Don Sandell takes to the sky to get bird’s eye view of his crops at Fort Dodge. Flying a Six Chuter Legend Powered Parachute, Sandell has used his love of flying to see the big picture (and small details) of his soybean operation since 2005.
1. Shown poised on Sandell’s grassy runway, the two-seater legend goes low and slow, ranging from 29-32 mph, allowing Sandell to get right on top of his crops. “I’ve been able to go back and re-spray crops after seeing them from above. I can drop down four to five feet right above the crop, allowing me to see things I probably wouldn’t have from the ground.”
2. To fly a two-seater powered parachute, a sport pilot license is required, which is obtained through a written test, flight training and practical test. With additional training, pilots can do their own inspections and maintenance.
3. While flying can be exhilarating (and perhaps terrifying for some), powered parachutes are incredibly safe if flown correctly, due to their low speed and the fact that if the engine fails, the parachute glides the craft to a soft landing. Energy use is also low because of the slower speeds.
Cool factor. The Six Chuter Legend can reach altitudes of 10,000 feet above sea level. Sandell has flown at 2,000 feet, but doesn’t desire to go much higher.
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