Aerolight offers Powered Paragliding training year round. We have trained hundreds of hang gliding, paragliding and powered paragliding pilots since 1988. Our staff of instructors are all certified through one or more associations (USPPA, USHPA, ASC, etc.). We are headquartered in Miami, Florida and offer training in different areas of South Florida.
A Powered Paraglider is an ultralight vehicle. A license is not required to operate an ultralight vehicle in the US but, you need training in order to learn how to fly one properly and safely.
As an ultralight pilot you must follow the Federal Aviation Regulations for Ultralight Vehicles.
Here is a link to the FAA Federal Aviation Regulations part 103 (Ultralight Vehicles) :
Aerolight is a USPPA (United States Powered Paragliding Association) approved school.
When the student completes the Full training is eligible to apply for the USPPA PPG 2 rating for free (student must join the USPPA ).
We can train you even if you don't buy equipment from Aerolight using our top quality school equipment or using your own equipment (as long as the equipment is safe).
To learn more about USPPA please follow this link :
There are two types of Powered Paragliding launching techniques: foot-launch and trike/quad launch.
Foot-launch training requires more time and student must be in decent to good physical condition because take-offs are performed by running with a paramotor on student's back. The weight of the paramotor (average 55 lbs.) gets lighter as soon as the paraglider is inflated and begins creating lift, nevertheless, the student must carry part of that weight during the launching and landing procedures. The average full training time is typically 5-8 days (first solo flight in the third to fourth day of training)
Here you have two examples of PPG foot launch:
Forward foot launch ( in nil or very light wind) :
Reverse foot launch (with enough wind to kite your glider):
Trike/Quad-launch training Is simpler, safer and faster. Student is not carrying the weight of the equipment because he/she is sitting on a harness which is attached to the trike's or quad's frame. The average full training time is 4 to 5 days (first solo flight in the second day of training)
Here you have an example of a PPG trike taking-off: