Our Aircraft

Introducing our revolutionary aircraft models: the Airwolf and Pegasus! Extensive research, development, and testing were dedicated to crafting these exceptional flying machines. We meticulously evaluated the top brands of airframes, engines, chutes, and propellers in the industry to create the ultimate prototypes.

Our primary focus was on designing an airframe that exemplifies simplicity, cleanliness, and strength, with meticulous attention to detail. We made significant improvements right from the start. By implementing chromoly frame rails that run the entire length of the airframe, we ensured a robust structure for secure engine and suspension mounting. We recognized that the rear end of a PPC undergoes tremendous strain from engine and propeller vibrations, as well as less-than-perfect landings. Therefore, we developed a design that safeguards against propeller destruction.

We took innovation a step further by minimizing the number of junctions, nuts, and bolts present in traditional PPC airframes. We eliminated the tiny channel brackets, plastic saddles, and multiple tubes, replacing them with single-piece radiused engine support tubes, precision-machined 6061T6 Aluminum extruded brackets, and 6061T6 Aluminum saddles. This enhancement not only simplified the construction but also ensured a more streamlined and efficient design.

To guarantee structural integrity and longevity, we meticulously plugged every tube. Unlike other PPC designs that only plug structural areas, we took the extra step of plugging every single tube. This eliminates the risk of tube deformation caused by overtightened bolts and prevents elongation of drilled holes over time. Each plug is precisely machined, given a nitrogen treatment at -400F, and installed. As a result, moisture is effectively sealed out, mitigating future corrosion concerns.

One of our notable improvements is the one-piece A-arm suspension. This ingeniously designed component enhances performance and durability. Before bending the A-arm, we insert a 3″ piece of 6061T6 Aluminum bar stock into the center of the axle bolt hole, creating a solid connection point for the wheel. This innovative approach allows the A-arm to move freely in an up and down motion, perfectly complementing the hydraulic spring-over shock or upgraded air adjustable shocks.

We paid close attention to the fan guard area as well. While other designs utilize brackets, bolts, and rivets to connect the hoop ring to the fan guard support arms, we took a different approach. By using liquid nitrogen, we freeze and shrink the plugs used on the fan guard support arms, enabling them to securely attach to the ring. As the plug returns to room temperature, it expands and locks into place, providing a seamless and clean finish. The machined recess on the saddles joining the tubes and fan guard supports further enhances the overall aesthetic. Completing the junction, we incorporated another saddle and a 3 ½ stainless lag screw that seamlessly screws into the plug sweated into the fan guard support.

We also introduced frontal fuselage bars, an innovative feature that provides enhanced safety for pilots and passengers. Initially criticized by our competitors, these bars have now become a standard or optional offering for most manufacturers. The frontal fuselage bars not only offer added roll-over protection but also strengthen the frame from the pylon to the nose wheel, ensuring an extra measure of safety that we are proud to provide.

Our decision to build bolt-together frames rather than welded frames stems from our commitment to constructing reliable aircraft, not race cars or motorcycles. We prioritize the use of certified component parts in our designs, such as AN Hardware that meets military specifications and aircraft-grade 6061 T6 aluminum. While a welded frame relies on the expertise of the welder and necessitates x-ray or magniflux testing, our bolt-together frames offer greater fail-safe capabilities. Additionally, in the event of damage, it is far easier to replace specific parts, sparing you the hassle of locating a fabricator or attempting repairs yourself. Achieving a seamless match to the factory powdercoat job is also hassle-free.

We understand that some may question why we don’t build lighter aircraft. While it may seem like a straightforward solution that reduces production costs, we firmly believe that sacrificing structural integrity is not an option. In consultation with leading parachute design engineers, Bill Gargano of Quantum Parachutes and John LeBlanc of Performance Design, we embarked on developing and testing the high narrow attach system. Through extensive flights at various spread distances, we discovered exceptional performance benefits. The Pegasus excels in flight stability, significantly reducing rocking movements often experienced with low and wide spreads. Traditional stair-step climbs are nearly eliminated, and turning performance is unmatched.

The high more narrow attach system’s inspiration came from the skydiving world, where the parachute is attached to the shoulder area—high and narrow. In contrast, low and wide outriggers in PPCs provide the parachute with more leverage on the cart but result in pitching and rocking motions when subjected to gusts of wind. By employing the high and narrow attach, we have successfully minimized these effects, leading to a more stable and enjoyable flying experience.

But that’s not all! Our aircraft also deliver remarkable climb rates. The high attach position enables the lifting point to be significantly higher than the thrust line, allowing the cart to push out in front of the chute quicker. This alteration in the angle of attack shortens the takeoff roll once your chute is kited overhead. Unlike designs with thrust lines above the attach point that cause longer takeoff rolls, slower climbs, and pronounced stair-step climbs, the Pegasus ensures a steady, efficient ascent. While our predictions didn’t anticipate this outcome, we discovered these improvements through extensive flight testing.

Don’t just take our word for it! Conduct your own research, and you’ll find that the Airwolf and Pegasus are simply the best-powered parachutes your money can buy. Experience the unparalleled performance, safety features, and meticulous craftsmanship that define Powrachute aircraft.