Powered Parachute Flying Handbook

Chapter 11 — Approaches and Landings

Wing Control

The measured input of the flare is directly related to the leg extension of the pilot. For one-third flare, simultaneously push the steering controls out approximately one-third of your leg length. During a full-flare, you would be fully extending your legs to apply input to the steering controls; one-half flare, you would be pushing the controls out half of your full leg extension, and so on. [Figure 11-4]

For landings, the amount of flare needed is directly related to the descent rate. The steeper and faster the descent, the more flare input is required for a smooth landing. [Figure 11-5] Keep in mind the flare is converting forward momentum into lift. So, if the pilot is landing with a very slow descent rate, then the pilot would only need to apply one-third flare during the landing. Use full-flare during an engine-out descent, which is the steepest descent of a PPC, for landing.

A flare should be applied in a single 1-2-3 motion. Apply the flare smoothly, in a rhythmic, even, “1-2- 3” motion.

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