PARATRIKES (POWERED PARACHUTES)
Normally consists of a fabric ram-air or parafoil 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 attached to the trailing edge of the ram-air or parafoil wing. Pulling on these lines manipulates the aerofoil shape of the wing, causing it to manoeuvre. The weight and aerodynamics of the trike will also influence control of the aircraft.
COST - Least expensive
TRAINING - Easy & quick to learn
TAKE-OFF & LANDING - Excellent performance
DESIGNS - Fewest available
RANGE - Shortest range
SPEED - Slowest cruise speeds