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Powered Paragliding aka (PPG) or (Paramotor)
|NO license is required to fly a powered paraglider in the USA!.|
|Weather Conditions: Generally flown in 0-15mph winds with low thermal activity|
|Flight Duration: Enough gas for up to ~2.5 hours flight typical|
|Speed: 10-45 mph is typical|
|Altitude: below 1,500 feet is typical, but 5-10k+ is possible.|
|Training: Typically takes 5-15 days to solo flight|
|Equipment Cost: 5,000 - 15,000 usd|
|Regulations: FAR 103|
|Number of Active US Pilots: Estimated around ~3,000|
|Read More Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)|
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Learning To Fly
- 3 Buying Gear
- 4 Regulations
- 5 PPG Pilot Maps
- 6 PPG Instructors
- 7 PPG Events (2019)
- 8 Associations
- 9 Groups/Clubs
- 10 Weather
- 11 Photography/Videography
- 12 Android or Apple Apps
- 13 Incidents
- 14 External links
- 15 References
Powered paragliding, also known as paramotoring or PPG, is a form of ultralight aviation where the pilot wears a motor on their back (a paramotor) which provides enough thrust to take off via foot launching a paraglider. The paramotor may also be strapped to a small 3 or 4 wheeled cart called a trike or quad and wheel launched. It can be launched in still air, and on level ground, by the pilot alone — no assistance is required. In many countries, including the United States, powered paragliding is minimally regulated and requires no licence. The ability to fly both low and slow safely, the 'open' feel, the minimal equipment and maintenance cost, and the portability are claimed to be this type of flying's greatest merits.
Powered paragliders usually fly between 15 to 50 mph at altitudes from skimming the ground up about to about 5,000 feet or more, although most flying is done under 1,500 ft AGL.
Due to the paramotor's slow forward speed and nature of a soft wing, it is not safe in high winds, turbulence, or intense thermal activity. Paramotor pilots generally fly in conditions of 0-15mph winds during the hours around dusk and dawn when thermal activity is minimal.
The paramotor, weighing from 45 to 90 lb is supported by the pilot during takeoff. After a brief run (typically about 10 ft) the wing lifts the motor and its harnessed pilot off the ground. After takeoff, the pilot gets into the seat and sits suspended beneath the inflated paraglider wing like a pendulum. Control is available using brake toggles for turning left and right and a hand-held throttle to control altitude.
Prices for a complete new package (wing, harness, and motor) vary from approximately 7,000 USD to 15,000 USD.
With special gear it is possible to take a passenger (tandem), but most countries, including the U.S., require some form of certification to do so.
Learning To Fly
Powered paragliding can be dangerous when practiced without a proper instructor. Typically requires 5 to 15 days of training to prepare for a solo flight which, due to weather, may include far more calendar time.
A number of techniques are employed for teaching, although most include getting the student familiar with handling the wing either on the ground, via towing, small hills, or on tandem flights.
Main components of a paramotor consists of an Engine, Prop, frame, wing, harness, Hand Throttle, and 2-Caribiners. Common accessories include.. Ear Protection, Helmet, Radio, CHT, and Tach. Optional accessories Include.. Flight Deck(dashboard), GPS, Strobe lights, smoke system, .
- Air Conception
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Finding Used Gear
- Neither a license nor specific training is required in the U.S.
- U.S. pilots operate under Federal Aviation Administration regulation Part 103
- With special gear it is possible to take a passenger (tandem), but require some form of certification to do so = FAA exemption filed through USPPA or ASC.
In most countries, paramotor pilots operate under simple rules that spare them certification requirements for pilot and gear. Those laws, however, limit where they can fly—specifying that pilots avoid congested areas and larger airports to minimize risk to other people or aircraft.U.S. pilots operate under Federal Aviation Administration regulation Part 103.
Research estimates that the activity is slightly safer (per event) than riding motorcycles and more dangerous than riding in cars.Jeff Goin  March, 2012 The most likely cause of serious injury is body contact with a spinning propeller. The next most likely cause of injury is flying into something other than the landing zone. Some pilots carry a reserve parachute designed to open in as little as The lack of established design criteria for these aircraft led the British Air Accidents Investigation Branch to conclude in 2007 that "Only when precise reserve factors have been established for individual harness/wing combinations carrying realistic suspended masses, at load factors appropriate to the maneuvers to be carried out, can these aircraft be considered to be structurally safe"UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch "Bulletin S4/2007 Special" August 2007
You need a license in order to fly a paramotor. Starting and landing is only allowed from airfields.
PPG Pilot Maps
Map of Paramotor Pilots is is a self-maintained list of paramotor pilots worldwide. It will age, of course, as pilots move or get out of the sport and don't update their information. But it certainly offers a good starting point.
PPG Events (2019)
Events can be anything open to the general public that would be of interest to paramotor pilots. You may edit the calendar directly or send info by email Events@ParamotorWiki.com
|June 21–22 , 2019||Wautoma, Wisconsin||Facebook - Event Details - WPPA Fly-In at Wautoma Airport|
|Aug 1 - 4, 2019||Mountain City, Tennessee||Facebook - Event Details - 3RD ANNUAL MOONSHINERS PPG FLY IN|
|Aug 4 - 10, 2019||Linesville, Pennsylvania||Facebook - Event Details - Hillbilly Flyin|
Powered Paragliding (PPG), Paramotor, Events, 2019
The United States has 2 major Paramotoring Associations. The USPPA (United States Powered Paraglider Association) by Jeff Goin and ASC (Aero Sport Connection) by Jim Steffenson.
In the USA, the sport is represented primarily by the US Powered Paragliding Association (USPPA). Unpowered paragliders are represented by the U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (USHPA) which distanced itself from any motorized flying in 2006 which also holds an exemption allowing two-place training using foot-launched paramotors. The US Ultralight Association (USUA) and Aero Sports Connections (ASC) also offer some support. Instructors in the sport are represented by the Professional Association of Powered Paragliding Instructors (PAPPI), an IRS recognized 501c3 non-profit organization.
Aero Sports Connection
Website Link: AeroSports.org
Aero Sports Connection, Inc. (ASC) was designed to provide an innovative, all-inclusive, and flexible support structure to serve the unique needs of light sport aviation. The support structure of ASC provides:
- Exemption Management.
- Vehicle Registration Management.
- Pilot Registration.
- Competition Recording.
- National Magazine.
- Membership Renewal.
- Wing Structure with as few as 25 members to provide national organization status to meet the individual vehicle types‟ and areas‟ unique needs.
- Management Services, and more.
Paramotor - 23k+ Members - A place to discuss Paramotors and Paramotoring. Be nice.
Official Group Vittorazi Motors - 1,200+ Members - In Vittorazi Motors Official Group, will be continuously published official information, suggestions, technical documents for performances improvement and maintenance of the engines. We invite you to be wary of other unofficial groups for the exchange and retrieval of information
Paragliding & PPG Gear Sale USA - 6,200k+ Members
Paramotor For Newbies - 3,200+ Members
Paramotoring for beginners - 7,400+ Members
Paramotor Paraglider Self-trained - 2,500+ Members
PPG Big List- This is a general PPG discussion group. Buying and selling is permitted.
Paramotor Youtubers - Youtube channels with paramotor content.
Android or Apple Apps
- Avare: Navigation app which includes airspace. Used by Tucker Gott in many of his videos. [Android]
- Windy: provides wind information at different altitudes. [Android] [iTunes]
- PPGPS: Flight computer for Paramotor, Paraglider, Glider and Ultra Light plane Pilots [Android]
- Flyskyhy: Navigation app including airspace, commonly used i paragliding
- Paramotor Club - The Paramotor Club
- USPPA - United States Powered Paragliding Association
- ASC - Aero Sports Connection - A web site dedicated to handling operational information, such as forms and requirements for qualifying.
- PPG Videos - Powered Paragliding Videos
- Foot Flyer - Powered Paragliding Information/Reviews
- Parabatix Sky Racers A competition / show based event and generally a great promotion for paramotoring.
- PAPPI - Professional Association of Powered Paragliding Instructors