Shadow of PPC from pilot POVBecoming a Sport Pilot and learning to fly a powered parachute (PPC) light-sport aircraft (LSA) is done through individualized instruction, so finding the right flight instructor and school is a very important first step. Learn how to choose the right instructor to match your learning style.

You may choose to call each flight school to discuss your interest in flight training, but it’s also a good idea to visit in person. Call ahead to ensure a flight instructor will be available to speak with you, give you a tour of the facilities, and show you the powered parachute LSA the school uses for training. You can either schedule your introductory flight while you’re there, or first visit other schools and then schedule your flight once you’ve decided on a school. Your introductory flight will include discussion with a flight instructor before the flight and then 30 to 60 minutes of flying.

Before you go up for that first exciting introductory flight be sure to do a thorough evaluation of each instructor and flight school using the tips on how to Find a Flight Instructor. Asking these questions will show the flight instructor that you have done your homework. Any good PPC instructor will be happy to answer these questions.