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    Hello chaps.

    I have just been looking at a powered parachute and this looks like a nice cheap method for SSDR.

    I wonder if anyone can answer the following questions?

    If you were to build an SSDR powered parachute and wanted to subsequently develop a 2 seater what would it have to meet to be legal in the UK. Ive looked through this website as much as possible and looked at the CAA website but cannot seem to find the answers?

    If anyone can provide me with a weblink that would be great.

    I am presuming it would be section S but how would this relate to Paraplanes/Powered Parachutes?

    Also where can I get a copy of the syllabus of instruction for learning to fly the above.

    Cheers

    David

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    Self Propelled Hang Glider or Foot Launched Microlight experience to NPPL(Microlight) (Powered
    Parachute)

    The holder of a BMAA or BHPA Self Propelled Hang Glider or Foot Launched Microlight Pilot Rating
    who wishes to obtain a NPPL (Microlight) (Powered Parachute) shall:

    a. Produce log book or log sheet evidence of having completed at least 5 hours experience on
    foot launched SPHG or FLM aircraft in the 12 months prior to licence application;

    b. Hold a current BMAA or BHPA SPHG/FLM Pilot Rating;

    c. Complete the following flight training:

    (1) For applicants for the NPPL (Microlight) (Powered Parachute) with Operational
    Limitations, complete flight training of not less than 2 hours on Powered Parachutes
    under the supervision of an instructor authorised to conduct training for the NPPL
    (Microlight) (Powered Parachute), to include:
    (a) Not less than 1 hour solo PIC within the 9 months before licence application;
    (b) Not less than 15 take-offs and full stop landings, of which 6 must be solo PIC
    flown within the 9 months before licence application;

    (2) For applicants for the NPPL (Microlight) (Powered Parachute) without Operational
    Limitations, complete flight training of not less than 5 hours on Powered Parachutes
    under the supervision of an instructor authorised to conduct training for the NPPL
    (Microlight) (Powered Parachute), to include :
    (a) Not less than 5 hours solo PIC within the 9 months before licence application;
    (b) Not less than 15 take-offs and full stop landings, of which 6 must be solo PIC
    flown within the 9 months before licence application.
    (c) Navigation training, to include:
    (i) Not less than 2 hours solo PIC within the 9 months before licence
    application, including;
    (ii) One cross-country flight of at least 25 nautical miles during which the
    applicant landed at at least one other site not less than 10 nautical miles
    from the site of departure;

    d. Within the 12 months before licence application, pass the Microlight theoretical knowledge
    examinations in Aviation Law (Microlight), Human Performance and Limitations, Navigation,
    Meteorology and Aircraft General (Powered Parachutes);

    e. Within the 9 months before licence application, pass the oral examination in Aircraft Type
    (Powered Parachutes);

    f. Hold a valid NPPL Medical Declaration or JAR-FCL Class 1 or 2 medical certificate;

    g. Pass a Powered Parachute Flight Test with an Examiner authorised to conduct tests on
    Powered Parachutes.

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    OFFICIAL CAA NOTICE :

    POWERED PARACHUTE
    All flying training must be carried out under the supervision
    of a flying instructor holding a valid AFI rating or a FI rating
    on the type of powered parachute on which the training is
    conducted. Solo flying may only be carried out when the
    flying instructor is present at the take-off site at which the
    flight commences.
    Flight in any powered parachute is acceptable and should
    follow either the dual training system for a two seat
    aeroplane or the solo training system for a single seat
    aeroplane.
    Applicants may obtain either an “unrestricted” licence
    or a “restricted” licence (which includes operational
    limitations).
    With Operational Limitations
    Applicants shall be required to produce evidence of having
    satisfactorily completed a course of training to a syllabus
    recognised by the CAA and pass a Flight Test. The
    syllabus of training must provide for a minimum of 4 hours
    of flight time in a powered parachute including not less
    than 1 hour as solo PIC and not less than 25 take-offs and
    full stop landings of which at least 6 must be as solo PIC
    in the 9 months prior to the date of application. In addition
    applicants will be required to pass a GFT. The Flight Test
    can be included in the minimum 4 hours of flight time.
    The licence will impose the following constraints on the
    licence holder:-
    Limitation 1:
    The licence is valid only for flights within the United
    Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man; provided
    that it shall be valid for flights within the territory of other
    Contracting States with the prior written permission of the
    appropriate Authority of such States.
    Limitation 2:
    No person in addition to the pilot shall be carried in the
    aeroplane other than a qualified flying instructor in an
    aeroplane equipped with dual controls provided that where
    the pilot has gained not less than 15 hours experience on
    Powered Parachute aeroplanes, including not less than 6
    hours as solo PIC and such experience has been entered
    in his personal flying log book and has been certified by
    a person authorised by the CAA in writing to sign Cs of T
    or Cs of E in a Private Pilot’s Licence, then this Limitation
    (numbered 2) shall cease to apply.
    Limitation 3:
    No flight shall commence or continue unless:
    a. the surface wind speed is 10 knots or less, and
    b. there is no cloud below 1000 feet above ground level
    over the take-off site and over the planned route
    including the landing site, and
    c. the flight can be conducted in a flight visibility of not
    less than 10 kilometres.
    Limitation 4:
    The aeroplane shall not fly further than 8 nautical miles
    from the take-off site.
    Limitation 5:
    No flight shall commence or continue at night.
    Limitation 6:
    The aeroplane shall not fly over any congested area of a
    city, town or settlement.
    Note: The Limitation No. 2 will cease to apply without
    application to the Authority when the minimum flying
    experience quoted in the Limitation has been achieved.
    Limitations No. 3 & 4 will be removed from the licence, free
    of charge, on application to the Authority when the holder
    of the licence has obtained at least 15 hours experience
    in Powered Parachutes, including at least 5 hours training
    in flight navigation in Powered Parachutes, supervised by
    a flying instructor, within the 9 months prior to the date of
    application for the removal of the limitations. This navigational
    shall include two 25 nm solo cross-country flights,
    during each of which the applicant landed at least at one
    other site not less than 10 nm from the take-off site at
    which the flight began. The two-solo cross-country flights
    must be flown over different routes and to different sites.
    Without Operational Limitations
    Applicants shall be required to produce evidence of
    having satisfactorily completed a course of training to a
    syllabus recognised by the CAA and pass a Flight Test.
    The syllabus of training must provide for a minimum of
    15 hours of flight time in a powered parachute supervised
    by a flying instructor in a powered parachute. The total
    must include not less than 6 hours as solo PIC, not less
    than 25 take-offs and full stop landings of which at least
    6 must be as solo PIC, not less than 5 hours training in
    navigation during which at least 3 hours must be as solo
    PIC and must include two solo 25nm cross-country flights
    during each of which the applicant landed at least at one
    other site not less than 10nm from the take-off site at
    which the flight began. The two solo cross-country flights
    must be flown over different routes and to different sites.
    The hours laid down must be within the 9 months prior to
    the date of application. The Flight Test can be included in
    the minimum 15 hours of flight time.
    Credits from Flying Training
    Non-UK licence holders and military pilots who have
    previous experience on Powered Parachutes should
    contact the BMAA for details of any credits that may be
    given.
    Theoretical Knowledge Examination Requirements
    An applicant for a Powered Parachute licence is currently
    required to pass theoretical knowledge examinations in
    the following subjects:-
    1. Aviation Law, Flight Rules & Procedures
    2. Human Performance & Limitations
    3. Navigation & meteorology
    4. Aircraft (General)
    5. Aircraft (Type) (Oral as part of the GFT)
    Examinations 1, 2 and 3 are common to Microlights and
    Powered Parachutes. The Aircraft (General) and Aircraft
    (Type) are specific to Powered Parachutes.
    Credits from Examinations
    • The holder of a valid Non-UK Pilot’s licence
    (Aeroplanes) issued by another ICAO Contracting
    State may be credited the examinations in
    Navigation, meteorology, Aircraft (General) and
    Aircraft (Type).
    • A QSP in the UK Armed Forces may be credited
    the examinations in Navigation, meteorology and
    Aircraft (General).
    • A holder of a valid UK or another ICAO Contracting
    State’s Flight Navigator’s Licence and UK Military
    Navigators may be credited the examinations in
    Navigation and meteorology.
    Flight Test
    Applicants are required to pass the General Flight Test
    conducted by a CAA authorised PPL Powered Parachute
    Examiner in a Powered Parachute.
    C6.4 NPPL MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
    An applicant for a NPPL shall hold a valid NPPL medical
    declaration (DVLA Group 1 or Group 2 Standard) or a JARFCL
    medical certificate. For full information regarding the
    medical requirements please refer to the CAA web site at
    www.caa.co.uk.
    Re-validation
    In order to revalidate a NPPL, the holder requires a
    valid aircraft class rating and valid medical certificate or
    declaration, appropriate to the NPPL, at the time of revalidation.
    For the revalidation requirements for NPPL aircraft class
    ratings, please refer to Section F6.

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    Non SSDR compliant powered parachutes have to meet section S - which contains specific paragraphs for parawings. The trike unit has to follow the generic requirements applicable to trikes, and fixedwing - landing gear, engine mounts, seats, harnessess etc

    Paul

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    PS section S on CAA website - CAP 482

    P

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    Hi Davy,
    I think you will find that AAA Microlights could do tutition for you
    Give Chris Hassell a call. Get the number from the web site below.

    http://www.aaamicrolight.com/


    Hope this helps
    Regards
    Simon

    davy bolam wrote:
    Hello chaps.

    I have just been looking at a powered parachute and this looks like a nice cheap method for SSDR.

    I wonder if anyone can answer the following questions?

    If you were to build an SSDR powered parachute and wanted to subsequently develop a 2 seater what would it have to meet to be legal in the UK. Ive looked through this website as much as possible and looked at the CAA website but cannot seem to find the answers?

    If anyone can provide me with a weblink that would be great.

    I am presuming it would be section S but how would this relate to Paraplanes/Powered Parachutes?

    Also where can I get a copy of the syllabus of instruction for learning to fly the above.

    Cheers

    David

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    thanks for all the replies. CAP482 is certainly an interesting read lol.

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    Also check out http://www.powrachute.co.uk/ -- they import the Powrachute Voyager, which is SSDR. Unfortunately their website needs some work, and their promised monthly newsletter has been a bit quiet, but the Voyager is a real PPC (by which I mean it has some sort of a cage to protect the pilot, and the parachute controls are foot-operated, so you have your hands free for charts, GPS, sandwiches, etc ....).

    I'd be very interested in a lightweight European-style PPG trike with foot controls, but I don't think one exists :-(

    Mike

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    Hello,

    Would I be correct in thinking that a powered parachute is not the same as a paramotor? I ask because it is not obvious to me whether the aircraft type being discussed is footlaunched or wheel launched. I would hope that the posts above only refer to wheel launched aircraft, otherwise the imposition of a licence for running around a muddy field seems a bit harsh.

    Best regards,

    Bob Hood

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    Sorry folks,

    Brainfade has taken over this afternoon. Of course it refers to wheeled aircraft otherwise you wouldn't be discussing SSDR versions. Doh!!

    Best regards,

    Bob Hood

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