- What is Powered Paragliding?
Paramotoring or “Powered Paragliding” (PPG) is the latest in foot-launched ultralight aircraft and offers everyone the opportunity to experience the freedom and excitement of personal flight.
The Powered Paraglider consists of a small petrol engine that drives a propeller, and the whole unit is strapped to your back as you fly beneath a paraglider wing.
- Are there age restrictions?
While there are no official age restrictions, most Powered Paraglider training schools will not take on a student pilot younger than 14 years of age. Similarly, there is no upper age limit either. However, Powered Paragliding does require a certain amount of physical activity but all levels of fitness should be able to cope once correct technique has been learnt.
- Is Powered Paragliding safe?
Yes and enormously good fun! Powered Paragliding is one of the easiest and safest forms of flight to master and offers the kind of flying experience that is unmatched by other forms of aviation.
The key to Powered Paraglider safety and its ease of operation lies in the glider’s pendulum stability, returning to level flight whenever the controls are released. With such excellent stability, the glider almost flies itself.
While engine cut-out situations are rare, should this happen the Powered Paraglider simply glides down with full steering control available to the pilot. For added piece of mind, pilots are also recommended to fly with a reserve parachute.
- Where can I learn?
Learning to fly your Parajet Powered Paraglider is safe, easy and enormously good fun. With hands-on lessons from the best-trained instructors, anyone can experience the thrill and excitement of personal flight. Parajet have a large worldwide network of approved (PMC, BHPA, APPI & USPPA) flight centres providing professional training with highly experienced and friendly instructors. With small student-to-teacher ratios, the majority of students complete full training within a 10 day course
Parajet highly recommend and endorse the following training syllabuses:
- The Paramotor Club (PMC)
- British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association (BHPA)
- Association of Powered Paragliding Instructors (APPI)
- United States Powered Paragliding Association (USPPA)
- Do I need a Pilots License?
Classed as a foot-launched ultralight aircraft, in most countries paramotoring is a self-regulated sport and there are no formal licensing requirements.
Parajet strongly encourages pilots to undergo formal training at a certified Powered Paraglider training school as well as having a good knowledge of and obeying the rules and regulations applying to local Airspace.
Parajet recommends you check with your local aviation authority to understand any restrictions that may be in place.
- Do I need insurance?
Parajet highly recommends getting adequate insurance before taking to the skies. In the majority of countries worldwide you're not legally obliged to have insurance, but a good policy that includes third-party liability cover protects you against far more than simply the risk of theft of equipment.
This will protect you should you have an accident in which you are deemed at fault, have caused injury to third parties or damaged third party property.
- Where can I fly?
Pilots are required to have a good knowledge of and to obey the local rules and regulations but beyond controlled airspace (such as cities, airports, military compounds) you are in full command of your own time and destiny.
This is what Powered Paragliding is all about: open fields, grass strips and secluded beaches becoming the runways of choice and allow you the freedom and excitement of flying like a bird.
If you don’t have your own private land or are away from your local flying club, it is strongly advised to seek landowner's permission before taking flight.
- Who can I fly with?
The Powered Paragliding community is very open, friendly and approachable, and one that is constantly growing. You have the potential to meet a great bunch of people and the opportunity to build new friendships.
The sport brings together a multitude of diverse people from all across the world with a shared passion for flying, so there is every chance there are pilots who fly locally. Alternatively, why not learn to fly with a friend?
Later, once you have mastered the techniques, it is also possible to share our sport and your experiences by flying tandem with friends and family so they too can feel the freedom of personal flight.
- What are the costs of flying?
A Powered Paraglider is among the most inexpensive and accessible ways to get into flying when compared to other recreational aircraft. Parajet offer complete Powered Paraglider packages, ideal for new pilots.
Price is dependent on the final package specification and provides pilots with everything you need to get up in the air, including a ten day flight training course. So once you complete your training, you just need the cost of a tank of 95/98 octane unleaded fuel and then go.
- Where can I store my Powered Paraglider?
A Powered Paraglider is the most compact and transportable aircraft available. Unlike other recreational aircraft, the Powered Paraglider does not require an aircraft hangar and can be stored at home. This means that you do not need to fork out for expensive storage fees.
If you plan to store your Parajet inside the house or in a confined space, for safety we would recommend draining the fuel and airing the fuel tank before storage in a well ventilated space.
- What fuel do I use?
The majority of Powered Paragliders utilise a lightweight 2-stroke (2-cycle) engine and require a mixture of oil and fuel in the ratio of 1:50. Therefore you need to add 20cc (or ml) of fully synthetic oil for each litre of fuel.
The engine has been designed to use regular unleaded gasoline with a pump octane number (R+M)/2 of 95 or higher. The best quality fuel and oil is recommended to ensure the longevity and health of your engine.
We recommend the use of Castrol Power 1 Racing 2T and Mobil 1 Racing 2T or equivalent fully synthetic 2-stroke oil. For 4-stroke engines, such as the Bailey V5, fuel is added unmixed and oil is added to the engine separately.
- What maintenance is required?
Don’t worry! You don’t have to be a mechanic to easily and safely care for and maintain your Powered Paraglider. Most Powered Paragliders utilise a lightweight 2-stroke (2-cycle) engine. Routine seasonal maintenance is the best way to maximize the performance of your Powered Paraglider.
By keeping your equipment in good working order, you'll reap the benefits of extended product life and dependability. Feel confident that Parajet or your local dealer are always prepared to perform routine and warranty service on your Powered Paraglider. An experienced technician is your best resource for your maintenance needs, but there are also simple steps that you can take yourself to keep your equipment running smoothly.
Before carrying out any form of maintenance, always consult your owner's manual. We also recommend keeping up-to-date records so that you know when your Parajet was last serviced, or when you carried out routine adjustments.
- What additional equipment is recommended?
Pilots are advised to wear a safety helmet, ear protection and to fly with a reserve parachute at all times. In addition but not essential, we recommend having a pair of sunglasses or goggles handy to help protect the eyes and improve pilot visibility.
Good footwear with adequate ankle support can also help prevent injury on uneven ground or during harder landings. In colder climes, a pair of gloves and a warm flying suit or jacket can help regulate your body temperatue and stave off wind chill so you can fly for longer.
You can purchase a large number of gadgets and equipment that can be attached, carried or used in conjunction with your Powered Paraglider. Additional equipment can add distraction, weight and hinder manoeuvrability, so be selective and choose carefully.