Powered Paragliding Bible 4th Edition is HERE!
The wait is over! The highly-anticipated 4th Edition Powered Paragliding Bible is now available! The widely acclaimed authoritative source on powered paragliding encompasses everything from first sight to first flight. It combines knowledge and wisdom from the 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2014 #1 ranked pilot in the U.S., and many of the sport’s leading instructors. If you are just discovering the sport of Powered Paragliding, or have been in the Industry for years, this is THE book to have. You won’t find a more inclusive, easy-to-understand Powered Paragliding book anywhere else.
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What’s New in PPG Bible 4:
From first sight to first flight and way, WAY beyond! The world’s most complete guide to Powered Paragliding just got much better. This is our most important update so far, with large parts re-written, improved, and with better illustrations added. New or revised content reflects current technology and training methods. It is the first time that page counts have been redistributed, putting content where it’s needed more. Clarity and focus were a major goal so, by using easy-to-understand 3D illustrations we were able to clarify airspace while reducing its page count by four. Those additional four pages were put to good use in Chapter 3: Handling the Wing and Chapter 26: Choosing a Wing. Repetitive information, still present for convenience, has been reduced to make room for more, better and bigger illustrations along with relevant text. There are six sections that, before, started with a grayscale stylized image. Each one now starts with a full color, high res photo — it’s just more fun this way.
- Chapter 1: Now includes better information about towing, its risks, its benefits, and what to look for if offered. It also adds more about the throttle simulator. It has been made more concise which allowed adding an “Instructor Scoresheet” to help when looking for an instructor or school.
- Chapter 2: Gearing up was heavily revised to reflect some of the new innovations. Standard risers are retained and marked for easier reading while the more complex reflex risers were moved back to the expanded Chapter 26 where they really belong. Phone apps are included. A kiting harness guide was added in one convenient place. Instruments were updated to reflect what’s more commonly seen.
- Chapter 3 and 5 are the most important chapters in the book for new pilots and have been dramatically improved, including entirely new sequences of photos to clarify the processes. Photos are bigger, too, with graphics right on them so readers don’t have to go back and forth to text as much.
- The top three inflation methods are shown instead of only 1. These are most commonly being taught for forward launching in light winds. It illustrates and describes the how and why. The section on reverse inflations has been redone, too. Again, much larger images make it easier to see what’s going on.
- Information has been added or made more relevant regarding the differences in handling and launching smaller wings.
- Chapter 4 has been made a bit more concise and had some image labeling improved.
- Chapter 6 shows more wheeled options that are now commonly available including the 4-stroke options. Better illustrations have been used to show balancing. An illustrated crosswind launch makes the technique obvious. Readers will at least understand how it’s done.
- An improved illustration has been used to show how the two different types of A-Assists work.
- Chapter 7 added what to look for in a phone application.
- Chapter 8 has very minor changes to improve ease of reading.
- Chapter 9 has been completely revamped into a shorter but more concise read with better illustrations. Way better. It also references phone apps for being able to get free charts, at least in the U.S.
- That somewhat confusing chart with Chicago’s B & C airspace has been replaced with one showing a cut-way. We used the 3D software and photoshop to make it obvious how the charted airspace translates to reality. Arrows from the text help find what’s being referenced.
- Transition areas, Surface Area of E Airspace and G airspace up to 14,500′ are now as clearly illustrated here as they were in the Airspace Video. In spite of this Chapter having 4 fewer pages (it’s still got 10), it’s more informative than before.
- Chapter 10 needed only minor updates. It was made more concise which allowed for larger images.
- Chapter 11 got several improved illustrations and text that should help clarify what’s expected of pilots flying into controlled airports.
- Chapter 12 was a big revision starting with images that were made appropriately bigger for clarity. Anti-torque vanes were added as one advancement that could be used against torque effects. A picture and basic description of how flash starters work is included.
- Cover photo by Wesley Woo.
- Considerations for installing a steerable reserve were added.
- The troubleshooting guide of Chapter 12 has been updated and improved. You’ll get a kick out of the final solution to one particularly thorny problem. It’s in line with a slight increase in levity elsewhere — just couldn’t resist.
- Chapter 16 includes a new illustration and description for “Finessing the Climb.”
- Chapter 18 has new pictures and more concise text on Advanced Maneuvers. There is a great illustration that shows surge and retreats (porpoises) along with where and what the risks are.
- Text is right on the illustration so you don’t need to go back and forth.
- Chapter 19 has, among other things, a new illustration on the “Downwind Demon” that is based on the animations done for Master Powered Paragliding 3. It clarifies visually the difference between flight path and ground track.
- Chapter 20 has been revised with new photos and the demonstration competitions like Parabatix.
- Chapter 21 now includes illustrations of the primary differences between motor and free flight reverse launch techniques and how to brake both sides of the wing using these techniques.
- Chapter 23 has a cool new engine cutaway illustration, with pointers to its parts. Room was made by eliminating the duplicate description of “Suck, Squeeze, Bang & Blow” in the illustration since that text is already in the main body.
- A picture and explanation has been added on flash starters.
- The torque section has been completely redone with a chart that shows and describes each of the main twisting forces and its relative effect. This chart was built for the book and featured in an issue of Cross Country Magazine.
- An illustration of the irrelevant “P Factor” has been added, mostly to show why it’s irrelevant on paramotors and actually is trying to oppose the other forces.
- Chapter 26 received a major revision, especially since we added 2 more pages. The loading chart now reflects the new reality of smaller wings. An entire sequence is shown on how advanced risers work, with arrows showing how their pulleys work when various controls are used. We clarify how these modern marvels provide so many control options and how manufacturers use different techniques to reach a design goal.
- Speed wings get a half-page including some graphics. One graphic wonderfully illustrates how even a “beginner” speed wing, when heavily loaded, has dynamic handling fit only for experts.
- A super simple and clear illustration shows the two primary ways that wing makers let pilots speed up their wares.
- A fairly typical reflex riser illustration has been improved showing where the various controls go on a wing. It’s bigger and color coded for easier following.
- Chapter 27 also got a lot of new pictures and text starting with a motor, hanging magically in mid-air, that shows torque-opposing cage vanes. Hang points and the effect of pivot point is better shown. The section on “A Better Paramotor” is updated to include the availability of SafeStart.
- Chapter 28 has been updated to reflect the role of smart phones as an accessory, how they can be used cheaply, and suggesting app types that are most helpful.
- Chapter 32 now includes camera drones as tools to consider for aerial photography.
There are MANY other revisions and quite a few corrections. The entire book was gone through this time thanks to the enormous help of Tim Kaiser who has made it much better. He not only helped improve the content but prevented many errors. There will still be some, there always are, but there should be fewer of them.
Million Dollar Press: Every edition, including this one, is printed on a million dollar 6-color press and laminated so we decided to make the six Section covers full color pictures. They’re beautiful. They were previously done with grey scales. It makes it that much more enjoyable to look through.
Physically: The cover is very slightly thinner and glossier with a better laminate. Although the page count is identical it is slightly thinner for easier shipping. Coated paper, as with previous editions, was used for a nice look. It is still a “perfect bound” build.
PPG Bible Product Description:
Sections are devoted to pilots in various stages of their flying from raw beginner to competition expert including how to buy and setup your paramotor and, more importantly, how to minimize the risk in your flying. Invaluable information is laid out in an easy-reading format. This is the main book carried by most respected English speaking schools throughout the world. Besides flying, learn what you need to fly and thrive in congested airspace using 3D illustrations and practical explanations geared specifically to paramotor pilots. Divided into sections, it guides the complete beginner from understanding the gear, through solo, flying on their own (Section II) and then mastering the sport (Section III).
The most complete reference manual on Powered Paragliding just got better again! Lots better. Color has been improved, new diagrams added, existing diagrams improved, and new photo techniques clearly show progressive tasks, including launch and landing with animation extracts. There’s brand new material including more on reflex wings. New paramotor techniques and accumulated wisdom since edition 2 came out have been incorporated. Thanks to the many who have contributed suggestions and editing.
The fourth edition was our most ambitious undertaking since the book was written. Hundreds of hours were spent on editing, 3D animations, diagrams, and layout. This was our largest print run to date which helped keep the price down in spite of higher printing costs. Some material is best presented in a plain, easy-to-read book. It provides quick access to the exact subject matter with in-depth material that is digestible at your own pace. The PPG Bible is just such a book for the sport of paramotoring. It is a fun, informative, easy-to-understand and, most of all, thorough treatment on the subject of powered paragliding.
You’ll find a concise presentation of material for anyone serious about flying. It will be appreciated by those just learning to fly as well as those wanting to master the sport, to explore all it has to offer. There is complete, but understandable coverage of airspace and regulations as they apply to paramotor pilots. Edition Four has improved these diagrams even more and new text improves clarity on this sometimes difficult (and otherwise boring) subject.
The Powered Paragliding Bible 4 is For Those…
Considering the sport? This will tell you all about what trade-offs are made and what to avoid.
Just getting started? Know what to expect, and know how to prepare for training.
Setting out on your own? Clarify the vagaries of rotor, micro-meteorology, airspace, rules, field selection, etc.
Curious? This answers questions. Many, many questions about everything from aerodynamics to history.
Into photography? This will offer tips that may save much aggravation about getting good pictures from a PPG.
Thinking about competition? This has the lowdown on what it is, how it’s flown and, better yet, what to practice to become proficient.
If you have ever wondered about the sport of powered paragliding, this will answer your questions. Everything from selecting an instructor to buying gear to learning what to do with it. It starts out with most basic bits required using pictures to clarify better then words ever could. There are over two hundred pictures and diagrams in its 320 pages. It finishes with tips on mastering techniques required for the finest level of control. For the curious there is a thorough section on Understanding the Sport which delves into several areas such as the unusual aerodynamics of a craft on a swing.
Many practical tips for setting up gear are included. How to tie brake-line knots, how to set up a motor harness and how best to adjust it for preventing potentially deadly torque turns. These are just of few of the many useful pieces that can enhance your understanding of the sport or possibly save your life.
Complete coverage of the regulations and airspace includes the charts and material that make easy work of USPPA’s PPG3/Instructor Written test. This is practical information for the adventurous pilot who sets out for parts unknown – how to get what you need from sectional charts without bogging down in unnecessary detail. After getting the basics down, learn how to fly at airports, including controlled airports, and what you need to pull it off. Sample aircraft radio conversations with Air Traffic Control are included.
Many, many diagrams help make sense of complicated concepts and introduce some new ones. From the parts of the paramotor to Aerodynamics, our sport is explained in concise ways that encourage understanding. A real effort is made to avoid wordiness while keeping it interesting.
Clear up confusion on obtaining weather including detailed descriptions of using the Flight Service Stations.
Many eye-popping photos help the enjoyment and make it a great way to show others the sport.
The Powered Paragliding Bible Provides newcomers with everything needed to succeed at paramotoring, buy equipment and thrive in the sport. Six sections take the pilot from pulling a wing out of the bag through flying confidently in the national airspace system. All information is provided in a concise, practical way with over a hundred pictures and illustrations.
… to advanced pilots
Advanced topics from flag flying to competition are covered, too, along with the ramifications of the law. Many myths and misunderstandings are dealt with in the most thorough treatment of powered paragliding ever produced.
Every effort has been made to have clarity. If an editor didn’t understand what it was saying on the first pass, it was rewritten. Thanks for your patience, hopefully it will have been worth the wait.