The following message is an unpaid endorsement:
www.flightjunkies.com At first I was a bit skeptical about this site but discovered that he doesn't mark up the equipment prices any more than all the other distributors, yet still offers free training. All the other schools charge around $1500 for training and charge more than just expenses to travel to your location. Since I intend to fly mostly in this area, it makes sense to train here given that most of the schools are at or close to sea level and TFL is at 3200' AMSL (altitude you fly from makes a difference). His claims about the equipment he sells is backed up by a good number of PPG websites. I have spoken to Capt. Kurt Fister a bunch of times as well as several of his former students - he has trained over 800. I have read more than enough off the web and from a couple of books (and watched a lot of videos) to make an informed decision. All in all - I am sold on Flight Junkies.
I will have to cover his travel and room and board in order to bring him here for training. Thanks to old/still active frequent flyer miles on American Airlines, that is a piece of cake. Putting him up and keeping him fed will be easy - plenty of room in the barn and Ben'n'Bud are willing to share the alfalfa. I put this out on Facebook so I thought I would mention it here...If anyone in the area has been thinking about getting into the sport, now is the time to get a great deal without having to travel to a school. Just order a motor and wing (and a trike if you aren't up to foot launching) from Kurt and you can get in on the free training at TFL offer. I am shooting for March or April. If you have any questions, Kurt is happy to talk to you about the sport - just give him a call at 330-554-9194. Powered paragliding has risks of course as does any form of aviation. It is as safe as you make it by staying within experience and weather constraints. Getting into the air under power doesn't come any cheaper - and no license required. It would be nice to find some local folks that really want to do this so I won't have to always fly alone and just wave to all the folks that are still earthbound. 51,67,40,0,C,0