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My name is Terry Lutke, and I love to fly!

Some years ago I came into Para flying as an aviation novice. Like many others I’d always liked the idea of learning to fly, but given the investment of money and time required for a private pilot license, it just never happened.

One day I was out for a drive with my wife and I came upon some powered parachute pilots getting ready to launch their machines from a farmer’s field. In just a few minutes they had their machines unloaded from small trailers, and were lined up ready to fly. In a flurry of noise and wind the colorful paragliders fluttered to life, and after a short taxi the flyers were climbing away in a graceful arc. From that moment I was smitten by Para-flying! Within a week or two I’d found a place to begin my training, and after my instructional first flight knew I had made the right choice.

I use the term ‘Para-flying’ because there are several types of powered flying machines that share nylon ram air parachute technology as wings. All ram air parachutes have upper and lower nylon sheets which are sewn tightly together along the rear
seam. However, the front of the parachute has openings allowing air to ‘ram’ between upper and lower nylon sheets to create the shape of a lifting airfoil. The top and bottom nylon sheets are connect internally by nylon strips running front to back sewn to both upper and lower sheets. These strips create a series of cells; these cells hold the upper and lower sheets in a constant position to each other as forward motion literally ‘rams’ air into the front of the parachute. Since the back end of the ram air parachute is sealed, the canopy becomes slightly pressurized internally as it is moved forward; once pressurized the canopy assumes a designed airfoil shape and begins to create substantial lift. Now it has become a real wing and it’s ready to fly!

As these things go, Para-flying has become big business over the years; the once simple Para-flying machines have become gas guzzling, expensive behemoths costing 10’s of thousands to buy and maintain. Drive line repair parts for these machines come from overseas and can cost many times what you would expect to pay (try $400-500 for a muffler!) The price of most Para-flying gear and maintenance is now far out of reach of the average guys flying budget

In 2008 I decided to develop the Falcon PPG line as a compact 3 wheel Para-flyer that uses a safe efficient ram air wing, and employs a very common economical 4 stroke engine for propulsion. Everything about the Falcon is geared toward reliability, safety, ease of repair, very low fuel consumption, and affordability. All Falcon airframes are fabricated of welded steel tubing, and each frame design is weight stressed tested to over 5 times flying weight!

The 4 stroke industrial engine was selected for low maintenance, highest possible reliability, and very low fuel use. The 4 stroke power plant is an un-modified industrial V-2 engine (The motor is a popular American brand), that can be repaired at any good lawn and garden store in most any town in world.

The 4 sheave belt reduction drive is custom built just for the Falcon. This long belt re-drive allows the motor to be placed very low in the frame for optimal weight distribution.




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