In this article, we will read about Powered Paragliding Bible Review. Is powered paragliding Bible worthy of your money and time? I think so, and today you will find out why through this post. You will certainly end up getting a copy for yourself after you find out what wonders this book can do to you.
If you have done your research about paramotoring, you must have come across people who are gossiping about how good powered paragliding Bible is. Pilots always recommended this book and paramotoring schools also have it in their syllabus of the training course.
When I initiated learning how to fly on a paramotor, I spent more than enough on the training and though I don’t require another paramotoring how to fly guide. But I always wondered what makes that one book so special and famous. I decided to help the beginners by giving a proper review and out of curiosity, I grabbed a deal on its copy from Amazon.
It’s a little pricey, and especially in the retail shops, you will be asked for more money. That’s why I searched a lot of places and Amazon was the cheapest platform to purchase it from. Here is the link to the copy of power paragliding Bible you can purchase from Amazon right now.
THE AUTHOR OF BIBLE: JEFF GOIN
People who paramotor are familiar with the name Jeff Goin. He knew he loved flying when he was just 13 years old, and he flew for the first time on an aircraft; a glider. After two years he was legally capable of driving. It influenced him to obtain a career in aviation and get a job in Southwest airlines.
He was passionate for paramotoring in 1999 itself. His friend questioned him about his thoughts on flying a powered paraglider. Once asked, he realise what a great idea it can be. He never heard about paramotoring, and he heard it with amazement when his friend explained how it all works.
Since then, Jeff secured his position in sports funding of U.S Power Paragliding Association shortly after learning to fly paramotor after two years in 2001. Jeff was a host in the show called the ‘powered paragliding show’ for almost 7 years. He got honoured by the Above and Beyond Award. It was given to him for writing the powered paragliding Bible for all the paramotors out there.
Jeff is the owner of multiple paramotors, hang glider trike, weight shift, Enstrom F-28 helicopter, and a Beechcraft Bonanza. He is making a living by being a full-time pilot Boeing 737 captain. As he is always thinking about paramotoring, he renames 737 as ‘The Big Trike’.
Powered Paragliding Bible Review: HISTORY
2005 was the year when the first edition of the original powered paragliding Bible got published. You’ll be surprised to know it took one year to make the book. Jeff also had to face criticism as he was a newbie in air sports at that time. It will be the 5th edition of the book in its 12th year of publishing. It’s important to keep the editions coming regarding the advanced technologies. Jeff has covered almost 18 years of paramotoring experience, which makes him one of the most qualified people to have advice.
Powered Paragliding Bible Review: EDITION 5
The paperback of 310 pages of this powered paragliding Bible edition 5 was released in 2018 January. However, this book’s ebook format is available on the internet, so you cannot download it digitally. You can only read it by purchasing the book. Here are all the books by Jeff Goin.
Hopefully, as time goes by, they will release in the markets if the book is doing well in the market. But for now, let’s go with online.
Powered Paragliding Bible Review
When I got the book, I saw an array of 32 chapters full of knowledge and information. A beginner pilot can learn everything from finding the right instructor to learning how to fly in difficult situations. You will also learn a lot about cattle herding.
Maybe you are not interested in building your paramotor, rescue, or cattle heard, it’s still interesting to read. If you’re into paramotoring, you should know all the aspects of it no matter your interest. A piece of information taken is never lost as long as you are paramotoring, who knows you will need it someday in the future.
You can read the table of contents in powered paragliding Bible and find out the section you need. There is an index at the backside. Before you even start reading, Jeff already clarifies that it’s not for beginners who are learning to paramotor. It means none of the things given in this book should be tried without a qualified instructor. Everything should be attempted after the training only.
You will find more than enough caution boxes that will provide you with helpful tricks and tips in almost every chapter. You need to pinpoint its common dangers and stay away from committing those mistakes.
Section one is all about training. You will know how you can reach out and get a perfect instructor or school, depending on your needs. Every pilot is different, and so are the expectations. You will also come across an instructor scoresheet that tells you everything a quality instructor must teach you. There are many inexperienced instructors out their training beginners. it can be highly useful to new pilots.
Jeff doesn’t promote other products on his page except for a DVD mentioned on page 10 of the book. Its name is the risk and reward DVD which I bought at the beginning of my paramotor training. I have to say it was beneficial to introduce me to the world of paramotoring as I was a complete beginner.
I highly recommend watching this video, even if it’s old. Also, you can try the series called master powered paragliding.
By instructors, you can learn about the paramotor wing and its different parts. You can know all about the seat board and wing cells—many terms like harness buckles, trim system, and risers. You can even learn to use the types of carabiners and find out which ones are not good.
You will be doing ground handling a lot at the beginning of your training period. It’s super important to nail ground handling and you will see all the details about it in chapter 3. The whole 17 pages will cover everything related to folding the wings and storing it properly, untangling the lines, etc.
Powered Paragliding Bible Review: FIRST FLIGHT
You will read about the preparation of your first flight in the 4th chapter. You will be taught about important pre-start checks and the preflight checks you should do before your every flight. You will be taught how to start your paramotor safely and how you can prevent injuries.
You may find a lot of tips and tricks here in case you fall into an emergency. You will read about tangles, failure of the brake line, turbulence, engine failure, unfastened leg straps, etc.
You can see these 3 handy checklists inside the back cover that help you deal with many problems. You can carry it with you on your first flight and get habitual of them by doing it for each flight.
Chapter 5 of the book is all about your first flight, and you will see Jeff stressing about the checklists and how important it is. Big or small, all checklists should be made and followed.
You will see some artwork of lapse photography that explains the process of launch in various steps. You will also see a troubleshooting guide for launch that will help pilots who struggle with low wind launches. The book will also cover everything about reverse section and how you can tackle problems related to that. It will teach you all about your first flight until you land.
Powered Paragliding Bible Review: QUADS AND TRIKES
Chapter 6 is all about trike and quad pilots. More people can fly if the launch is also corporated with wheels. Its a lot different from foot launching.
You will read a lot of things about landing, flying, launching and setting up of wheeled machines. You also get the array of super handy tips and time-lapse photos to help you with the launching process.
In section two, you will read about things that you should know after completing your training. You will be ready to take on your first flight by then without any instructor. For new pilots, it’s very nerve-wracking to judge the weather conditions. This section is about judging the weather effectively even as a beginner. You can examine a perfect flying condition and the basics about the weather. Also, you will find the situations that you must avoid no matter what to stay safe.
Jeff has covered the things you need to avoid during windy conditions. It includes rotor turbulence, wind shear and wind gradient. You also get handy tips using which you can decide the wind direction being away from the launch site and without a windsock. You will know a few things about forecast sources and tools that can help you conclude aviation weather. Other than that, you will see advanced meteorology in the latter part of the book.
In chapter 8, you will get introduced to the basic rules you must follow to avoid trouble with the law. You will learn about effective commercial use of paramotor and FAR 103 rule doesn’t let the pilot make money from their paramotors. However, there are few tricks that we can use to be flexible around these laws legally and make some money with the sport. It also explains the situation you will have to face if you break any law.
Jeff has also put another DVD called air space and law for ultralights. There are some ultralight regulations which you will understand in the DVD from animation and live-action.
Powered Paragliding Bible Review: FLYING SITES AND AIR SPACE
Airspace is a huge topic and it will take up all of chapter 9- a big 10-page explanation! The book will cover everything about letter meanings, airspace alphabet and types of air space. You must have knowledge of reading charts and everything related to its data. The book explains it in a much easier form with the help of pictures, drawings and charts.
Many examples are mentioned about tower talk about what you hear and handle the situations based on the control tower’s information. Aviation radios are never clear, so you will have to put extra stress in understanding the words. There will be a two-stroke engine making loud sound next to your mic, but you can avoid the confusion while you talk to the people in the tower with the help of phonetic alphabet.
Chapter 10 is all about choosing a safe site for paramotoring and also how to avoid site dangers. Paramotors are always under the risk of dangers caused by trees and buildings. The book has explained this kind of danger with the help of visuals and pictures. Jeff has also talked about uncontrolled airports and the controlled ones.
Powered Paragliding Bible Review: MAINTAINING AND SETTING UP THE EQUIPMENT
This chapter is completely about how efficiently you maintain or set up the equipment. You will get tips for setting up the speed bar, harness, and kick-in-bar, which I frankly am hearing for the first time. It also covers the topic of hand adjustment.
Then the book reaches the part where Jeff talks about the two-stroke engine. It also includes a troubleshooting chart that mentions all the problems a motor can face. The book certainly doesn’t tell you how you can replace the engine parts as it is a vast topic. Several engine manufacturers are available in the market, and that’s why it needs a whole other book to give its thorough information. However, the book will give you a few handy explanations that work commonly on the engine components.
Now, the further pages are completely dedicated to repairing and balancing the propeller. Everyone whether experienced or not can damage the poropellor at some point of his paramotor ride, that’s why this information is worth full for so many pilots.
You will then come across tips on keeping your wing airworthy how you can extend your wing’s life by replacing certain parts from time to time. You can stretch the lines easily that have shrunk due to excessive usage. It is all about repairing wing tears, adjusting brake lines and tieing break line knots. A couple of pages will then talk about repacking reserve parachutes and also how to set it up and maintain it.
Powered Paragliding Bible Review: FLYING CROSS COUNTRY WITH OTHERS
You need a good hold of planning and navigation when you want to do cross country flying. In this book, Jeff has shared his own experiences of cross country travels. Especially the section with pilotage attracted me as it was simple yet had effective illustrations.
You need to find out what things you need to avoid to keep yourself and other pilots safe during the flight. The book will cover a lot of information about formation flying and how you can rescue your partner if he undergoes an accident. You have no idea how dangerous it is to help someone else, and that’s why we need tips to stay safe in emergencies.
You can also read: Cross Country Paramotoring- Is it safe?
Powered Paragliding Bible Review: HOW CAN YOU MASTER THE SPORT?
Although it’s a great source of knowledge for beginner pilots, even the experienced pilots can find it very meaningful. This chapter begins with guidance on how you can clean your wing by putting it upside down. Jeff says it’s hard enough to get tiny dust particles out of the wing including grass, dirt, sand, and bugs.
During kiting, you can flip over the wing and then remove these materials. It is systematically explained with the help of pictures so you live through the process and it’s very clear to you.
The book will tell you how you can kite the wing even if you don’t have a harness. It’s an indication that you don’t need harness every time you fly. It involves four techniques which are explained roughly with stepwise pictures.
The book will explain how you can kite during high winds with a harness and also how to deal with the situation where you get lifted off your feet. Other important technicalities like correcting bad inflation, trike launch, inflation issues and leftwing techniques are also explained.
Another chapter is solely dedicated to the people who are passionate about paramotoring and need to take their passion to another level. The person reading this will find the animated images and drawings very helpful in this chapter. It’s sophisticated and systematic as huge amount of time was invested into perfecting this book.
This chapter is all about formations, foot-dragging, catching suspended targets, flying in turbulence and picking up objects. All of these terms are explain precisely as our safety is the main concern for Jeff.
Now the coming eight pages are covered with landing sites and challenges during the launch. You will learn why you shouldn’t go for launching at higher elevations. There are few reasons explained in this chapter, so you understand the motive behind this chapter. Also, Jeff has explained everything with the help of an example in the form of a story.
Powered Paragliding Bible Review: ADVANCED MANOEUVRES
If you wonder what it’s like to get upside down on paramotor, start reading chapter 18. The first thing you will see is a caution box that clearly explains a list of risk you will be exposed to in the situation of upside down. You can face this risk while practising rolls, loops, helli’s, and SAT’s. Also, it’s written that you should take an SIV course before you go for big tricks.
The chapter covers everything from steep turns, B-line stalls, big ears, wingovers, and spiral dives. All these are very fun to do, but you can face a dangerous risk if you don’t know how to do it properly. An emergency like approaching aircraft or cloudsuck can happen to anyone at any time. You know how to to get out of such situations and make yourself secure again.
We also need to know how to deal with the situation if manoeuvres go wrong. There is a list of malfunctions that can happen, and you must know how to recover from them.
Chapter 19 is dedicated to existing and new pilots about risk management. According to Jeff, there are 18 risky situations anyone can easily face. Any experienced pilot is surely guilty of at least two of them.
One more useful section called handling situation emergencies would give you tons of additional tips! Even if you try to avoid these situations, it can always happen. That’s why it’s a great read, as you get to know how to deal with accidental reserve deployment, cloud suck, stuck throttle, etc.
If you fancy competing in spot landing, simple kiting competition, navigation, slalom, endurance, you must finish this chapter. Jeff personally went in these competitions and that’s why he tells you exactly what happened and how.
Chapter 21 will tell you all the surprising effects and differences you can trust if you transition from paragliding. Even if you want to start free-flying, you will read all of its the necessary information in this chapter.
Next part covers everything about the theory of flight and aerodynamics involved in power paragliding. There are different kinds of forces a pilot experiences during paramotoring. A beginner pilot must understand these forces to tackle them down before going in the air. The book tells you how you are collapsing and how it creates the lift. These things will help you avoid dangerous situations which you can’t without proper knowledge.
Powered Paragliding Bible Review: MOTOR AND PROPELLER
Chapter 23 is all about working of the engines. All you want to know about four-stroke engines is explained thoroughly with the help of cutaway diagrams. What exactly happens inside the motor is explained in a precise manner. A carburettor section gives information about different parts of the engine and how they all work separately. The section is very useful for people flying a two-stroke engine as they are more prone to break at some point in future.
Powered Paragliding Bible Review: WIND AND WEATHER
Chapter 7 tells the basics of weather, but that’s not enough. Further lessons on wind and weather are required, which are mentioned in chapter 24. You will know what happens up there by reading this chapter.
This weather chapter covers everything, including yearly and daily cycles, thermals, fronts, and how you can predict thermals without even taking off. And then I believe this is something every pilot wishes to know. This information runs along with ten pages and is much appreciated by the beginners.
Powered Paragliding Bible Review: FINAL CHAPTERS
The final chapter doesn’t contribute to training beginners but talks about the history and the beginning of the sport.
Where to find accessories and gear- using paramotors and wings.
Transportation and traveling- how you can carry your paramotor on planes, racks for motorbikes.
Photography – how to take the best shots in the form of video and pictures from your paramotor.
Powered Paragliding Bible Review: CONCLUSION
After reading all this, we can conclude that the powered paragliding Bible is a good fit for beginners. However, many experienced pilots found it useful and were glad to read it. The book has it all and makes it easy to decide in extreme situations. The book has a lot more than I have reviewed as I will have to write a book to cover everything a book has!
I never read previous editions, but I like how they keep updating it and never ignore the modern equipment. Most of the photographs of previous editions are updated because of modern technology. All the information is relevant according to the year the book was published.
As said above, you cannot get this book on eBay or any online media. You can only read it by paying for the paperback. If you take paramotor is your passion, go ahead and start reading it. It takes a long time to figure out the things on yourself, which you could do very quickly with the book’s help. The safety advice is golden, and we will not get it from anywhere else. The powered paragliding Bible gives us tips to avoid the most usual and common accidents. If somehow it contributes to reducing our future injuries, it’s valuable.