How To Fly a Powered Paraglider Trike : The Right Ultralight Trike for You


CHAD BASTIAN: Hi, this is Chad Bastian, welcome
to Expert Village. We’re here to talk about the trike buggy and PPG triking with paragliders.
Okay, in this segment, we’re going to be talking about choosing a PPG trike and why I developed
the trike buggy. So, many people are afraid of powered paragliding because they have to
carry this seventy pound thing on their back. Maybe they don’t have a good back or they
just don’t even want to risk their ankles and knees. So, now they have a way, they can
just sit down and fasten themselves in, set up the wing, and take off into flight. You
never have to carry the motor on your back. You don’t risk your ankles and knees when
you come into land because you have wheels. You can go as fast as you need to. Perhaps
the most feared condition in all of powered paragliding is no wind. When you show up and
you’re trying to launch your paraglider in zero wind with a seventy pound throbbing motor
on your back, it can get pretty dicey unless you’re really good at it and you have a technique
that works. Most people don’t like that. They like a little bit of wind so they can kite
the glider, turn around, and launch easily. But our smoothest time of day is right in
the very early morning or in the evening when there’s zero wind at all. With a trike, you
can just bring the kite up, roll off, and this extra speed is never a problem. So, that’s
a real nice factor. One of the things unique to the trike buggy and it’s on a couple of
PPG trikes but this one makes it really simple to bring the glider up, these are A-assists.
When the glider is back, it pulls the A’s forward but as the glider comes up, it stops
pulling the A’s, it goes back to its regular trim. In fact, this goes slack by the time
the glider comes all the way up. But when it’s back like this, it accelerates the A’s
to help it bring overhead. The great thing about this is that instead of pushing up with
your hands, we sometimes will push up more with the stronger hand or we’re throttling
with one hand so we tend to push more with that. We can be uneven with our arms but these
two A-assists always push up exactly evenly just the right amount and bring the ring overhead.
So, these are real benefit to someone especially with any kind of shoulder or just can’t reach.
It’s really nice to just sit and let the wing come overhead with the help of these A-assists.

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