• Paramotor, powered paragliding or PPG are synonymous. A paraglider used with a motor. What is a paraglider? A lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure.

    Back to paramotor: The harness and motor to provide propulsion for launching on flat ground. A pilot can either foot or wheel launch. The wing or glider is made of special cloth and shaped areonautically to produce lift.

    A paramotor is an ultralight vehicle definded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) part 103.

  • A pain in the A$$. As far as safety, you glide down for a landing. When learning how to fly, you turn off your engine to land. If you have the right conditions you can shut off your engine and catch a thermal for lift.

  • YES, but thousands of sane people fly paramotors. The sport is as safe or dangerous as you make it. Most incidents are bad pilot judgement that could have been avoided. The PPG community has a very good safety record when trained by professional instructors. Paramotor pilot safety is also dependent on weather. Here in Colorado we fly mornings and evenings in the best weather conditions. In some areas of the world you can fly all day.

  • Just like a car, depends on the vehicle and how active you are on the gas. In general, when flying normal, 2.5 to 5 hours depending if you have a large tank. FAR regulations restrict the maximum tank size to 5 gallons. How far depends on the wing classification. Vendors sell cross country wings for distance.

  • I think you have a weed problem.

    Depends on what air space are you flying in. We normally fly in G and E airspace. If we are in the right area we can fly to 17,999 feet. At 18,000 feet you are in A airspace where commercial airlines fly. Generally, pilots fly from ground to 2000 feet.

  • NO. FAR part 103 does not require you to obtain a license. Paramotors are classified as an ultralight.

    I do highly recommend earning your PPG certificate from a professional instructor found at USPPA.org

  • Paramotors can be launched from most open flat land. Advanced pilots can successfully launch and land in small areas. Paramotors can be flown in uncontrolled airspace, Class G and most Class E airspace, and cannot be flown over congested areas of people or restricted areas.

    Here in Colorado, there are several ways to connect. Download Telegram, and then join group CO PPG Adventures with link https://t.me/coppgadventure. Here is another group, Rocky Mountain Aero Squadron, on Facebook. Outside of Colorado you can post on the Facebook Paramotor group.

  • A lot less than obtaining your private pilot's license and in my opinion, more fun! As of this writing, new wings cost between $2,000 to $4,000. Paramotors: $6,500 to $15,000. Training: $1,500 to $4,000. After training is complete, you need to maintain your motor and keep filling your two stroke engine with fuel and oil. The real question is, what is the cost of missing out on the freedom of flying?