Mo's Cool PPG Pics and Stories

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“When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
Leonardo da Vinci
Here you will find a collection of Powered Paragliding (PPG) pictures and stories compliled by Maurice "Mo" Sheldon, a PPG dealer and instructor of Airparamo in Arizona.

Use the links at the top of the page or below to navigate the different sections. If you have any suggestions for additions, ommissions, or changes, please send me an email to

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Site Last Updated

Oct 17, 2002 - Added new adventure.
May 10, 2002 - Removed some links
Mar 20, 2002 - Lots of bug fixes, redid link names
Feb 9, 2002 - Added two new adventures.
Jan 24, 2002 - Lot's of fixes and additions: Added "20 Rules of Flight" page; added info to the "Mods, Fixes & Inventions" page and "Equipment List" page.
Jan 21, 2002 - Added new adventure; added "Cool" link below.
Jan 17, 2002 - Fixed small details; added more info to "Equipment" page.
Jan 14, 2002 - Added ten new adventures.
Dec 20, 2001 - Added a new adventure with video.
Dec 19, 2001 - Added several new adventures and video.
Oct 24, 2001 - Added a new adventure.
Oct 22, 2001 - Added four new adventures.
20 Rules of Flight (Modified for PPG)
An incredibly insightful list of PPG do's and don'ts.

PPG Mods, Fixes & Inventions
Some useful PPG modifications, fixes and inventions.

PPG Equipment List
Some of Mo's equipment recommendations and
a list of what to take with you when you PPG.

Some of the main reasons why I PPG.

Cool PPG Links

Local Stuff
Airparamo - My PPG instrctor and dealer website
AZPPG - Arizona Powered Paragliding
AZPPG Bulletin Board - Our local BBS
Alas de Arizona - Southern Arizona PG
Alas de Arizona Bulletin Board
Southern Arizona Hang Glider Association
Steve and Georgia Daum PG Images of Tucson

Great PPG Links - Great PPG resource
Pilot's PPG Club - Forum for PPG enthusiasts
Aero Sports Connection (ASC)
US Powered Paragliding Association
Paraglide America - Group PPGing across USA
Fly Above All Video Clips - Lots of video
Mojos Gear - Good Place for PPG gear
Big Air Paragliding - Lots of PPG, PG, and HG info
Paramotorist Magazine - Useful PPG resource site
Alex Varv's PPG Inventions
Newbies Guide to PPG - basic source of info
Ed's World Connection - PPG & PG info & links

Other Cool Links
Cluster Balooning - People who ARE crazier than us!
Into The Wind - Unique windsocks and other gear
Pilot Portal - "The pilot's Superstore"
Summary of FAR 103 - describes Ultralight regulations
A nice 4 stroke, 5 cylinder radial engine - only 11 lbs.

20 Rules of Flight (Modified for PPG)

  1. Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.

  2. If you let the throttle out, the houses get bigger. If you push the throttle in, they get smaller. That is, unless you push the throttle in and pull on the brakes real hard, then they get bigger again.

  3. Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous.

  4. It's always better to be down here wishing you were up there than up there wishing you were down here.

  5. The ONLY time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.

  6. A 'good' landing is one from which you can walk away. A 'great' landing is one after which they can use the PPG again.

  7. Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.

  8. The probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival. Large angle of arrival, small probability of survival and vice versa.

  9. Stay out of clouds. The silver lining everyone keeps talking about might be another airplane going in the opposite direction. Reliable sources also report that mountains have been known to hide out in clouds.

  10. Always try to keep the number of landings you make equal to the number of take offs you've made.

  11. There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.

  12. You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.

  13. If all you can see is ground that's going round and round and all you can hear is commotion coming from your wing flapping around you, things are not at all as they should be.

  14. In the ongoing battle between objects travelling through the air and the ground not travelling at all, the ground has yet to lose.

  15. Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, experience usually comes from bad judgment.

  16. It's always a good idea to keep the pilot end going forward as much as possible.

  17. Keep looking around. There's always something you've missed. (Isn't that why they came up with checklists?)

  18. Remember, gravity is not just a good idea. It's the law. And it's not subject to repeal.

  19. The three most useless things to a pilot are the altitude above you, runway behind you and a tenth of a second ago.

  20. There are old pilots and there are bold pilots. There are, however, few old, bold pilots.
August 30, 2002 to September 2, 2002 - San Carlos, Mexico

February 1-5, 2002 - Ocotillo Wells PPG Convention

January 24-29, 2002 - Lake Pleasant, Casa Grande

January 18, 2002 - Tod's BiMax

January 13, 2002 - Casa Grande (McCartney), Queen Creek

January 12, 2002 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

January 11, 2002 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

January 5, 2002 - Luckett

January 2, 2002 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

January 1, 2002 - Palomino

December 30, 2001 - Palomino - Bad Day

December 29, 2001 - Queen Creek

December 28, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

December 20, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

December 19, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

December 14-16, 2001 - Socorro Balloon Rally, NM

December 2, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

November 29, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

November 17, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

November 2, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

October 23, 2001 - Lake Pleasant

October 18, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

October 15, 2001 - Queen Creek

October 11, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

October 5, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

September 29-30, 2001 - Elephant Butte, NM Fly-At

September 26, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

September 18, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

September 11, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

September 5, 2001 - Lake Pleasant

August 30, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney) XC

August 28, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

August 23, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney) XC

August 21, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney) XC

August 18, 2001 - Lake Pleasant

August 16, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney) FlyIn

August 13, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney) with the Folks

August 2, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

July 31, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

July 24, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

July 19, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

July 17, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

July 12, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

July 2, 2001 - Post Ranch

June 30, 2001 - Lake Pleasant Fly In

June 9, 2001 - Benson Airport

June 2, 2001 - Casa Grande (McCartney)

May 26, 2001 - Queen Creek Fly-In

May 19, 2001 - Queen Creek

May 15, 2001 - Marana

May 12, 2001 - Casa Grande Fly-In & Scooter

May 5, 2001 - Casa Grande

Apr 28, 2001 - Casa Grande

Feb 24, 2001 - Marana

June 10, 1999 - Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri

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