Powered paragliding FAQ/New Pilot Advice
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Do I need a license to fly a Paramotor in the USA?
You do not need any kind of licence or certifications to fly a paramotor in the states. However you need to get the best possible training to learn how to fly a paramotor. Getting training will keep you safe, make you a better pilot and you will avoid trashing your expensive gear.
Is Fly High Paramotors a member with the USPPA?
Fly High Paramotors is not a member with the USPPA and does not offer any ratings such as P1, P2 or any other unnecessary pilot ratings. The FAA here in the USA does not require any ratings to fly a paramotor, to learn how to fly a paramotor nor does a paramotor instructor have to be certified in anyway to offer paramotor instruction. We are blessed not to have any licensing/rating regulations by the FAA hindering our sport. So not having any official licensing/rating regulations by the FAA. Organizations like the USPPA try to come up with regulations and rating systems even though we have no regulations for us to have ratings to teach/instruct or to learn how to fly a paramotor.
The USPPA is also restricting flying events to none member USPPA pilots. Events that at one time all paramtor pilots could attend and have a good time but now these flying events are regulated and controlled by the USPPA and if you are not apart of this enforcement agency club the USPPA, you can not fly at some flying events. So as you can see they are creating and enforcing unnecessary ratings and regulations on our freedom in our unregulated sport. For this reason Fly High Paramotors is not a member of the USPPA and will not support the USPPA and will not issue you any unnecessary pilot ratings.
So Many paramotors and wings to choose from which one should I buy? Most Important advice you will ever get!
The most important advice I can give you is what ever paramotor or wing you decide to buy or are interested in make sure you can personally see, touch and try the paramotor or wing you are looking to buy before you buy it. Think about it would you buy a car, bike, boat or any other kind of toy without seeing or trying it out in real life?? So why would you buy a Paramotor or a Paraglider that you will be flying with without ever trying it out or seeing it in real life?? The best thing to do is to find the paramotor and wing you are looking to buy and then find an instructor that sells the exact paramotor and wing you are looking to buy and if possible find an instructor that will train you on the exact paramotor and wing you are looking to buy. By doing this you will have a chance to personally see the paramotor and wing you will buy and most importantly you can try it out before you buy it this can save you a lot of money and headaches and you can avoid buying the wrong gear and being stuck with it. Never buy any paramotor or wing you have not personally seen in real life and have not tried it!! Trust me on this one and avoid the hype out there. Every Paramotor and wing Fly High Paramotors sells you can have the chance to see it in real life and to try it out and also you can do your training on the gear we sell it is all provided for when you choose to do your paramotor training with Fly High Paramotors.
Why choose a beginner rated Paraglider? When I can get the fastest best performing Paraglider..
Most new pilots do not have the flying skills and experience to explore the potential of their new wing as new pilots do not have the experience and skill to be able to fully push their gliders to see the difference between a beginner wing and a more advanced wing. If you are a beginner pilot safety is the most important thing and you want a glider that is easy to handle on the ground so you can take of as easily as possible and in the air you want your glider to get you out of any problems as fast as possible with no pilot inputs or corrections. As a beginner if you encountered turbulent air and took a collapse would you know what to do or how to stabilize your glider without creating an even bigger problem?? or would you want your glider to take care of the problem for you as fast as possible with no inputs?? that is what makes a beginner glider it works out problems for you and makes sure if something happens it will recover as fast as possible without needing your help. If you spend more money on a higher performance wing the difference is that the glider responds faster to your inputs it flies a bit faster and so on but the biggest difference is in safety more advanced gliders requires more pilot inputs especially in turbulent air or in a collapse situation everything happens faster and takes longer for the glider to work it out so most of the time the glider is expecting you to help it out in difficult situations but as a beginner you do not have the skills to make the proper inputs and corrections. I still sometimes fly with a beginner wing like the Fides 5 from Sky Paragliders and can do Acro flying with it, spins dives wing overs, everything I do with my higher performance gliders but if I make a mistake or take any kind of collapse the Fides 5 will usually work it out on it’s own even before I try to help out. When you know what you are doing you can fly a beginner glider as you would a higher performance wing. Beginner glider means highest possible safety not low performance this is something new pilots have a really hard time understanding and with the new beginner gliders that are on the market today they are so good that just a couple years ago the beginner gliders we fly today where considered intermediate/ advanced gliders just a couple years ago. I hope this information can help you understand what a beginner glider is and the advantage of flying one as a new pilot.
What Happens if my motor stops running when I am flying?
Most normal powered paraglider landings are accomplished with the engine intentionally turned off. If the motor unexpectedly quits running, the pilot flies the paraglider normally, and glides in for a landing at a safe location. With a paramotor you can land in a very small amount of space which is a huge advantage during an emergency landing.
How is a powered paraglider controlled?
Powered paragliders are turned by pulling down on the appropriate left or right control line that leads from the vicinity of the pilot’s respective shoulder to the trailing edge of the paraglider on the respective side of the wing for the desired direction of turn. Climbs are accomplished by increasing the power output of the paramotor through the use of a hand held throttle. Descents are accomplished by reducing the power output of the paramotor through the use of the hand held throttle. To climb a PPG pilot increases power by squeezing the throttle. To descend a PPG pilot reduces power by relaxing pressure on the throttle. To turn left the pilot applies pressure to the left control handle and to turn right the pilot applies pressure to the right control handle. To reduce speed for landing, after gliding to within a few feet of the ground with the paramotor turned off, the PPG pilot applies pressure to both the left and the right control handles simultaneously.
Where can I fly a powered paraglider?
From and to any relatively flat surface that is reasonably free of obstructions such as power lines, trees, and fences as long as the flight is not conducted over congested areas or within certain controlled airspace. It is always important to check any new locations you might fly from to see if you can fly in the air space by checking an airspace map. It’s important for a paramotor pilot to understand airspace rules during training you will be educated on how to read, understand airspace charts and how to fly legally in the allowed airspaces.
How long can I fly on a tank of gas?
Most paramotors come with 2.5 gallon fuel tank and depending on the type of flying and how long and how hard you are on the throttle you can expect a flight time of 2-3 hours of flight time on steady power and you can typically cover up to a 50 mile round trip flying on power using your motor.
What kind of fuel does a Paramotor take?
We use premium unleaded gas mixed with premium full synthetic 2 stroke oil usually 40:1 mixture depending on your engine.
How much strength is required to operate a Paramotor?
As long as you are in good physical condition and can be able to jog for a short distance with up to 60lbs on your back and you do not suffer from back of knee problems you can foot launch paramotor on your back. If you can not carry up to 60lbs on your back or have back or knee problems you can still fly a paramotor by flying a paramotor that is attached to a trike. With a trike you will not have to carry any weight on your back you can just sit in the trike and fly. For more information on a paramotor with a trike see
How fast can I fly with a paramotor?
Depending on the wing and the size of the wing the average speed on the wings we sell speeds can be up to 25-35+mph and can go even faster as you move down to smaller size wings.
How strong of winds can I fly in?
If you are a new pilot you do not want to takeoff with your paramotor if the winds are higher then 12 mph but if you have experience and you are flying with a small size glider you can fly in higher winds as long as it’s steady winds and the weather is good.
What is the chances of a wing collapse while flying with a paramotor?
As a new pilot you want to make sure you will get a real certified EN-A wing which means the wing has been tested and certified to be really safe and the wing will help you to deal with any type of collapse situation. Now as far as encountering collapse situations as a paramotor pilot is very rare the reason for this is as a paramotor pilot you can pick the time and weather conditions you fly in and by having this ability puts you in a really safe flying conditions. Collapses in paragliding wings usually only happens in thermic/ ridge lift conditions while flying close to mountains from 12pm-5pm summer months these are when free flying pilots must fly without a motor so they can fly in thermal conditions so they can stay up in the air and gain lift to keep on flying. So now as a paramotor pilot as we have an engine that provides lift for us we do not need to fly in thermic conditions so we avoid this turbulent air and the chance of a wing collapse in good conditions is very, very rare.
What is the best times in the day to fly a paramotor?
The best time to fly a paramotor is during the early morning hours from 7am-9am and in the evening hours from 6pm to sunset in the summer hours. Flying in these time you will avoid flying in unstable air/thermic air and you will have a much smoother flight with very little chance of any collapses situations due to thermals and un steady air.