Many people have joined the Aerochute community from recreational flyers who travel around the country exploring the local skies, to travellers and tour operators taking visitors on scenic flights and farmers who use it as a means to scour their property– even the military have acquired them in use of special operations.
The great thing is that you can use your Aerochute anywhere that has no restricted flight space. You just need a place to take-off and land making it the most convenient and accessible ways to fly.
There are a range of options for purchasing a new or pre-owned Aerochute, and learning to fly requires an RaAus Pilots license which takes about 15-20 hours of training. Once achieved where you can begin to enjoy the freedoms of owning and flying your very own Aerochute!
What’s an Aerochute?
The Aerochute is a two seater powered parachute designed specifically with safety and ease of operation in mind. It cannot stall or spin and in the case of an engine failure it simply lands safely as a parachute would making it the most fun, safe and affordable way to explore the skies.
The Aerochute is a form of aircraft registered under the civic Aviation Safety Authority definition as a Power Parachute. The Aerochute is a factory made aircraft conforming to strict civil aviation safety standards and is approved under civil aviation order 95-32 of the civil aviation safety authority (CASA). However, unlike traditional aircraft that have either a joystick or steering column that controls the three axis of flight, an Aerochute is flown just like a parachute.
Learning to Fly in an Aerochute
Learning to fly requires an RaAus Pilots license which takes about 15-20 hours of training which you can find out more about here!
The Aerochute takes off from the ground with the parachute behind you. Once the engine is started the propeller blows the canopy up and the Aerochute takes off within 10 – 15m. Climbing and descending is controlled by using power through a foot throttle. Steering toggles (similar to parachutists) are used to turn left and right. Landing is achieved by backing the power off and flaring the parachute just above the ground.
Climbing and descending is controlled by using power through a foot pedal throttle, steering toggles similar to parachutes are used to turn left and right. Landing is achieved by backing the power off and flaring the parachute just above the ground.
The best times for flight are early to mid-morning and early evening. This is when the air is smoothest and the thermal activity (those hidden bumps) are at their minimal. The first flight in the morning is the sunrise flight and provides an awe-inspiring view of the rising sun with its array of colour on the distant horizon.
The last flight of the evening is the sunset flight, and the same captivating sights of the setting sun provide a beautiful array of colour. Flight times are predominately determined by the wind strength and heat of the day. Strong winds and very hot temperatures create unstable air, which is not fun to fly in, therefore our instructors are extremely sensitive to our passengers comfort and will not fly if they consider the conditions unsuitable.
Contact us on 03 9354 2612 to find out more or book a trial flight with us today!