Some time ago I was introduced to the sport of Powered Parachuting, and enthusiastically fell in love with it. I love flying my chute, just don't get to go fly as often as I would like. Powered Parachutes are just plain cool. Below you will find links to PPC resources; another picture of me and my very own Powered Parachute; some pictures of NASA's Test of the X-38 Space Station Escape Module. Enjoy investigating below.
What is a Powered Parachute? It is an ultralight aircraft with a open cockpit airframe mated to a Parawing airfoil, (a type of Parachute).
Powered by light, powerful and reliable engines, Powered Parachuting, in my opinion, is the safest, funniest, coolest, neatest, most awesome form of recreational flying devised by man.
Flying a "Chute" is as close to being on a "Magic Carpet" as it gets. And safe! Add throttle, the aircraft rises from the ground. Reduce throttle, it floats to the ground.
The following links are posted here so you can find out more. If you ever get a chance to take an introductory lesson in one, or see one do maneuvers up close, do it. You will be amazed.
It only takes 3 to 6 hours to learn the basic basics. But, Powered Parachutes are "Flying Machines." Please, if you like these machines and want to learn to fly them, please, get enough instruction from a qualified and good instructor when you do. It's what you don't know that can kill you.