GETTING THAT POWERED PARACHUTE SPORT PILOT LICENSE!!!

Let's assume you are beginning this process from scratch, meaning you do not already have a FAA Pilot's License.

First of all, this is a great aircraft to fly.   It is fun and offers enough challenge to make you feel like an accomplished pilot when you make the aircraft do what you want it to do.   It isn't difficult to learn to fly a PPC but it does require a few steps.

First, this is a light sport aircraft and it requires an FAA Sport Pilot License.   To get a license, you must find a CFI (here I am) and have a minimum of 12 hours of instruction to be signed-off for a checkride.   In those 12 hours, you have 10 hours of dual instruction and 2 hours of solo flight.

Second, you have to take and pass a written exam (not difficult to do) in order to be able to be signed-off for your checkride.   Also, I require the written to be passed before you solo.  But don't worry, you'll find the test easy to take once you have prepared for it and you will have some time before you will be ready to solo.

Third, you'll also need a Student Pilot's license which you get from a Designated Examiner (and after April 1, 2016 any CFI will be able to issue one to you).   This is really easy and during a day when we are training, I'll introduce you to the process and we'll fill out paperwork for the issuance of your license.  However, it will take a few weeks for the license to arrive.  Don't worry, we have lots of training to do before it is in your hands!

Lessons usually run 2 hours.    That includes some ground school, a flight briefing, and flight time.   These lessons are "one on one" which assures you get personal instruction and have lots of time to ask questions and develop your flying skills.

The cost of your lesson is $130 per flight hour.   That includes the ground school and flight time.     You'll learn in my aircraft which is a 130 hp AirWolf.   You'll take your dual in this aircraft, solo in this aircraft, and take your checkride in this aircraft.   So, all you have to do for training is study and bring your enthusiasm! 


CHECKLISTS


 Aircraft Exterior Inspection w/Engine Warm-up  912

Starting at the Front Wheel (proceed clockwise)

Front Axle Bolt and Nut in Place – no wheel wobble
Steering Tiller Attached - all Items on it Firmly in Place
Right Steering Bar in Place – Mounting Bolts and Nuts in Place
Right Steering Bar -  No Excessive Movement
Steering Bar Pulley Attached and Not Restricted
Steering Line not Frayed and Tied Off to Airframe
Right Line Lock in Place and Operational

Shake Unit to see if Anything is Loose
Front Seatbelt is Mounted – Loosen the belts
Insure CG Plate is Mounted Firmly and CG is Set Correctly
Line Pulley at CG Plate is attached and not Restricted
Gas Tank is Full – Remove Gas Cap to Visually Check
Replace Cap
Rear Seatbelt is Mounted – Loosen the belts
 

Right Shock Absorbers Firmly Mounted – Slight Movement When Pulled
Right Axle Bolt in Place
Right Axle Nut in Place
Confirm no Lateral Tire Movement – Note Torque Paint Not Damaged
Move Right Tang into Place
Check prop for Nicks or any Damage

Move Left Tang into Place
Check Gascolator for any signs of fuel leakage - insure safety wire is intact
Left Shock Absorbers Firmly Mounted – Slight Movement When Pulled
Left Axle Bolt in Place
Left Axle Nut in Place
Confirm no Lateral Tire Movement – Note Torque Paint Not Damaged
 

Insure CG Plate is Mounted Firmly and CG is Set Correctly
Line Pulley at CG Plate is attached and not Restricted
Left Steering Bar in Place – Mounting Bolts and Nuts in Place
Left Steering Bar -  No Excessive Movement
Steering Bar Pulley Attached and Not Restricted
Steering Line not Frayed and Tied Off to Airframe
Left Line Lock in Place and Operational


ENGINE WARM-UP


 Engine Warm-Up

Confirm all switches are in the “Off” position on the Instrument Panel

Return to Engine Area – Remove Oil Res. Cap - Place on Front Seat
Rotate the Prop Counter-clockwise until Oil Res. Burps
Oil Level Confirmed – Replace Oil Res. Cap
All Caps in Place
Minimum Fluid Level in Radiator Overflow Bottle
All Sparkplug wires in place
No Loose Items in Engine Area
 

Start Engine – Full Choke – No Throttle
Mags “ON” – EIS ‘OFF” – Start Switch "ON" – Boost Pump “ON” -
Let the Boost Pump Run for about 15 Seconds
Confirm no fuel is Exiting the Overflow Tubes on the Carburetors
CLEAR PROP!!!!!
Hold Start Switch Until Engine Starts
EIS “ON” – Insure Oil Pressure is over 12 psi
Boost Pump “OFF”
Choke “OFF”
RPM to 2400 Until Oil Temp is 120 degrees
RPM to 3000 Check Mags One at a Time for RPM Drop
Return to Idle – Wait a Few Seconds

Shutdown Engine – Mags “OFF” – EIS “OFF”- Start Switch “OFF” 
ALWAYS LEFT TO RIGHT




 Before Takeoff Checklist


Chute Lines Not Near Prop Ring – Untangled
Brief Passenger – Insure They are Buckled In
Get in Seat
Buckle Seat Belt
Eye Protection - Put On and Buckle Helmet
Turn on Radio/Intercom
Put on Gloves
Check Wind Direction