powered parachute accelerated training program, click here. Accelerated Training

We also have a sport pilot powered parachute training program for those not able to devote 14 days all in one gulp to doing it. For more information, click here. Accelerated Training

Are you already a licensed pilot and want to start flying powered parachutes? We have a program for you as well so you can add the powered parachute category and class to your pilot certificate. For more information, click here. Private Pilot Course

Are you looking to earn your CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) rating for powered parachutes? Inland Paraflite can help you become a powered parachute flight instructor. For more information, click here. CFI Training

If you are already a powered parachute pilot and need a flight review, we can do that for you as well. For more information, click here. Flight Review

If you have received all of your powered parachute flight training, passed the written knowledge test and are looking for an FAA DPE (Designated Pilot Examiner) to conduct your powered parachute practical test (check ride) Inland Paraflite can help you. Phil Dietro holds DPE credentials and can conduct your powered parachute practical test for sport pilot or powered parachute CFI, since he also holds SFIE (Sport Flight Instructor Examiner) credentials. For more information, click here. Practical Test

If you're looking to just fly under FAR Part 103 ultralight rules and fly a single seat powered parachute, Inland Paraflite is one of the few flight schools that offers instruction you to fly single seat powered parachutes. For more information, click here. Part 103

If you would like to know what the FAA rules and flight training requirements for flying a 2 place powered parachute are, we have that information available. Click here for information on powered parachute FAA requirements for a sport pilot certificate. Requirements

We are also California's dealer for Powrachute Powered Parachutes (PPC's). We fly the Powrachute Pegasus, and offer the full line of Powrachute powered parachutes. We offer the AWESOME performance of the 100 HP Powrachute AIRWOLF 2 place light sport aircraft, and the Powrachute Pegasus, which is what we fly. Powrachute and Inland Paraflite have what you're looking for in powered parachute light sport aircraft. "Ask the pilot who flies one." Powrachute, the finest Light Sport Powered Parachute Aircraft on the market today. I know you will have questions about powered parachutes, so click here for our powered parachute FAQ page. FAQ Page

If you want to see some beautiful pictures of powered parachutes in flight, click here to go to our photo tour page. Photo Tour

You will see some breath taking pictures taken in Monument Valley while in flight in a powered parachute. I know many have seen these beautiful vistas on television and in movies, but seeing Monument Valley from the view you get while flying a powered parachute is awesome.

There are also pictures from the color country chute festivals of the past, with the aerial ballet. You will see the best aerobatic powered parachute pilot and 2 time powered parachute World Champion Clyde Poser doing things with a powered parachute that most would believe are not possible, but as you will see, they are, with the right pilot. We also highly recommend that you "Don't try this at home yourself." Clyde is a high time pilot flying everything from powered parachutes to Boeing 767's, and has practiced these maneuvers for many hours.

Call us to schedule your flight in the Powrachute Pegasus now. We are located in the beautiful high desert of Southern California, in the Los Angeles area, in Apple Valley, which is next door to Victorville just off Interstate 15. We are less than a 1-hour drive from Ontario International Airport (ONT), so, while we are on the West Coast, we are easy to get to. We are also about 2 hours from Los Angeles' LAX & Orange County's John Wayne Airport.

Inland Paraflite can set up a powered parachute flight training schedule to suit your needs right here in California using our Powrachute Pegasus powered parachute equipped with the required dual flight controls. We also allow you to do your solo time in our powered parachute. For pilots wanting to fly their own airplane into local airports from anywhere in America to airports in our area for powered parachute flying, we have Apple Valley KAPV, Southern California Logistics in Victorville KVCV, Hesperia L26, and we're just down the mountain from Big Bear Lake airport L35 and ski resorts. Of course you can also book commercial airlines into Los Angeles International (LAX) or closer to us is Ontario International (ONT), or even into Las Vegas (LAS) at McCarran International as well.

Other attractions close are the Disney parks, & Knott's Berry Farm, 90 minutes south of us in Orange County. And, of course, let's not forget all the beautiful beaches available to you while having your flying vacation. We also have two major league baseball teams; the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels that you can plan to take in while you're out here on your flying vacation. To the north about 3 hours drive is Fabulous Las Vegas, and closer, on the way, is Calico Ghost Town. You can explore the old mine shafts, and see a restored Wild West town. Call us today at (760) 242-3359 or click here to send us an email to schedule your introduction to the fun of low & slow Magic Carpet flight in Powered Parachutes.

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Inland Paraflite offers powered parachute flight training for sport pilot and ultralight powered parachute paraplanes and will train you whether you own or fly a Powrachute, Paraplanes, Soaring Concepts, Infinity, Six Chuter, Predator, Buckeye, Destiny, Paraski, Summit, Steel Breeze, and Air Frames Unlimited. If you live in Alaska AK, Alabama AL, Arizona AZ, Arkansas AR, California CA, Colorado CO, Washington WA, Oregon OR, Nevada NV, Utah UT, Idaho ID, Iowa IA, Montana MT North Dakota ND, South Dakota SD, Wisconsin WI, Minnesota MN, Illinois IL, Michigan MI, Missouri MO, Kansas KS, Oklahoma OK, Texas TX, New Mexico NM, Tennessee TN, Kentucky KY, Indiana IN, Ohio OH, New York NY, Pennsylvania PA, Maryland MD, New Hampshire NH, Connecticut CT, Washington D.C., Rhode Island RI, Massachusetts MA, New Jersey NJ, Vermont VT, Maine ME, Virginia VA, West Virginia WV, North Carolina NC, South Carolina SC, Georgia GA, Florida FL, Mississippi MS, Louisiana LA, Hawaii HI, Nebraska NE, Delaware DE, Wyoming WY, anywhere in the United States of America or Canada, Inland Paraflite can set up a powered parachute flight training schedule to suit your needs right here in California using our Powrachute Pegasus equipped with the required dual flight controls. Lets not forget about some local cities here in California, like San Diego, Bakersfield and Kern County, Fresno, Tracy, Merced, Modesto, Gilroy, San Jose, Fremont, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento just to mention a few. Powered Parachute FAQ's 1. What Makes the Powered Parachute So Stable? The pendulum effect (pilot and airframe suspended by an airfoil) provides self-compensating stability. 2. How Fast Does It Fly? The Powered Parachute flies at between 26 & 32mph through the air. This is determined by the type of wing, (rectangular or elliptical) & wing loading. The heaver your payload, the faster you will fly. The ground speed is determined by the speed of the wind relative to the flight direction. 3. How Does The Parachute Deploy? Simply lay the parachute out behind the aircraft, make sure it is squared up to the airframe, make sure all the lines are clear and free of tangles, get in the aircraft, secure your helmet & seat belt, and start the engine. As the pilot and aircraft start rolling forward for takeoff, the parachute will kite overhead. Before going to lift off power (usually full power) make sure the lines are free, all cells are open, and the wing is centered. We call this a LOC. Once this is completed, increase to full power and the parachute will lift the pilot and aircraft up into the sky. 4. What if the engine quits? It gets very quiet. In the unlikely event that the engine should fail, the pilot can safely steer the unpowered gliding Powered Parachute back to a landing site. You will have a glide ratio of anywhere between 3:1 to 5 or 6:1, depending on the type of wing you are flying. (rectangular or elliptical) 5. How Is The Powered Parachute Transported? All that is required is a small trailer. Of course, there are many trailer options available, including fully enclosed models that will sleep 6, has full kitchen and bathroom facilities, and can carry a Powrachute Airwolf or Pegasus easily. 6. Why a Powered Parachute? Why a powered parachute? Boy is this a broad question, you sure you want to go with this question? OK, OK, well, because: fun you can have with your clothes on. It is the easiest flying vehicle we know about only two airborne controls. One to control your rise and decent through the skies, (the throttle) and the other to make turns (via your feet and the foot rudder bars). Besides keeping the unit sturdy, clean & dry, you only need to change the oil and the plugs to maintain it. It takes very little room to store it a single car garage can hold three units. And hence it is also very easy to transport a common utility trailer can easily carry your PPC to any fly-in. Heck, some people just add an extended shelf to the rear of their pick-up trucks and put the PPC there (without any trailer). You can fly year round, weather permitting of course. It requires no ground crew; you can easily unpack, take-off, land, and re-load your PPC all by yourself. It has an incredible safety record despite the fact that mere humans are allowed to fly it). 7. What does it feel like? Flying a powered parachute is the closest you may ever come to actualizing those childhood flying dreams. It is the closest you will ever come to soaring with the eagles. Another aircraft may never match the slow & low abilities of the PPC. It is an incredibly safe and fun way to sail-the-skies! 8. What is the ceiling of the PPC? (How high can you go?) From the factory, the 2-seat PPC with a 65hp engine will normally obtain around 12,000 feet with just an average size pilot, and around 8,000 feet with 450 lbs of occupants. As of July 2001, the altitude record is over 17,700 feet (I believe by Bud Gish of Alaska). With the Sport Pilot rule, you are limited to 10,000 feet MSL (above sea level) If it is a single seat Ultralight, you are not limited to the same ceiling as a sport pilot, but if you plan to go much above 12,000MSL, you will need oxygen. 9. Can I train myself? Since there is considerably more to flying a PPC, than pulling an elevator control back, or pushing a foot (steering) rudder bar I would have to say NO for safetys sake! And honestly, anyone that says that they can safely train you in under 6 hours to fly solo is not giving you the complete picture; too much information would have to be skipped go elsewhere for your training! 10. What kind of license do I need to fly a Powered Parachutes? This is going to have to be a 2-part answer one part for true 103 PPCs and one for the 2 seat light sport aircraft 2 seat PPCs. Relative to true 103 PPCs No license or registration is needed HEY! Note a true 103 ultralight will weigh under 254 lbs, have a single seat, fuel capacity that does not exceed 5 gallons, go slower than 55 knots (63 mph) and have a stall speed less than 24 knots. to a 2-seat trainer Yes, you will need a Sport Pilot certificate. Your drivers will serve as your medical, and any restrictions placed on that will apply to your sport pilot privileges. This is an FAA pilot certificate. The minimum requirements are 12 hours total time, with 10 hours dual training, that means you and your CFI in the plane together, learning to fly the powered parachute. 2 hours solo flight training. yes, youre all alone up there when solo. 20 takeoffs landings to a full stop, with 10 of those being solo. A dual cross country training with a flight greater than 15 nautical miles straight line distance between takeoff landing point. A solo cross country flight of a straight line distance of at least 10 nautical miles between takeoff landing points. 11. What winds can a Powered Parachute safely fly in? You should never fly in winds that exceed your flight skills. And, it is recommended that all PPC pilots should avoid flying in winds above 15 mph. 12. Do I need to own a plane, before I take lessons? No, at Inland Paraflite, Inc. we train & solo students in our aircraft. There are some CFIs that will not allow you to solo in their aircraft, so you should take that into consideration when selecting a CFI. We also recommend that you take lessons before purchasing a PPC, so that you can learn the pluses and minuses of each PPC design. 13. What is the maximum weight you can carry? There are quite a few factors that come into play when considering this answer. The strength of the PPC frame The size and strength of the canopy On average however, I will venture to say that around 450-500 lbs of payload is workable for a 2-seat trainer. Your weight and balance documents that are required to be on any 2 seat light sport aircraft will spell this out for your particular aircraft. It will also be spelled out for any single seat PPC from the manufacturer. 14. How much room do you need for take-off and landing? Again, weight, weather and faith come into play here. But for two people, you will need about 300 to 400 feet for take-off and around 50-100 to safely land. If you have obstacles at the end of your runway, you should plan to have enough room to clear them safely. 15. Are ballistic or emergency parachutes used on PPCs No. When you have an aircraft with the safely record of the PPC, it is extraordinary to find one with an emergency chute. Besides, youre already flying your recovery system, the ram air parachute wing on your plane. 16. Are PPCs useful in aiding Search & Rescue operations? The PPC is so right, so useful when it comes to search & rescue operations, that sometimes, the Civil Air Patrol will get a little jealous about the PPC. Except for getting to the lost sight quickly, there is no better aircraft than the PPC for aiding in the search of the lost. (Heck, you could find a lost rabbit with a PPC!) 17. Can you fly at night? Well, heres another 2 part answer. No, if it a part 103 ultralight vehicle you cannot fly at night. If it is a 2 place light sport aircraft, as a sport pilot the answer is still no. There is one way to legally fly at night. There is also a Private Pilot rating for powered parachutes. This is not to be confused with an airplane (Cessna) private rating, because they are different. If you have the private pilot rating for powered parachutes, along with the required position lights, you can fly at night. So far, there are only 4 Private Pilot PPC examiners in the entire country, so it is very rare to see. You also must pass the private pilot written test, then the practical test and you must have at least a 3rd class medical, so for most of us, we will just fly in the daytime. 18. What are the age limits of a PPC pilot? For a true 103 single seat ultralight, there is no age limit; for the 2-seat light sport PPC, 16 to solo with a student pilot certificate and be at least 17 years old to hold a sport pilot certificate. 19. Is a medical required to fly the PPC? No, for a 2 place light sport aircraft, you will be able to use your driver license, or in lieu of that you may have a 3rd class medical. If it is a true Part 103 ultralight then no medical is required. If you choose to get your private pilot rating for PPCs then a 3rd class medical is required. 20. Can I fly in or over a National Park? There has always been confusion over this question. Except for hazardous areas like the Grand Canyon, the FAA has no restrictions on the air space over National Parks it is only strongly requested that you maintain 2000 AGL (Above the Ground Level) when over a National Park. However, the Park Service will probably ticket (and yell) at you for violating Noise & Disturbance laws, if you fly too low! 21. Am I able to take my friends or family for ride if I fly a 2 place PPC? Yes, once you have earned your Sport Pilot license. 22. Do I have to be a mechanical type, to maintain my PPC? No, if you can change the plugs and change the gear oil, you will be fine. 23. Are we required to register the PPC with the FAA? Yes, if it is a 2 place, then you are required to register it (a $5.00 one time fee) and you will be assigned an N number (tail number like you see on a Cessna). You will also be required to have an airworthiness certificate. If it is a single seat that meets the ultralight rules, then you are not required to register it. If you have any questions that we have not covered here, please feel free to Contact Us or call us directly at 760-242-3359

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