An ultralight airplane is very different from a
conventional airplane. It looks like a lawn chair with
wings, weighs no more than 254 pounds, flies up to
60 miles an hour, and carries about 5 gallons of fuel.
Most ultralights are sold as kits and take about 40
hours to assemble. Flying an ultralight is so easy that
a pilot with no experience can fly one. Accidents are
rarely fatal or even serious because the ultralight
lands so slowly and gently and carries so little fuel.
Some models now have parachutes attached, while
others have parachute packs which pilots can wear.