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Those with a really intense desire to fly have probably looked into getting their general aviation license, contemplated spending the thousands of dollars and many hours required to get a license, more thousands of dollars to buy a plane, and more yet to rent hanger space, and maintain the aircraft. And after all that, they realize that flying a Cessna is fun, but not at all what they had dreamed of.
In the early 80s, a new flying machine was invented, the powered parachute (PPC). Crude at first, it has evolved into the ultimate personal flying machine. Able to fly slowly just above the tree tops, or ascend to over 10,000 feet, safely, affordably, and comfortably. The PPC is indeed the ultimate personal flying machine.
I know, it seems too good to be true, but thanks to technology, almost anyone can live their flying dreams with a PPC. The basics of flying a PPC can be learned in as little as one afternoon. Buying one will cost less than the family car, and no license is required. It can be stored in the garage, and towed to the airstrip on an inexpensive trailer. Most maintenance can be performed by the owner.
Flying the PPC is pure pleasure. No worry about stall or spin. You can just relax and enjoy the experience. Speed is slow, about 26 mph at all times, although climb rate is comparable with many (general aviation) GA aircraft. Wind in your face is minimal at 26 mph, and your hands are free for taking unbelievable photographs.
If you're interested in learning more about PPC flying,