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What Is Powered Paragliding?

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 using a paraglider. It can be launched in still air, and on level ground, by the pilot alone — no assistance is required.

Flying is Fun!

Discover the freedom!  
Flying a paramotor, or powered paraglider (PPG), is the world's fastest growing form of aviation. See why sport pilot, ultralight, general aviation, and powered parachute enthusiasts are abandoning airports and starting powered paragliding. 

Powered paraglider (PPG) / Paramotor
 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 costs, and the portability are claimed to be this type of flying's greatest merits.

The Most Incredible Form of Flight Ever Devised!

Paragliding is the simplest form of flight: no plane, no windows, just you floating on air. A paraglider is a foot-launched inflatable wing. It is easy to transport, easy to launch, and easy to land. 

The Most Enjoyable

A surprising number of pilots, with access to about any type of aircraft, pick the PPG as their most fun type of flying.

Inexpensive Flying

Powered Paragliding is probably the cheapest way to get into the air and just happens to be one of the most invigorating.

No License Required

No license is required, although training is incredibly important. PPG’s are minimally regulated.  Essentially we can fly while its light in wide-open areas.

Easy to Transport

 Excellent Transportability; PPG are, by far, the word's most easily transportable aircraft.

Launch From Anywhere

Launch from a space whose size is mostly up to the pilot. You only need about 40 feet wide or so to bring up the wing and about 400 foot of climbout space.

Safest form of Flight

Powered paragliding is probably the safest form of recreational aviation ever devised.   Its estimated the overall risk is less than riding a motorcycle.

Learn To Fly in Less Than 10 Days

Powered paragliders usually fly between 15 to 50 mph (24 to 80 km/hr) at altitudes from 'foot-dragging on the water' up about to 24,000 ft (7,300 m) or more although most flying is done under 500 ft (150 m) 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.

The paramotor, weighing from 45 to 90 lb (20 to 41 kg) is supported by the pilot during takeoff. After a brief run (typically 10 ft (3.0 m)) 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 roll and a hand-held throttle for pitch.

Prices for a complete new package (wing, harness, and motor) vary from approximately 5,000 USD to 13,000 USD.