PARATRIKES (POWERED PARACHUTES)

Normally consists of a fabric ram-air wing and trike unit.  Seating can be tandem (one behind the other) or side-by-side.

Control is via loop handles connected to control (brake) lines, which are attached to trailing edge of the ram-air wing.  Pulling on these lines manipulates the aerofoil of the wing causing it to manoeuvre.  The weight and aerodynamics of the trike will also influence control of the aircraft.

PROS

COST - Least expensive

TRAINING - Easy & quick to learn 

TAKE-OFF & LANDING - Excellent performance

CONS

DESIGNS - Fewest available

RANGE - Shortest range 

SPEED - Slowest cruise speeds

SUMMARY

Amazing views and ideal if you're learning on a budget