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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.
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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.
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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.