Why Choose Midwest Powered Paragliding’s National Training Center?
BlackHawk’s Network of National Powered Paragliding Training Centers feature the most complete and thorough training the industry has to offer. Midwest Powered Paragliding is a premier AUTHORIZED BlackHawk National Training Center. After years in the industry, Midwest Powered Paragliding has produced countless pilots, and has it down to a science. Students will gain the confidence and skills required to fly safely on their own in just 3-7 days. We offer both wheel and foot-launch instruction, allowing students to customize their flying experience with us. The relationships we build with our students is paramount to us. Our instructors spend time to get to know each student, so we can find the best way to convey the concepts of personal flight. It’s completely normal for people to learn in different ways, and at a different pace. We fully understand this, and create a customized training experience to meet each individuals needs. Additionally, Midwest Powered Paragliding specializes in helping students work within any limitations they may have. The goal of our training programs is to produce the best pilot possible. We want our students to go back home and have the confidence to enjoy this sport to it’s fullest potential. Age, physical condition, or any disabilities a student may have are taken into consideration and a customized program is implemented to accommodate each future pilot. Midwest Powered Paragliding provides exceptional customer support before AND after the sale. We invite you to come see firsthand, how the sport of Powered Paragliding can change your life forever!
Owner Dave Halcomb
I purchased my first Powered Paraglider in 1999 and have been flying just about everything available in the sport since it’s infancy. In 2003 I took on my first student and couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed teaching the sport. Having the opportunity to impact people’s lives in such a profound way is personally very rewarding. The look on my student’s face when he landed after his first flight was the picture worth a thousand words. Logging over 1000 flights to date without any incidents, I can teach you in all honesty how to fly a Powered Paraglider safely. I am a fully certified USPPA Instructor, and recently hit the 100th student mark.
My National Training Center is located in central Indiana, and we train at Franklin Flying Field – Located just 20 minutes south of Indianapolis. This is truly a complete and fully-functioning training facility. Unlike many instructors in the sport, Midwest PPG does not work out of the trunk of a car. Our spacious hanger at Franklin Flying Field works quite well in concert with this minimally active airport. We may hold up training for a few minutes while the skydivers land but then it’s back to work. A pretty cool way to spend an afternoon! Click HERE to contact me and get started on your life’s next great adventure!
Midwest Powered Paragliding National Training Center:
The dream of flying can be realized if you have what it takes. Foot launching a PPG is not as easy as it looks. You can’t just climb in and hit the throttle. Proper instruction with an experienced instructor is a must if you value your investment and your physical wellbeing. Your training will be structured in accordance with the USPPA syllabus. The goal is to get you through the course so that you may fly with confidence on your own. The majority of pilots that get through the course have their PPG2 within the first six months of their flying career.
Training Center Features:
*100 acres, with no power lines in sight.
*Smooth, flat, manicured grass to launch and land on.
*No less than three wind socks on sight.
*PPG flight simulator for rehearsing solo.
*Classroom with video projector and many useful videos for instruction.
*Golf cart and scooter for hauling gear from hanger to training area.
*100s of spare parts and tools for any problems we may encounter.
*Plenty of storage for your gear if you are staying at a nearby hotel for your training.
*Electric hang test winch for ease of adjusting hang points.
*Spare props… hope you don’t need them but…it happens.
*Rental and loaner gear in every size if your equipment is on order.
*Restrooms on sight.
*On sight FAA certified Airframe Power plant mechanic.
- TRAINING PRICES:
FOOT LAUNCH TRAINING:
With the Purchase of a Package: $1600
Without the Purchase of a Package: $2000
With the Purchase of a Package: $1200
Without the Purchase of a Package: $1600
Most students who do not camp-out or bring an RV, stay in the local hotel. Simply click HERE to contact me for recommendations.
This is a COMPLETE course to learn the “ins and outs” of Powered Paragliding. Our Paramotor Course will provide all the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and confidently fly on your own. We cover everything you will need to know about the equipment, properly setting up for a successful launch, how to stay safe in the air, and how to land. We will cover the fundamentals of basic machine maintenance, weather conditions, and many little “tricks” that would take years to acquire on your own. Class size is limited to ensure a one-on-one quality experience, so please call to reserve your spot. If you are rusty and haven’t flown in a while, we also offer FREE refresher courses to our students. We are here to serve you now and support you in the future!
JUST A FEW THINGS COVERED IN OUR BEGINNER TRAINING COURSE:
**A review of all the gear and understanding of the equipment
**A review of the different parts of a Paraglider, what they do, and why
**How to put the harness on, adjust it for comfort, and safety procedures for proper use
**Procedures for handling high-wind launches such as “reverse launching”
**Procedures for handling low or zero wind launches such as “forward launching”
**Beginner ground handling or “kiting” of the glider – This includes proper inflation and brake-toggle control
**How to control the wing while going from a reverse to forward launch position
**How to control the glider without a harness and various weight-shift techniques while on the ground or in flight
**Simulated launch techniques with and without the motor (both forward and reverse techniques)
**Powered winch tows for complete control of your first in-air experience
**Mastering flight or “glider control” before ever leaving the ground
**How to properly get into your harness after launching, and how to safely get out of the harness while landing
**A thorough discussion of your first solo flight which includes: launch technique, a flight course direction to safely follow, adjustment of the throttle, turning while in-flight, and landing procedures
**How to properly warm-up the motor for a long-lasting engine
**How to conduct a pre-flight safety inspection
**Handling of unpredictable conditions or situations in a safe and controlled manor
**Multiple touch-and-go flights to gain the confidence to fly without the instructor’s guidance
**Proper oil and gas mixtures, spark plug gaps, cleaning the engine, and other basic machine maintenance
**Glider maintenance for a long-life, including: folding, storing, and care methods
**Discussion of where and when to fly safely
**A review of the FAR part 103 regulations pertaining to the sport of Powered Paragliding
**A review of the various equipment and accessory options available on the market