TZMP conducts regular Paraplane patrols between 500 to 1500 ft AGL, at 25-35mph. Paraplanes, or Powered Parachutes can be used for close air support reconnaissance, ground skimming operations, or STO arial light sport maneuvers, and are conducted under part 103 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
The two primary control methods are accelerating engine power to control vertical rate of climb and deflecting the trailing edge of the parachute to turn the aircraft right or left. By flaring the chute a TZ pilot slows and temporarily gains additional lift, generally used during low-altitude flight and landing.
Paraplanes and helicopters are well equipped for near-ground flight
The power-off glide ratio of a powered parachute ranges from 3:1 to 6:1. Pilots must adjust flight patterns for the main hazards one faces while flying a powered parachute, associated with wind and obstacles. Flight should not be attempted in winds exceeding 10-15 mph or in gusty conditions Wind hazards include terrain-induced air disturbances called rotors and wake turbulence created by the passage of other aircraft referred to as wingtip vortices.