Powered Parachute Flying Handbook

Chapter 5 — Preflight and Ground Operations

Get Ready to Fly

Your preflight preparations should include evaluating the airworthiness of the:

• Pilot: experience, sleep, food and water, drugs/ medications, stress, illness
• Aircraft: fuel, weight (does not exceed maximum), density altitude, takeoff and landing requirements, equipment
• EnVironment: weather conditions and forecast for departure and destination airfields and route of flight, runway lengths
• External pressures: schedules, available alternatives, purpose of flight

Often remembered as PAVE, it is important for you to consider each of these factors and establish your own personal minimums for flying.

Once you determine the PAVE factors are favorable for flight, you should obtain a weather briefing, check the loading is completed, take a short drive, stop, and check for rubbing or chafing of components.

Prior to taking the trailer on the road, inspect the tires for proper inflation and adequate tread; check all lights to make sure they are operating; ensure the hitch is free moving and well lubricated; make sure the vehicle attachment is rated for the weight of the trailer; check the vehicle and trailer brake operation.

When using a trailer, there are other precautions to note. First, avoid towing with too much or too little tongue weight as this causes the trailer to fishtail at certain speeds, and it may become uncontrollable. Second, take care when unloading the PPC to avoid damage.

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