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What is Paramotoring

Powered paragliding, also know as paramotoring as i is a close cousin to paragliding, and makes a great companion to the sport, or even an exciting sport in it's own right. Flying can be done with either your existing paraglider wing, or a more specialised PPG wing.  Add the powered paraglider unit under that, and you have one of the most convenient methods of personal aviation available today.  As with paragliding, powered paragliding (PPG) has many different 'styles'. Popping out to the local field and going for an hour's flight around the local area is probably the most common type of flight, while other options include long distance flying, or even aerobatic flight as well!  While they look very similar, powered paragliding and paragliding are actually two fairly different ways to enjoy flying. With PPG, you have the ability to fly unconstrained by the shape of the terrain, or by the drift in a thermal. You can do a lot of exploring of 'uncharted' territory with a PPG, that is often not available with a PG. We are equally enthusiastic about both PG and PPG, and consider it part of our job to help you decide which sport (if not both!) is right for you!

When can I expect to fly solo?

Short flights off the beginner hill usually occur by the end of the first day with any of our solo training programs. To become educated enough to make your own flight decisions, normally takes between 9 to 10 days of instruction.   Once you have completed all the necessary tasks and completed your multiple choice assessment you will be e as CP Power pilot and permitted to fly unsupervised in a club environment.  Obviously this sport is weather dependent and it is impossible to get 10 perfect days in a row so we normally have two week course and that way even with non flyable days you can normally complete your training

Is Paramotoring Dangerous?

Any activity has some inherent risk. Paragliding, as with any type of aviation or adventure sport, is no exception.
With the proper education and a healthy awareness of your own personal motivations and attitudes, risk can be a minimal part of your flying experience. We have found that the single most important variable in pilot safety is the pilot himself. We spend a great deal of time educating our students how to evaluate their own skills, their attitudes, motivations, and awareness levels before each and every flight. With the ability to objectively evaluate one's own "attitude and aptitude", (which vary with each day), and when appropriate, being able to say to yourself "I don't feel up to the task today, so I'm not going to fly," paragliding can be very safe, and one of the most rewarding experiences in life.  Respect for the sport can make all the difference between a safe pilot and a dangerous one.

Do I need any special equipment?

If you are training we provide all paramotoring  specific equipment necessary. We actually prefer our students not have any gear prior to training so we can evaluate their individual "attitude and aptitude" and eventually help them choose appropriate gear during their training progression. You will need to bring personal items such as, suitable footwear and clothing for the cold, and enough food and water for the day. if you are on a guided course you will have use of the school motors but will need to supply your own glider.

Can I bring along a camera?

Of course!  The only requirement is that it must be secured to your person to prevent it falling in flight.  Mobile phone cameras can be used but only if they can be securely fastened.  If conditions are good your instructor will take some photos and make them available to you at no cost.  It is your responsibility to ensure that any equipment carried on your person is safe.  Your instructor cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to cameras, phones and other valuables.  

Weather and cancellations

Weather is easy, it's good or it's not.  Your safety is paramount and your experienced instructor will make decisions with your health and safety in mind.  Please trust his decision.  We make a weather call the evening before, and often on the morning of your session.   We may also make adjustments to meeting times to allow for optimal weather windows during the day. But basically, when we are choosing the conditions to fly, the safety of everyone involved is paramount and we will make our decisions accordingly.   Even though you may be disappointed you will have another chance to fly. Cancellations are fine as long as it's not an hour or two before and the instructor is already on the hill.  Normally there will be other trainees and cancellation will not cause inconvenience but please call as early as you can.   Unfortunately refunds are not available as one the course is full accommodation and logistics will have been booked and paid for at our end.

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