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Harmening High Flyers Powered Parachute
For those who what to enjoy flying “low and slow,” a powered parachute, which literally is a parachute with a motor and wheels, is the way to go. PPCs, as they are called, typically fly at about 25 mph at an elevation of between 500 and 1,500 feet. They have very short takeoff and landing rolls, do not require a runway, and can stay in the air between three and four hours. They are among the least expensive ways to fly with a relatively low price and extremely low operating costs which are only a small fraction of the cost for an airplane or helicopter. Single-seat models also can be flown without a license or flight instruction, though instruction is highly recommended! Two-place models are considered light sport aircraft and the pilot must have at least a sport plot certificate. They are considered to be safer that fixed-wing aircraft due to their inherent stability, limited response to control inputs and stall resistance.
The Museum’s example was built by Harmening High Flyers of Genoa, IL that was a manufacturer of powered parachutes until 2006. They supplied kits that could be completed in about 30-40 hours. Models included two and four-stroke engines and were configured with either one or two seats. While no longer produced, High Flyers continue to be a popular choice among PPC enthusiasts.