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A Beginner's Guide to Powered Parachutes

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Brian in front of an F-4 Phantom at the Mid-America Air Museum in Liberal, Kansas


"A Beginner’s Guide to Powered Parachutes" is 2 hours and 34 minutes long, it is FitzGerald's fourth independent video regarding the sport of Ultralight Flying and is available on DVD and VHS.

Like his other movies, "A Beginner’s Guide to Powered Parachutes" comprises in depth interviews with professionals in the sport of Powered Parachutes.

Ben Morrow of Liberty, Missouri; Randy Jackson of Fort Collins, Colorado; and Ken Kelly of Topeka, Kansas share some of the knowledge they have gained from many years of involvement in general and sport aviation. Scores of topics involving all aspects of the growing sport of Powered Parachutes are covered.

All three of these men are leaders in the field of sport aviation and are gifted with an ability to transmit their knowledge and insight about aviation.

In keeping with his dedication to a "free skies" philosophy, "A Beginner’s Guide to Powered Parachutes" was produced in continuing support of self regulation of the sport of ultralight flying. It is FitzGerald’s belief that members of the ultralight community are obligated to learn from more experienced aviators. There is no need to "re-invent the wheel" every time a novice takes to the air. That is why his previous productions and the new release, "A Beginner’s Guide to Powered Parachutes" provide novices with an opportunity to learn from top, experienced aviators in a casual "discussion" video format.

"A Beginner’s Guide to Powered Parachutes" was shot and edited over a 2.5 year span at locations in Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and Texas..

In addition to the talks with the instructors, there are numerous "music video" segments featuring Powered Parachutes flying to the accompaniment of music written and performed by FitzGerald.

Ben Morrow
Ben Morrow on the flight line of his training field near Leavenworth, Kansas

Ben Morrow is a former Federal Aviation Administration official. He has "mucho" hours in single and multi-engine aircraft. Since retiring from the FAA, he and his wife have established a dealership for sales of Powered Parachutes and training of pilots. They are both very active in Powered Parachute clubs and associations and Ben has worked diligently to establish standards for Powered Parachute manufacturers.

Ben maintains the "North American Powered Parachute Federation" (NAPPF) Website.

Click here to go to NAPPF.

Randy Jackson
Randy Jackson poses with one of his trainers against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains

Randy Jackson is a businessman with homes in three states and one outside the country where he maintains various holdings. As he says it, he was "hooked" by Powered Parachutes after an initial ride given to him by a business associate. He now is one of the top dealers for the manufacturer he represents and has trained nearly a hundred pilots to fly Powered Parachutes.

Ken Kelly
Ken Kelly with one of his training machines.

Ken Kelly is a businessman & entreprenure with experience in General Aviation and "Fixed Wing" ultralights. He has found his aviation home with Powered Parachutes. He is one of the top dealers in the country for the Powered Parachute manufacturer he represents and trains dozens of pilots a year at the beautiful flight park he owns.

Ken maintains a website about his business.

Click here to go to it.