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Learn the most exciting and inexpensive form of powered flight! Come fly with us and experience for yourself the pure beauty of a personal flying machine that fits in the trunk of your car, yet allows you to fly high and far. Paramotoring (also called Powered Paragliding) opens up the sky to types of flying that are not possible with conventional aircraft. Whether it’s cruising low and slow while taking in the scenery from a rare vantage point, or loading up your rig for a camping journey to places not normally accessible, the adventure opportunities are limited only by your imagination.
These are the ground handling exercises that you will dive into right away:
Like kiting, the fine control of the wing in flight is an art that you will practice your entire flying career. For now, you simply want to grasp the basics. You will learn the dynamics of a turn and how to properly enter and exit one. The majority of your first flights will be dedicated to this one maneuver, and you will become increasingly more comfortable executing faster and deeper turns. This will lead into anticipating where you want to go in the sky, and how to use turns to efficiently make your way there.
Each flight will end with a standard approach, consisting of all legs of a proper pattern. You will be slowly learning to judge glide slope and how it is affected by the wind. Your instructor will talk you through the pattern, and where to make your turns in order to maintain the proper glide slope in varying wind conditions. You will be starting to develop a sense of the proper sight picture for a good pattern and approach. Your goal is to land in a small area, but there will be plenty of room for the inevitable short or long landing.
You are now ready for your first powered flight! Starting with a reverse inflation, you will perform the same launch sequence you have done so many times now, and simply add power as cued by your instructor. With a few brisk steps you will be airborne with your personal aircraft. Just as with previous non-powered flights, you will practice turns and landing patterns. Unlike your previous flights, it will only take a light pull on the throttle to return to a higher altitude. No more repacking your wing and riding back up to launch. You are truly a self sufficient aircraft now.
Upon earning one’s Private Pilot certificate for general aviation, it is often said, “This is your license to learn.” It is no different with paramotor flying. There are unlimited experiences and exciting challenges that await you. What will be most important as you continue the adventure, is to use good judgement, pace yourself, and have fun!