Wheel Launch Training Details

Course Price - $3250

Wheel launch training includes the same core curriculum as foot launch. The major difference is how glider ground handling is taught. While we encourage all pilots to learn how to kite their glider on foot, our wheel launch training course is very sensitive to students with difficulty spending long periods of time on their feet. Aspiring pilots with knee or back problems, or other physical limitations, will find our wheel launch program both a comfortable and enjoyable path to flight.

Pilots who choose to launch on trike or quad can expect to spend 7-8 days (consecutive) in the training process. This includes an extensive ground school, 3-6 hours of tow & powered 'kiting', then finally a series of 15-20 flights with progressively less instructor input. When you leave us, you'll be ready to safely and confidently identify suitable flying sites and weather, and launch, fly and land unsupervised.

Beginner wheel launch pilots have a narrower weather window in which to fly. Specifically, lighter winds are required at first. However, wheel launch pilots leave us with the same experience and confidence as our foot launch pilots.

Ready to Fly?

If you're ready to take the first steps towards flight or still have questions, fill out our New Pilot Training Application. We will get back to you to schedule a training date or assist you in any way.

New Pilot Training Application

Our course of instruction meets or exceeds the USPPA PPG1 & PPG2 Wheel Launch Program.

USPPA Ratings Program Details

Ground School

  • Aerodynamic Principles and Glider Dynamics

    Understanding how and why a wing flies is as important as knowing how to fly it. Students will learn the fundamentals of aerodynamics and the nuances and considerations of flying the special type of aircraft we fly.

  • Federal Airspace

    Just like on the road, there are rules in the sky. It's important for pilots to know how to safely and accurately navigate the different airspaces over the United States. You'll learn how to read FAA Sectional Charts, identify and avoid dangerous and prohibited areas, and scout out future flying trips away from your home field.

  • Weather

    One of the most critical skills a pilot can develop is an understanding of the weather. Our ability to fly safely depends on our ability to know the best weather conditions from the worst. Students will learn both macro- and micro-weather considerations and how to use all available resources to fly in safe air.

  • FAR Part 103

    As Ultralight Pilots, we're governed by Federal Aviation Regulation Part 103. All Paramotor pilots should know and understand these regulations in order to confidently fly your aircraft without fear of accidentally violating a law you didn't know existed.

  • Safety

    Being a safe pilot is a mindset. Not only will we give you the skills to fly safely, we'll teach you consistent pre- and post- flight safety checks, and the psychology necessary for a long career as a competent aviator.

Glider Handling Skills

Before a new pilot even attempts to fly, its necessary to have complete control of the glider on the ground. Wheel launching students will learn to inflate and hold their wing overhead during taxi and how to successfully transition from taxi to flight.

Successfully kiting the wing is one of the most challenging parts of training, but it's also a lot of fun to learn. Everyone picks it up at a different pace, but usually by the end of day 2, new students are getting the hang of it.

Your First Flights

Wheel launch training consists of the same core subject matter as foot launch. The main difference is in ground handling the glider. While wheel launch students are encouraged to learn ground handling to the degree of a foot launch pilot, wheel launch training is more sensitive to issues that might prevent a student from spending hours on their feet, like knee and back injuries.

Prior to solo, students rehearse their first flight, from beginning to end on the ground. There won't be any surprises when you take to the air for the first time and see the world from a whole new vantage. Solo day is the day we've been looking forward to, and for us as instructors, it's the most rewarding part of training.

After solo day, pilot confidence will increase rapidly as we continue to refine take-offs and landings. By flights 7 to 10, your instructors will begin stepping out of the process and allowing pilots to progress towards totally independent flight. Between 12 and 15 flights, we’ll start thinking about sending you home to finish developing your skills on your own, but we’re always available to talk over weather and flight considerations as needed.

Based on 32 reviews
micah lohrum
micah lohrum
Great guys! Great place to learn to fly!
Michael Vance
Michael Vance
Went to 3 different classes, learned more at Midwest by a long shot!! Very exciting, and thorough
Tom Cone
Tom Cone
Dave and Brad lent their expertise to help me with a review of my equipment and techniques
Ian The Real G
Ian The Real G
I am still flying 5 years later. Every day of class I was learning new critical information for safely piloting a PPG. Bottom line is if you want to fly PPG for a long time and stay alive you need lessons from a teacher with a ton of experience flying and teaching. Matt and Dave are the guys. This is as safe as it gets.
Jason Maurillo
Jason Maurillo
Training is great and the instructors are amazing at their jobs.
Ryan K.
Ryan K.
Dave and Brad were amazing instructors! I highly recommend Midwest PPG! This was a great way to learn about the community, proper techniques and how to fly safe!
Dylan Morris
Dylan Morris
I did my training in early August of 2022. Dave, Brad, and Matt were all phenomenal instructors. The classroom section was great and I feel like I have a great understanding behind the technical side of ppg. The actual flying was also great, they made sure that we understood all the mistakes we were making, and corrected them early. We even had the opportunity to do a cross country at the end of the week. Overall I would recommend MidwestPPG to anyone looking to get into the sport.
John Weed
John Weed
I trained at Midwest PPG in the Fall of 2021. Dave and Brad were super professional in how they run their training program. They prioritize safety above all else and after very thorough ground instruction, I felt very confident to take my first flights into the sky. Having those guys as calm voices on the radio when you have a million things going thru your head as a new pilot. is incredibly reassuring. They covered all the basics and then some in the their ground school and I can confidently say they are my go-to referral for anyone wanting to get into the sport.

Midwest Powered Paragliding

(317) 296-7888

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Open : 9 am - 5 pm EST


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Field Hours:

Hours at the training facility vary due to weather and training schedules.  Please call prior to coming.

Mailing Address:

7851 Shannon Lakes Way
Indianapolis, IN 46217

Training Facility:

3477 S 200 E
Franklin, IN 46131