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Immersion Training for Powered Parachute Sport Pilots


Easy Flight of Greenville, Illinois, has announced June, August, and October sessions of its concentrated 12-Day Sport Pilot training camp. Total immersion training is widely used in many areas of aviation training. There are currently only about 40 FAA certificated flight instructors qualified to instruct in powered parachutes, so the chances of finding a local instructor are slim.

The typical obstacles for prospective pilots include scheduling flight training around an already busy weekly schedule, accommodating changes in weather, and travel to and from lessons. All of these issues are solved by attending a dedicated school. With total immersion training, concepts can be understood faster and easier. There’s little time to forget one lesson before the next lesson begins, and this creates a successful environment for the students.

Roy Beisswenger of Easy Flight created the multi-day sport pilot training course in 2007. The key to the program has been bringing in other quality certificated flight instructors so there’s a one-to-one student/flight instructor ratio. A modular lesson plan allows flexibility in the daily schedule. That means when it’s time to fly, everybody flies! Other time is spent working on ground school topics and preparing for the pilot knowledge and practical tests, which are conducted at the end of the course. The scheme allows 10 days for all the flying, ground schooling, and testing to become a certificated sport pilot in powered parachutes. Two more days are built in to allow for weather with the 12-day plan. The FAA requires powered parachute sport pilots to have logged at least 12 hours of flight time including 10 hours of dual flight training, a solo cross-country flight to a different airport, and at least 20 landings.

The program at Greenville is set up so the student doesn’t have to bring anything but himself or herself and a toothbrush. Everything needed to become a sport pilot in 12 days is provided including accommodations at a local motel. It’s all part of the package deal. The success of this program could be an example for other areas and categories of sport pilot training. To learn more about the 12-Day Sport Pilot training program, visit www.EasyFlight.com, call 618-664-9706, or e-mail roy@easyflight.com. Easy Flight also offers 2-Day Light Sport Repairman Inspection courses and a 6-day training course for existing certificated pilots who want to add the powered parachute endorsement. Roy is an FAA Gold Seal flight instructor.

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