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Training Exemption Available for Dual Instruction in Wheeled PPGs

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Jim Stephenson, CEO of Aero Sports Connection (ASC), has announced the extension of a training exemption for powered paraglider (PPG) instructors. The ultralight training exemption (9785A) allows dual instruction in two-place powered paragliders, including those flown with a landing gear. As administered, the extension also covers dual instruction in a variety of paraglider and hang glider-based ultralights until the end of November 2012,and the exemption can only be used by an individual who is issued authorization by ASC.

Jim said the need for the exemption stems from the increasing popularity of legal FAR 103 powered paragliders that are flown exclusively on a cart or permanent landing gear. Many potential pilots can’t execute the dual running launch required under existing PPG training conditions. Conventional LSA powered parachutes are totally unsuitable. Also covered under this exemption are two-place unpowered paragliders and both unpowered and powered two-place hang gliders. Powered two-place hang gliders are perhaps not yet available, but the possibility of such craft flown entirely on a cart or trolley is intriguing.

Pilot training standards are available for the PPG program which will require 10 hours of training and 25 hours logged time before the instructor can begin training others. Among the key elements for qualification are that the vehicle must meet FAR 103 limits and that it’s capable of foot launch. It can operate exclusively on wheels provided it’s foot launch capable. This regimen will be familiar to ultralight enthusiasts who were active before FAR 103 was enacted in 1982. Jim said they decided not to focus on whether the craft used a harness or a hard seat, but instead rely on the foot launch feature to exclude conventional two-seat powered parachutes and other craft not intended for use under this exemption. For more information, call Jim Stephenson at 269-209-1466.

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