I was recently asked about the possibility of a wingtip strike when landing in a typical light plane like a Cherokee or a Cessna 172. Specifically, I was asked about how far tha aileron control could be deflected without hitting the tarmac when one or both of the main landing gear is on the runway after landing at near stall speeds.
I will admit that I have never tried to hit the runway with my wing tip and I don't know anyone who has. However, it certainly can be done. Perhaps a better question is: what landing technique will guarantee that the wingtip does not strike the tarmac in a crosswind ?
One of the most popular flying activity and sport today is paragliding. Paragliding is relatively cheap and fairly safe. The average fatality rate per thousands USHGA members per year for the last 15 years is only 0.88. There is no license required for flying a paraglider, but if you have no experience at all, it's recommended to attend some education in any of the thousands paragliding clubs all over the world. A new paraglider costs about 5,000 USD while a second hand can be found for much less. Professional fly training typically costs between 1.000 USD and GBP 2.000 USD. There are motor paragliders who are probably the simplest powered flying machine. The motor paragliders (paramotors) let you start flying from the ground without the need of hills or winches.
Do you dream of soaring like a bird high above the earth, carefree and euphoric? You do not need to fly expensive aircraft. Try a powered parachute for the ultimate experience in flying.
In 1964, the precursor of the present day powered parachute (PPC), was patented. It was called a “Multi-Cell Wing” or “Parafoil”. In 2004, the present day version was made by Don Shaw who mounted an engine from a two-wheel motor scooter with a propeller and a parafoil. Powered parachutes are also called motorized parachutes or PPC. This is a parachute with a difference. It has a motor and comes equipped with wheels. It can fly at speeds of 25-35 miles per hour. These parachutes can operate at heights close to the ground or as high as 18,000 feet or more.
Stage A: Pre Solo
You will receive 5 hours of ground instruction and about 15 – 20 hours flight instruction. You will learn the basic maneuvers like take off, airspeed changes, straight and level flight, descents, landing, turns and Air Traffic Control procedures. As this is the basic learning stage, pay heed to the instructions, revise the maneuvers regularly and be thorough with the Air Traffic Control Procedures. It would be best to receive instructions from a trained flying instructor.