Already a proficient paragliding pilot or completed a beginner paraglider course and want to crossover to paramotoring? Then we can help.
verb – A period of waiting, pause, interval, or delay until the narrow window of flyable conditions finally opens. An ancillary sport to paragliding; practiced while sitting on launch, hour after hour.
What flying means to each of us is difficult to describe. It’s being in the moment at a few thousand feet. That lasting excitement that lingers long after the moment has passed. Yet at times, those precious sought-after moments are wasted by that other facet of the sport – parawaiting.
How many times has it been the wind’s not the right direction or it’s not strong enough. That the ideal place to launch from is hours away by car and needs arranging with the club or landowner. Then after all that, if you bomb out you need to hitchhike back to the car.
For many pilots, paragliding and paramotoring seem like polar opposites but there’s nothing stopping you doing both. To reap the rewards that a paramotor has to offer and experience more time to fly.
Paramotors can launch without any reliance on wind, and can be airborne for many hours without thermal activity. These are perfect conditions and create smooth, safe flights.
Finding an adequate hill can be a challenge and means there’s usually a climb involved. A paramotor is much more versatile and can be launched from practically any flat field.
A drop in wind or thermic activity can lead to a paraglider landing in undesirable spots and find some way of getting home. A paramotor will easily return to the same launch site.
Let’s face it, being able to fly is downright awesome. A paramotor offers you the ability to get out there, get airborne and do more of what you love. It’s a win, win!
From bulky, heavy handmade monstrosities to today’s high-tech precision engineered aircraft, paramotoring has perhaps evolved more than you think.
The drive to increase comfort, fuel efficiency and improve the strength and performance of the airframe is leading manufacturers to move towards lighter materials such as titanium and in some cases, carbon fibre.
Optimised centre of gravity combined with agile and responsive weight-shift emanates the handling characteristics of free-flight with manoeuvrability so precise, that the paramotor feels like part of your body.
Manufacturers have invested considerably into design, research and development. This increased thought and care into creating engines that are built to last means you don’t end up spending a fortune on repairs.
Modern paramotor engines are light on fuel consumption but still pack a punch when it comes to power. Combine 2-4.2 litres/hour with a 17 litre fuel tank and you’re in prime position to clock up the miles.
If you are a rated paraglider pilot looking to learn the skills needed to convert to paramotoring then we can offer a conversion course via one of our partnered paramotor instructors or training schools. As an experienced pilot you should already know most of the theory, air law, meteorology and be proficient at ground handling, in which case you should only need one or two days training with most pilots get airborne on day one.
Through our vast network of partner training schools, we want to help expand the flying opportunities for paraglider pilots. To make your flying more inclusive of weather conditions, more accessible and feel less like a chore, enter your details here to find your nearest instructor.
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