Apple Valley, California
(760) 242-3FLY (242-3359)
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Powered parachute sport pilot and ultralight flight training
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We highly recommend that you go for a discovery flight prior to making any decision on aircraft to purchase, and once you decide to purchase to start your training. This will make you a better informed buyer as to what you want in a Powered Parachute, whether it is a Light Sport Aircraft or an Ultralight single seat vehicle that meets the Part 103 rule requirements.
Discovery Flights top
There are many ways to get started on your adventure of flying Powered Parachutes. The easiest way to find out if you will like this (most people are usually hooked on their first flight) is to sign up for a discovery flight. First you will receive the required FAA safety briefing, covering seat belt use, communications helmet, the positive exchange of the controls (so we both know who is flying the aircraft) and emergency procedures. (just in case.) You will then be taken aloft in our Powrachute Pegasus 2 place light sport aircraft that is equipped with full dual controls with your CFI at the controls. Once we reach cruising altitude you will be able to take the controls if you desire and fly the Pegasus. You will see how it steers, learn how to climb, descend and make nice smooth turns as we fly off into the early morning sky of the high desert. When we return to the field, your CFI will demonstrate landing approaches by doing some touch and go landings, setting down and then powering up again and taking off. Finally all the fun comes to an end; (sadly) as we set up for a full stop landing that will have us back at our trailer.
Instructional/Discovery Flights: 15 minutes=$150.00,
The First Flight Course top
The First Flight Course is the start of your flight training. Whether you intend to fly single seat PPCís that qualify as an Ultralight or go on to an FAA Sport Pilot Certificate, you start out the same way.
Before the flight begins, you will observe the CFI performing the pre-flight inspection, required prior to each flight aided by the use of appropriate checklists. Next is engine starting and warm up, once again aided by the appropriate checklist.† Following that the aircraft is removed from the trailer, and then the required FAA safety briefing as stated above. Next we have you get in the front seat with your CFI in the back seat and we taxi the PPC aircraft around the field. This is to insure that you get a feel for how it steers on the ground and will know which way to turn the steering when you want to go left or right, and how much you need to turn it.
We then taxi to our planned takeoff position, based on any wind and the direction it is coming from. All take offs and landings are into the wind. We then start to set up the wing (or parachute, which is the wing) with the CFI explaining what each step is. After the wing is properly laid out your CFI has you get into the front seat, and covers engine start up and shut down procedures, then straps you in with the 4 point lap and shoulder harness, secures your helmet making sure the ear cups seat well and that the microphone is properly adjusted and plugs you into the intercom system. He then gets into the back seat and secures his helmet, straps in, does a comm. check and has you start the plane. After the engine is warmed up again your CFI does the 1st take off and gets into the flight pattern we will be following over the field. The CFI explains what is happening during take off and gets up to our pattern altitude. At this time he will demonstrate and explain how to fly the pattern maintaining a straight track on each side (leg) of the pattern.
After several passes around the field, the CFI turns the controls over to you and you are now flying the pattern while maintaining a straight track over the ground and maintaining a consistent altitude and making smooth turns. (yes, we know it wonít be perfect, but thatís why we call it training, and practice makes perfect)
After you have done this & have the feel of the powered parachute aircraft, the CFI will then take the controls and demonstrate how to do touch & goís where you set up for a landing approach, and upon a smooth touch down, smoothly add power, taxi, making sure the wing is centered using the mirror & take off again, flying around the established pattern repeating this maneuver. This maneuver is the key to learning to fly a PPC, because take offs and landings are the most critical areas of operation to master. As you will see, flying around at altitude is very simple, because of the self stabilizing pendulum affect, which self corrects, so the pilot is not required to add in any control input. This will be explained in more detail while you are doing your 1st flight course.
When scheduling the 1st flight course, we now only schedule 1 student per day, and we fly from sunrise, all morning, as long as the weather permits. This allows us to give you the most time in the front seat, and is almost like a solo flight, except you have your CFI on board with you.
All of the flight training time we do is logged in the log book we supply, and is time that counts toward the minimum time required to attain your FAA Sport Pilot certificate, which is required to fly any 2 place light sport aircraft, (Powered Parachute). If you want to solo, more training time is required, as we would issue you an FAA student pilot certificate, and follow the FAA regulations for solo flight under that pilot certificate. We are one of the few dealer/training centers that will allow you to solo in our aircraft, because we are confident in the training we offer. (Many dealers & training facilities will take you up for an intro flight, and train you dual in their plane, but if you want to solo, you must buy your own plane). You will find this to be a fun experience.
Our goal is for you to have a great flight, while learning to master flight of the powered parachute in a safe & enjoyable manner.
We also offer a concentrated 14 day training package that allows you to learn all you need in order to earn your FAA sport pilot license. The 1st flight course is the start of that program, and if you elect to go on to that within 30 days, the costs of the 1st flight course will be applied to the total sport pilot package price.
First Flight Course Rate $390.00
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Sport Pilot training can be accomplished in several ways. The best way is to sign up for our 14 day concentrated Sport Pilot training program. This course is designed to take you from having no flight experience to your earning your FAA Sport Pilot license. This is scheduled so that in the event of less favorable weather we would still have the time to complete the training.
The course includes;
∑ Training materials & books
∑ Pilot log book
∑ Ground School Training
∑ Flight Training
∑ Issuance of Student Pilot Certificate
∑ All Required Tests and Their Costs
We also provide you an instructor on a one-to-one student/CFI ratio. Your instructor will be as dedicated to your success as you are.
The FAA is interested in making sure that anyone wanting to become any kind of pilot has three things. Those are:
We make sure that each of those critical areas are covered in the training process.
Aeronautical Flying Knowledge Ground School top
At Inland Paraflite we provide you with a complete ground school that covers all the requirements youíll need to know to pass the written knowledge test with a through understanding of the material, and we focus on areas that the FAA wants you to know from the Federal Aviation Regulations part 61.311.
These are areas that many instructors have you read up on yourself, doing self study that may leave you not as confident in your knowledge of the material as you will be after completing our comprehensive ground school.
Aeronautical Flying Experience
Federal Aviation Regulations for the minimum requirements for Sport Pilot for Powered Parachutes:
While doing this flying we arenít just flying the same time over & over again, we are preparing you and covering the critical information that you will need to know and be able to demonstrate during your practical test, more commonly referred to as the ďcheck ride.Ē All of this comes straight from the Federal Aviation regulations part 61.311, and from the PTS. (Practical test Standards) They are;
Testing and License Issue
We all love taking tests, donít we? Well, the FAA provides the information you will be tested on, they publish most of the questions used on the written knowledge test along with the answers, and they provide a standardized structure for the Practical Test/ Check Ride with the PTS. (Practical Test Standards)† With the training provided at Inland Paraflite you will be prepared for the testing and you find that you will be confident with the knowledge you have attained during your training with us, and you will reach your goal of earning your Sport Pilot Certificate for Powered Parachute Land.
Please feel free to Contact Us or call us directly at 760-242-3359 for current training rates, packages, scheduling or questions.
Adding the PPCL category/class endorsement is simple. All you need to do is to train with a PPCL rated CFI to proficiency. Once you are trained, your training CFI endorses or recommends you to take a proficiency check with another CFI, or a DPE who would act as a CFI. Since you already hold a higher certificate rating you do not need to take another written test, and you do not have to complete any minimum amount of training. The proficiency check is the same as a practical test administered by a DPE for a new sport pilot applicant, covering the same material that is in the PTS (practical Test Standards) for PPC.†††††
Once you have completed the proficiency check, you will be able to take passengers along for the ride IF you are also current. If you haven't been flying for awhile, you will need to also have a flight review. The good news is that the flight review can be done in a powered parachute and you don't have to have a medical.
The Practical Test or Check Ride top
You have completed your training, your training CFI has recommended you for your Practical Test or as it is commonly referred to, the Check Ride. By this time you have gone over the PTS (Practical Test Standards) and have reviewed all the areas of operations covered in it as well as practiced all of the flying tasks you will be asked to do by the DPE. (Designated Pilot Examiner)
The Practical Test is divided into 2 parts.
Once the flight test is complete, youíll be waiting to hear the words ďCongratulations, youíve passed and are now a newly minted Sport PilotĒ
If youíre doing a practical test for CFI privileges, the test is similar except;
You can expect a CFI practical test to take about twice as long as an initial Sport Pilot certification.
Be sure to bring with you in addition to your study materials your pilotís log book with all the required signatures on the flight time entries and the appropriate endorsements, your written knowledge test results with the testing centerís embossing on the page, not a photo copy, a valid drivers license, and your signed 8710-11 form with your CFIís signature recommending you for the practical test. If you have any questions concerning the practical test please be sure to call us at 760-242-3359 so that you will show up with all you need and be prepared. Our goal is for you to be able to successfully complete the last step in the process.
There is a complete check list in the PTS that spells out all that you should bring to the test with you.
If youíre doing a proficiency check because you already have a pilot certificate for a different category/class and are just adding on Powered Parachute, the process is the same, except that the test is administered by a CFI, or a DPE acting as a CFI. (Donít forget, all DPEís are required to be CFIís as well).
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