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Best PPG resource
ever written!

Edition 4 released!
• New photos and graphics
• New launch and flying tricks
• Wheels chapter expanded
• Technology updates
• Typos corrected
PPG Bible4
The complete powered paragliding reference Book
by Jeff Goin
 
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$49.95 $39.95
 

Everything you need to know about paramotoring! From pulling the wing out of the bag to flying confidently in the national airspace system, the PPG Bible is a concise, easy to use reference guide with over 100 breathtaking color pictures and illustrations.

Learn the truths behind common myths. Get the secrets to hassle-free engine maintenance. Experienced already? Find out about advanced tips like flag flying, competition, and precision landing techniques.

The learning process never ends. The PPG Bible will be the perfect companion for years to come. More below.

Now the Powered Paragliding Bible is better than ever! Edition 4 has arrived. This major revision has many new tips, tricks, photos, and graphics. For those who already have earlier editions, Edition 4 will make a wonderful addition to your collection or a great gift for your flying buddy. Scroll down for Edition 4 samples and details.

 

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PPG Bible Review    

Jeff Goin and Dennis Pagen contribute to the community, again.

The Powered Paragliding Bible is the most comprehensive, and practical reference ever written for the sport, produced with quality rivaling coffee table picture books and encyclopedias.  How, or more appropriately, who would put that much production value into a book for such a minuscule market?  Read on.

In a few short weeks since its release, the PPG Bible has become the essential standard issue text at PPG schools around the globe.  Pilots with years of experience are amazed by what they didn't know.  Jeff Goin, the author, writes with a fresh clear style that is surpassed only by his 100 magnificent full color photos and illustrations.

The editor/publisher of the PPG Bible, Dennis Pagen, requires no introduction.  For over thirty years, he has authored a library of excellent reference books, which have made the name Dennis Pagen synonymous with expert knowledge in the foot launched and ultralight communities.

  About a year ago, Dennis was approached by Jeff with the idea of collaborating on a new book for PPG.  As president of the United States Powered Paragliding Association (USPPA.org), Jeff was building an incident database, and was concerned by number of serious cases, in particular those that occurred to students under instructor supervision.

Jeff had already made enormous progress towards educating the PPG community through USPPA's Risk and Reward DVD, hosted by William Shatner.  However, Jeff felt that greater breadth and depth coverage of emergency situations would further improve safety.  The trick was to get the information into the community in a way that would be accepted and utilized.

Jeff's idea was to package the safety information into a full-blown reference guide for starting and succeeding in powered paragliding, thus creating an essential tool for schools and a very powerful value proposition for existing pilots.  Dennis's response was concise as ever, "Great idea, Jeff.  You write it, I'll edit."

     
Save time, money,
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• Learn what to avoid.
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If any of these apply,
this book is for you!
• Considering PPG?
• Getting started?
• Cross Country Flying?
• Curious?
• Photography or Video?
• Want to compete?

 

 

 

So Jeff went to work.  Uniquely qualified, Jeff is an airline captain for Southwest with all the discipline and sophisticated training, along with years of PPG flight time in almost every wing and paramotor ever manufactured, in flight environments ranging from foot drags in Chicago snow to free flight thermaling in the California mountains.

However, Jeff's most important resource was his circle of friends in the powered paragliding and free flight community, the flight instructors.  For months, chapters of the book bounced back and forth between Jeff and more than twenty experts on towing, engine maintenance, aerodynamics, triking, ground handling, and more, searching for the absolute latest and definitive information.

Meanwhile, the visual content needed to be created.  Fortunately, Jeff is an avid photographer.  If you want to find Jeff in the sky, look for a pilot with a brake in one hand and a camera in the other.  Actually it's usually no brakes and two hands on the camera.  For the many unique photos he could not shoot himself, Jeff put the word out and hundreds of photos poured in ranging from amazing crashes to pets going tandem.

The key to a good reference book is illustrations that clearly support the text.  Jeff stretched his abilities with Photoshop to the limit to produce a unique blend of graphics and photos that create a real life yet instructive perspective.

Finally, it was time to edit.  Jeff's informal writing style put Dennis Pagen's skill, and probably his patience, to the test.  It was imperative to Jeff that all the information was practical, tidbits that you could easily take out into the field with you and actually use them.  In fact, Jeff personally tested every bit of knowledge out in the field to make sure it was correct AND clear.

As a newbie, getting the PPG Bible is a no-brainer.   From choosing equipment, your first solo, or the thought process in an emergency, this book has it all and more.  Even for experienced pilots, just one tip from this book can save you a lot of hassle and money and pain.  Free flight pilots transitioning to powered will find the Bible very valuable.  Because the book is well organized by subject, PG pilots will be able to quickly find and brush up on subjects like airspace, engine maintenance, and an entire chapter dedicated to PG to PPG transition.

Veteran PPG pilot Michael Purdy of World Talk Radio's Powered Paragliding Show summed up his read of the PPG Bible, "I didn't know what I didn't know."  Great job, Jeff, Dennis, and all those who contributed to this amazing work.

 
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Edition 4: what's new

This is our most important update so far, with large parts re-written, improved, and with better illustrations added. New or revised content reflects current technology and training methods. It is the first time that page counts have been redistributed, putting content where it's needed more. Clarity and focus were a major goal so, by using easy-to-understand 3D illustrations we were able to clarify airspace while reducing its page count by four.

Those additional four pages were put to good use in Chapter 3: Handling the Wing and Chapter 26: Choosing a Wing. Repetitive information, still present for convenience, has been reduced to make room for more, better and bigger illustrations along with relevant text.

There are six sections that, before, started with a grayscale stylized image. Each one now starts with a full color, high res photo -- it's just more fun this way.

Chapter 1: Now includes better information about towing, its risks, its benefits, and what to look for if offered. It also adds more about the throttle simulator. It has been made more concise which allowed adding a "Instructor Scoresheet" to help when looking for an instructor or school.

Chapter 2: Gearing up was heavily revised to reflect some of the innovations. Standard risers are retained and marked for easier reading while the more complex reflex risers were moved back to the expanded Chapter 26 where they really belong. Phone apps are included. A kiting harness guide was added in one convenient place. Instruments were updated to reflect what's more commonly seen.

Chapter 3 and 5 are the most important chapters in the book for new pilots and have been dramatically improved, including entirely new sequences of photos to clarify the processes. Photos are bigger, too, with graphics right on them so readers don't have to go back and forth to text as much.

The top three inflation methods are shown instead of only 1. These are what's most commonly being taught for forward launching in light winds. It illustrates and describes the how and why. The section on reverse inflations has been redone, too. Again, much larger images make it easier to see what's going on.

Information has been added or made more relevant regarding the differences in handling and launching smaller wings.

Chapter 4 has been made a bit more concise and had some image labeling improved.

Chapter 6 shows more wheeled options that are now commonly available including the 4-stroke options. Better illustrations have been used to show balancing. An illustrated crosswind launch makes the technique obvious. Readers will at least understand how its down!

An improved illustration has been used to show how the two different types of A-Assists work.

Chapter 7 added what to look for in a phone application.

Chapter 8 has very minor changes to improve ease of reading.

Chapter 9 has been completely revamped into a shorter but more concise read with better illustrations. Way better. It also references phone apps for being able to get free charts, at least in the U.S.

That somewhat confusing chart with Chicago's B & C airspace has been replaced with one showing a cut-way. We used the 3D software and photoshop to make it obvious how the charted airspace translates to reality. Arrows from the text help find what's being referenced.

Transition areas, Surface Area of E Airspace and G airspace up to 14,500' are now as clearly illustrated here as they were in the Airspace Video. In spite of this Chapter having 4 fewer pages (it's still got 10), it's more informative than before.

Chapter 10 needed only minor updates. It was made more concise which allowed for larger images.

Chapter 11 got several improved illustrations and text that should help clarify what's expected of pilots flying into controlled airports.

Chapter 12 was a big revision starting with images that were made appropriately bigger for clarity. Anti-torque vanes were added as one thing that could be used against torque effects. A picture and basic description of how lash starters work is included.

Considerations for installing a steerable reserve were added.

The troubleshooting guide of Chapter 12 has been updated and improved. You'll get a kick out of the final solution to one particularly thorny problem. It's in line with a slight increase in levity elsewhere -- just couldn't resist.

Chapter 16 includes a new illustration and description for "Finessing the Climb."

Chapter 18 has new pictures and more concise text on Advanced Maneuvers. There is a great illustration that shows surge and retreats (porpoises) along with where and what the risks are. Text is right on the illustration so you don't need to go back and forth.

Chapter 19 has, among other things, a new illustration on the "Downwind Demon" that is based on the animations done for Master Powered Paragliding 3. It clarifies visually the difference between flight path and ground track.

Chapter 20 has been revised with new photos and the demonstration competitions like Parabatix.

Chapter 21 now includes illustrations of the primary difference in reverse launch techniques and a way to brake both sides of the wing using them.

Chapter 23 has a cool new engine cutaway illustration, with pointers to its parts. Room was made by eliminating the duplicate description of "Suck, Squeeze, Bang & Blow" in the illustration since that text is already in the main body.

A picture and explanation has been added on flash starters.

The torque section has been completely redone with a chart that shows and describes each of the main twisting forces and its relative effect. This chart was built for the book and featured in an issue of Cross Country Magazine.

An illustration of the irrelevant "P Factor" has been added, mostly to show why it's irrelevant on paramotors and actually is trying to oppose the other forces.

Chapter 26 received a major revision, especially since we added 2 more pages. The loading chart now reflects the new reality of smaller wings. An entire sequence is shown on how advanced risers work, with arrows showing how their pulleys work when various controls are used. We clarify how these modern marvels provide so many control options and how manufacturers use different techniques to reach a design goal.

Speed wings get a half-page including some graphics. One graphic wonderfully illustrates how even a "beginner" speed wing, when heavily loaded, has dynamic handling fit only for experts.

A super simple and clear illustration shows the two primary ways that wing makers let pilots speed up their wares.

A fairly typical reflex riser illustration has been improved showing where the various controls go on a wing. It's bigger and color coded for easier following.

Chapter 27 also got a lot of new pictures and text starting with a motor, hanging magically in mid-air, that shows torque-opposing cage vanes. Hang points and the effect of pivot point is better shown. The section on "A Better Paramotor" is updated to included the availability of SafeStart.

Chapter 28 has been updated to reflect the role of smart phones as an accessory, how they can be used cheaply, and suggesting app types that are most helpful.

Chapter 32 now includes camera drones as tools to consider for aerial photography.

Overall

There are MANY other revisions and quite a few corrections. The entire book was gone through this time thanks to the enormous help of Tim Kaiser who has made it much better. He not only helped improve the content but prevented many errors. There will still be some, there always are, but there should be fewer of them.

Million Dollar Press

Every edition, including this one, is printed on a million dollar 6-color press and laminated so we decided to make the six Section covers full color pictures. They're beautiful. They were previously done with grey scales. It makes it that much more enjoyable to look through.

Here are images available for your websites and promotional material.

Physically

The cover is very slightly thinner and glossier with a better laminate. Although the page count is identical it is slightly thinner for easier shipping. Coated paper, as with previous editions, was used for a nice look. It is still a "perfect bound" build.

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