What is Powered Paragliding?
A Powered paraglider is also called PPG or paramotor. It is an affordable, safe and legal form of recreational flight that uses a modern paraglider canopy attached to a backpack or small trike with a motor.
Is it safe?
With proper instruction, in nice conditions, PPG is possibly the safest of all forms of aviation and can be safer than most outdoor activities. However, an element of risk exists, where physical injury or even death can occur if the pilot has little regard for issues of safety.
Do I need a license or permit to operate a PPG?
No. Just follow some basic, common sense practices and regulations. Training with a qualified instructor is a very good idea that could save you a lot of money, headaches and your life.
Absolutely. These amazing flying machines look deceptively simple. But they are not. Find a qualified, experienced school and instructor who will help you with proper gear selection and training. It may not be a bad idea to request references, or ask how many students they have trainined, or ask to watch the instructor teaching to see if you want to trust your life to this person.
Why would I choose go to Airparamo?
Selecting a flight instructor, flight school, and flight company to learn to fly is a big decision that should not be taken lightly. Here is a list of good reasons to select Airparamo and Mo Sheldon for your paramotor flight needs.
How long has PPG been around?
The first PPG was developed in the late 1980's. However, the wing (paraglider) has been developed and perfected for over 30 years.
Is the equipment tested for safety?
Almost all paragliders are certified under very strict testing guidelines for construction, handling, collapse recovery, and failure. There are three recognized organizations for this: DHV, DHVL, and AFNOR. For your own safety, insist on a certified paraglider. Afterall, your life is hanging under it. As for the motor units and harnesses, there is only one independent formal testing agency and very few motor units conform to this.
How much does a unit weigh?
Depending on the model, between 45-75 pounds without gas.
How high can I fly?
As high as your oxygen will allow. Some pilots have reached altitudes exceeding 18,000 feet above sea level. Most pilots fly under 1,500 feet.
Between 15 and 25 mph.
What happens if the motor quits?
The part that allows us to fly, the paraglider, is an efficient gliders. You will gently float down.
How long can a flight last?
Up to 4 to 8 hours. Most flights range between 1/2 and 2 hours.
What weather conditions are suitable for flight?
Laminar, non-gusty winds less than 12 mph. Most pilots fly in the early morning or late afternoon. The air is calmest during these times.
Premium gasoline or AVgas with a 2-stroke oil mixture.
What about cost?
The initial investment can range between $7k to $15k depending on the equipment and accessories purchased. Training is an additional $495 to $1995 for a 4 to 10 day course.
After the initial investment is it expensive to fly?
Not at all. Fuel and minor maintenance is all that is required. The paramotor and paraglider are compact enough to fit in a small closet. And it all is easily transported in your car or truck.