FAQ

You can found 5 types of questions about : Safety, Flying, Business opportunities & advertising, Costs, and Equipment servicing & maintenance.

SAFETY

 

Are Aerochutes safe to fly in ?
Yes.

What happens if the engine stops ?
You fly down as a parachute would and flare the canopy before landing.

What happens if my parachute rips ?
You can still land safely.

Has anyone died flying an Aerochute ?
No.

When should I fly ?
Anytime the wind is less then 15 knots. Best times are in the morning or evening.

What should I wear when I fly?
Wear warm clothes or a flying suit.

Do I need a helmet ?
Yes.

What are the most common accidents that occur ?
Taking off in strong winds and tipping the Aerochute over on the ground.


 

FLYING

 

Is an Aerochute an aircraft or an ultra light ?
The Aerochute is a group D ultra light, registered with the Recreation Aviation Australia (RAA).

How fast do they fly ?
Up to 60 km/h.

How high do they fly ?
The legal limit is 5000 ft, 1524 metres.

How long can they fly ?
Up to 3 hrs flying.

Where do you do the trial flights and training ?
We do trial flights and training at Werribee – 25 minutes from Melbourne CBD.
We also have flights available in NSW, QLD, SA and WA.

For other states contact the office.

When do you do the trail flights and training ?
7 days a week depending on weather. Flying times are between sunrise – 9.00am.

What is the lowest altitude I can fly at ?
Legally 300 ft or lower with permission from the property owner.

How many people can the Aerochute fly ?
2 persons with combined weight of 200 kg for Aerochute Dual or 240kg in the Hummerchute.

What kind of license do I need for flying an Aerochute ?
Recreation Aviation Australia (RAA) group D power parachute license.

Can I fly with a passenger ?
Yes. Once you have 30 hours flying experience and have passed a passenger endorsement exam.

Can I fly over the city ?
No.

Can I fly if its windy ?
Yes. Up to 15 knots.

Where should I fly ?
Outside controlled airspace and with permission from the property owner.

Where shouldn’t I fly ?
Not inside controlled airspace, not over a town and at least 500 metres from town boundary.

What do I need to wear when I fly ?
Wear warm clothes or a flying suit. No loose clothing should be worn including scarves.

Is the Aerochute Civil Aviation Safety Australia (CASA) approved ?
Yes.

Are there any Aerochute competitions ?
Yes. A National Aerochute competition held annually each Easter.

Is the Aerochute stable and comfortable to fly ?
Yes. As it uses four attachment points which makes flight very stable.

How much space do I need for take off ?
Take-off distance is 150 metres. Generally a football sized area is ample room for safe takeoff and landings.

Why do people buy an Aerochute ?
For their enjoyment and ease of use. Safety, affordability, portability and fullfilling a life long dream to fly.


 

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES & ADVERTISING

 

Do you offer any agent/instructor opportunities ?
Yes.

Can I be an agent/instructor for your Aerochutes ?
Yes if you meet the criteria.

If I buy an Aerochute through my business is it tax deductable ?
Yes, if it is used for advertising your business or as a farm machine.

If I buy an Aerochute as a business will you help with initial setup of business ?
Yes through our Aerochute Accredited Instructor course.


 

COSTS

 

How much are the Aerochutes to buy ?
The price can vary with the accessories you add so please contact us for a complete price.

How much do trial flights cost ?
$180 for a standard 15mins flight and $320 for a 25min deluxe flight which including lesson on how to land and take off.

How much does it cost to get a pilots license ?
Please contact us for details.

If I get my license and buy an Aerochute do you give a special price ?
Yes. You get a discount off the price (not inc pilot conversions).

How much are new parachutes ?
Please contact us for details.

What accessories do you sell ? How much are they ?
A list of accessories can be found in the Online Shopping or call the office.

How much is the trailer to tow the Aerochute with ?
Open trailers are approx. $1450. Enclosed trailers up to $4500.

Can I pay my Aerochute off in regular installments ?
Yes.


 

EQUIPMENT, SERVICING & MAINTENANCE

 

Where are the Aerochute’s made ?
The Aerochute is manufactured in Melbourne Australia.

How long do they take to make ?
Waiting periods are 2 – 4 weeks once an order is placed.

Do you provide any Warranty for the Aerochute ?
Yes. 12 months warranty on frame and parachute, and 6 months on the engine.

Where do I purchase spare parts ?
Please contact us to order spare parts.

Can I choose my own colors for the parachute ?
Yes. This may take longer to manufacture and has an additional cost.

Can I choose my own text and/or logo to be placed on the parachute ?
Yes, but this will incur an additional costs and time.

What kind of engine powers the Aerochute ?
Rotax 503 DCDI for the Aerochute Dual. Rotax 582 DCDI for the HummerChute.

How do I transport the Aerochute ?
On a trailer or in an Ute.

Does my Aerochute need to be stored under cover?
Yes. To protect it from weather.

How often do I service my Aerochute ?
– Every 25 hours for spark plugs.
– Every 100 hours gear oil, air filter and fuel filter and for parachute inspection.

Can I service the Aerochute myself ?
Yes. The basic engine service such as changing spark plug and oil can be serviced by yourself. The parachute must be serviced by Aerochute Industries or qualified rigger.