how, why and what?

A rapidly developing airsport which brings the dream of personal flight to everyone

Paramotoring or “Powered Paragliding” (PPG) is the latest in foot-launched ultralight aircraft. Around since the early 80s, Paramotoring has its origins in hang gliding and is an evolution of paragliding. While a standard paraglider is reliant on hills and the use of thermal conditions to self-launch, adding an engine enables take off to be achieved within a few paces from any suitable flat field.

  • A Paramotor is a fair weather machine and has a fuel duration of up to 3.5 hours, making cross-country flying a possibility
  • Once airborne, the engine can be switched off to use thermal or ridge lift to gain altitude or the natural glide of the airofoil wing
  • An electric or pull start re-starts the engine in mid-air, extending the range and possibilities of the ordinary paraglider
  • Quickly built and dismantled a Paramotor fits easily into a standard car making it the most compact and transportable aircraft available

The Powered Paragliding Bible

Learn it all with Jeff Goin’s widely acclaimed authoritative source on Paramotoring. Encompasses everything from equipment to first flight. Every pilot’s reference Bible!

Paramotoring – The Essential Guide

This Essential Guide by Parajet Team pilot Dean Eldridge is for pilots who want to know more about the skill, art and pleasure of flying a Paramotor. A must-have for every pilot!

Licensing & Regulation

SIMPLE RULES TO HELP YOU STAY SAFE

A paramotor is classed as a foot-launched ultralight aircraft and in most countries Paramotoring is a self-regulated sport. There are no formal licensing requirements associated with medical certification, training or operations. However, there are limitations on weather conditions, weight and daylight operations.

Parajet recommends you check with your local aviation authority to understand any restrictions that may be in place.

Pilots are strongly encouraged to undergo formal training at a certified Paramotor training school as well as having a good knowledge of and obeying the rules and regulations applying to local Airspace.

In the UK for example, much of the airspace is reserved for commercial air traffic, wildlife sanctuaries, military bases etc. Being in the wrong place and at the wrong altitude could be catastrophic – and at best land you with a huge fine.

Learning to navigate and read an Aeronautical Chart is not difficult and will be covered by your Paramotor instructor during your training.

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Flight School

More and more people are learning to fly, it’s easy and lots of fun

Training takes place at one of the many certified Paramotor training schools worldwide by a team of highly experienced and friendly instructors.

The syllabus is progressive and most students complete full training with a ten day course. Young or old you needn’t think it’s too difficult either; the techniques are easily picked up and you’ll see yourself improve quickly.

Once you’ve mastered the basic ground skills, the steps to getting into the air are straightforward.

Paramotoring does require a level of physical activity but most people should be able to cope once the correct techniques have been learnt. Typically, you can expect to be taking your first solo Paramotor flight around the third day of training.

Choosing equipment

TAKE YOUR TIME

With a huge choice on offer getting the right Paramotoring gear can seem overwhelming. It’s very important to make an informed decision, so talk with your instructor, fellow pilots and different manufacturers. Spend plenty of time doing this research and you wont go wrong.

The information below should help you gain sufficient knowledge of the various considerations. Alternatively, give one of our experts a call – we help new and old pilots choose the right gear every single day and offer packages for all skill levels.

To talk to an expert, call +44 (0)1747 830 575 or email info@parajet.com

Only four!

EASY STEPS TO TAKE-OFF

The best student is the one having the most fun

Learning to fly your Parajet Paramotor will bring you great joy and a sense of personal achievement while discovering an exciting new adventure sport. Having a good time is the cornerstone to our success. Come and learn with us – you’ll be up in the air and having a blast in no time!

Ground Handling

A fundamental skill in learning to fly a Paramotor is ground handling or ‘kiting’ the glider. You’ll learn all of the basics while remaining on the ground. Lots of practice responding to the glider and wind conditions will help build confidence and your instructor will help you progress quickly. Once you have the control to keep the glider overhead you’ll start short low-level airborne ‘hops’ with a tow or hill launch.

Adding Power

Adding a Paramotor to your back adds another element into the mix and there is a technique for you to master when relying on the engine to lift you into the air. Your instructor will give you a comprehensive introduction to your machine and help you fully understand the various adjustments available to configure the Paramotor for your physique and optimum flying style.

Your First Flight

A convergence of skills learnt over the past few days and the right conditions find you ready to take that first solo flight. You stand one leg forward with arms outstretched listening for instructions to come over your radio headset. Your instructor has three fingers outstretched; each digit ready to count you down to your first ever Paramotor launch.

Meteorology & Regulations

Knowledge makes you a better pilot and your course will give you a general understanding of some of the basic facts, concepts, scientific principles and language relating to meteorology and weather forecasting. You’ll explore the laws and regulations that govern our sport with an introduction to airspace rules, aeronautical charts and navigational skills.

Plan Your Day

Weather

Check the forecast and be prepared. The right clothing on a chilly, windy day can make the difference. Layering helps you regulate your personal temperature during those more physical activities when the heart rate increases.

Fuel Up

Drink some water and eat something - paramotoring requires a degree of physical activity, you're going to burn some calories for sure. It’s worth having a bottle of water at hand when out on the field too.

Good Time

Getting your gear together and walking across the field to your meeting spot can take a little longer than you think. And if you're there with time to spare, get to know your instructor, and let them get to know you.

Have Fun

Your Paramotor instructor is just as excited to teach you to fly as you are to learn. Relax, open up and enjoy yourself. The best student is the one having the most fun!

Calculating Your In-Flight Weight

Choosing Your Paramotor

Parajet offers two Paramotor airframes – the Zenith and Volution – both are available with a wide choice of engines. It is import for your safety and enjoyment to choose an engine that has the right amount of power. The primary factor in determining your engine choice is your in-flight weight, but there are other considerations including the altitude of your launch site and your physical abilities.

If your engine has insufficient power, your take off run will be longer and you’ll need a bigger launch site. If you do get airborne, you may not have adequate climb power to safely avoid obstacles. Although more thrust can make launching easier, powerful engines can be heavier, making handling on the ground more challenging. Bigger engines can be less efficient and will require more fuel impacting weight, flight time and range.

Engine manufacturers are continually improving their designs with significant improvements in weight and performance. However, it is worth noting that the horse power quotes from manufacturers are not always accurate.

Choosing Your Paraglider

The paraglider wing is known in aeronautical engineering as a ‘ram-air airfoil’. The glider is made up of two surfaces which are connected to internal supporting material in such a way as to form a row of cells. By leaving most of the cells open only at the leading edge, incoming air keeps the glider inflated, thus maintaining its shape. When inflated, the glider’s cross-section has the typical teardrop aerofoil shape. Paraglider wings are made of high-performance non-porous materials such as ripstop polyester or nylon fabric.

Choosing the right size glider ensures proper performance and safety. A glider that is too big will be prone to collapses in turbulence. One that is too small means your take off run will be too long and your landings will be too fast. The primary factor in determining your glider size is your in-flight weight. Typically, paramotor pilots should choose a glider that places them as close as possible to the upper end of the manufacturer’s weight range for a responsive and safe glider.

Reserve Parachute

For peace of mind many pilots fly with a reserve parachute which offers a last chance survival option in the unlikely case of a catastrophic wing failure or pilot error. Manufactured to high safety standards, the canopy is made of the latest, high quality materials and has been designed to deliver a comfortable descent rate. The reserve can be mounted in several different places for easy access in an emergency.

The reserve bridle is attached to the harness in such a way as to avoid entanglement during deployment. Parajet strongly advise proper installation by an experienced instructor or pilot and regular inspection to ensure correct working order.

Helmet

Parajet strongly recommend, and many Paramotor instructors insist, that pilots wear a protective helmet during both ground handling and during flight. When choosing your helmet, it is important to get the right size.

The helmet should not be loose which could obstruct your view, but neither so tight that you feel a continuous pressure on your head. Many good paramotoring helmets have high quality ear defenders to help cancel out engine noise. Some helmets can also be fitted with a radio communications headset for use with PMR and Airband radios. Many headsets feature a push-to-talk function either handheld or integrated into the headset unit itself.

Accessories

The industry offers a large number of gadgets and gizmos to compliment your flying experience. All of them have pros and cons but a key thing to remember is that if you bring it, you will have to carry, launch and fly with it. The best suggestion is to start small, adding additional equipment adds weight and a level of risk; things can come loose, be dropped and fall off.

Some accessories worth considering include a sturdy pair of boots; a good pair of gloves, a well-insulated jacket or flying suit to help maintain body temperature, a tachometer to help monitor engine hours and aid in maintenance schedules and a wind speed metre to help assess flying conditions.

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