Powered Parachute Flying Handbook

The Powered Parachute Flying Handbook is designed as a technical manual for applicants who are preparing for a powered parachute category rating and for currently certificated powered parachute pilots who wish to improve their knowledge. Certificated flight instructors will find this handbook a valuable training aid, since detailed coverage of emergency procedures, components and systems, aerodynamics, powerplants, ground operations, flight maneuvers, airport operations, and aeronautical decision making is included. Topics, such as navigation and communication, use of flight information publications, and regulations are available in other Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publications.

This handbook conforms to pilot training and certification concepts established by the FAA. There are different ways of teaching, as well as performing flight procedures and maneuvers, and many variations in the explanations of aerodynamic theories and principles. This handbook adopts a selective method and concept of flying powered parachutes. The discussion and explanations reflect the most commonly used practices and principles. Occasionally the word “must” or similar language is used where the desired action is deemed critical. The use of such language is not intended to add to, interpret, or relieve a duty imposed by Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR).

It is essential for persons using this handbook to also become familiar with and apply the pertinent parts of 14 CFR, the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM), and the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25), all of which are available online at www.faa.gov. Performance standards for demonstrating competence required for pilot certification are prescribed in the appropriate powered parachute practical test standard (PTS).

The current Flight Standards Service airman training and testing material and subject matter knowledge codes for all airman certificates and ratings can be obtained from the FAA web site www.faa.gov.

The FAA greatly acknowledges the valuable assistance provided by many individuals and organizations throughout the aviation community whose expertise contributed to the preparation of this handbook.

This handbook may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402-9325, or from GPO’s web site. http://bookstore.gpo.gov

This handbook is also available for download, in pdf format, from the Regulatory Support Division’s (AFS-600) web site. http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/avs/offices/afs/afs600 This handbook is published by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Airmen Testing Standards Branch, AFS-630, P.O. Box 25082, Oklahoma City, OK 73125.

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