Do you want to fly? Here is a new idea: Powered parachutes became a recognized category of aircraft by the FAA in 2004. Since that time, no writer or publisher has taken on the task of writing a complete textbook that covers all aspects of powered parachute flight. That changed recently with the introduction of Roy’s Powered Parachute Book.
The author Roy Beisswenger, is a 22-year veteran of powered parachute instruction and became the first sport pilot, certified flight instructor, and FAA designated pilot examiner (DPE) for powered parachutes when the FAA began transitioning pilots to the sport pilot program in 2005. Since then he has continued to instruct and offer check rides to aspiring powered parachute pilots.
Interestingly, Beisswenger’s experience as an instructor and examiner motivated the writing of the book. Beisswenger explains, “Even though pilot applicants may bring any and all books and resources with them to a check ride, if those resources aren’t organized well, they are nearly useless. I can’t tell you the number of times an applicant has come for a check ride, got a question, and franticly scrambled through four or five books looking for the topic and the answer. Bringing everything into one book and then organizing it is critical for student study and for getting across the finish line at the time of the check ride.”
This 472 page book is organized into twenty-six chapters and two appendices. It contains a lot of never-seen-before content, particularly on powered parachute aerodynamics. Beisswenger noted, “Powered parachutes are heavier and more powerful today than they have ever been. That has created safety issues for those who aren’t familiar with the specific aerodynamics applicable to this kind of flight.”
Many images are an important part of most textbooks and Roy’s Powered Parachute Book contains high-quality photography as well as detailed color drawings explaining important concepts. From weather to the specific steps one needs to take to lay out and stow a parachute, it is all illustrated as well as explained.
The lega aspect: The FAA’s regulations pertaining to powered parachute operations are spread out in ten “Parts” and are interspersed with a lot of regulations that have nothing to do with powered parachutes or sport aviation. Roy’s Powered Parachute Book offers a ‘curated collection’ of all of regulations a sport pilot is responsible for knowing and even includes regulations on aircraft maintenance that aren’t found in a typical FAR/AIM book.
The Roy’s Powered Parachute Book includes the FAA’s practical test standards (PTS) for sport pilots as an appendix. And as a study aid, the areas in the PTS are cross-referenced back to specific content in the book. That should be a big help to those student pilots sitting across from a DPE for their checkride!
Roy’s Powered Parachute Book is available at http://www.PoweredParachuteBook.com.