Learning to fly
Most of your training is spent learning to ground handle the
glider or "kite". The skills you learn here are necessary
for proper take off or "launching" the PPG. In the
air, the actual flying is so easy that only a fraction of your
training is required to prepare for it. Here are some of the
things you'll learn during the ground handling phase of your
• Laying out the glider and hooking in
• Inflating the glider, reverse and forward
• Kiting the glider, reverse and forward
• Quick deflation
is a workout, especially while you are learning. Consequently,
ground handling instruction is usually interspersed with
discussions covering aerodynamics, meterology, and FAA airspace
At some point, some instructors take their
students on a tandem flight. Though not essential, tandem
is a great way to get you into the air earlier, and enable
you to practice turns, approaches, and other inflight procedures,
all with instant feedback from your instructor.
first solo flight, you'll review in flight
normal and emergency procedures in a simulator.
Finally the moment you've been waiting for arrives.
Your solo flight. Your skill and knowledge are more than adequate
for the task, but still your heart is racing. You may make a successful
first launch or it may take a couple of tries, but eventually the
wing comes up just right, you squeeze the throttle, and whether
you want to or not, you're flying!
Once you are in the air, everything is easy. Sit
back, relax, and listen to the soothing voice of your instructor
as he or she guides you through the flight pattern and
practice approaches. Enjoy the view. You're over the hump.
Now it's time for your first landing. Don't worry.
No one has ever been stuck up there. Most instructors have you
shut off the power on final approach. At this point, the paraglider
could bring you in for a safe landing without any input. You could
walk away from such a landing but it might not be pretty.
So at about 15 feet, your instructor tells you to get ready to
flare. Two seconds later, about 5 feet off the ground, your instructor
tells you to start your flare if you haven't already started it.
By the time you've pulled both brakes till they are level with
your waist, you are standing on the ground, the newest addition
to the fastest growing form of avaivation on the planet, powered
paraglding. Congratulations. You're HOOKED!
It is vital that you have the right combination
of paramotor and glider tailored to suit your height, weight, and
physical abilities. Safety is paramount. Training is imperative.
Always ensure when buying a paramotor that you will receive professional
training with qualified instructors.