Powered Paragliding, also known as Paramotoring, is a form of ultralight aviation where the pilot wears a motor on his or her back (a paramotor) which provides enough thrust to take off using an adapted paraglider or paramotor wing. 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 license. The ability to fly both low and slow safely, the 'open' feel, the minimal equipment and maintenance costs, and the portability are claimed to be this type of flying's greatest merits.
Powered Paragliders (PPGs) usually fly between 15 mph and 45 mph (25 km/h and 70 km/h) at altitudes from 'foot-dragging in the grass' up to 18,000 ft (5.400 m) although most flying is done under 500 ft. (150 m.) AGL (Above Ground Level). Due to the paramotor's slow forward speed it must not be flown in high wind conditions. Paramotors can be flown during any season of the year anywhere on the planet so long as you avoid flying during the turbulent (thermic) times of the day, and not in high wind conditions. This typically means at low Sun azimuths, so in the morning or in the late afternoon depending ,of course, on weather conditions.
The paramotor, weighing from 45 Lbs. to 80 Lbs. (20 Kgs. to 36 Kgs.) is supported by the pilot during takeoff, after a brief run (typically 10 feet or 3 meters) 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. Control is available using brake toggles for roll and a hand-held throttle for pitch.
Prices for a complete PPG package (wing, harness, and motor) vary from approximately $6,000 USD to $9,500 USD. Our website's section titled Powered Paragliding FAQs answers other commonly asked questions about this sport. You may always call us at 305.256.5650 to speak to a professional who will guide you through the process to get involved in Powered Paragliding.
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