1. How does the Power Paraglider (wing) inflate?
There are two methods to inflate the Paraglider:
- with the Paraglider behind you in low wind conditions,
run and pull the Paraglider up using your speed and body weight to
- with pilot facing the Paraglider we use light winds to
inflate and pull up the paraglider.
2. How do you steer the Power Paraglider?
Control is very easy. Simply pull the right handle (Brake) to turn
the left handle (Brake) to turn left. You pull both at five
feet above the ground to flare when landing, this stops your
descent resulting in a gentle stand up landing. Squeeze the throttle to climb
and release it to glide back down.
3. How high can the Power Paraglider fly?
In the US, FAA's Part 103 dictates we stay under 18,000 feet. Realistically
the majority of flying
is done between 150 and 300 feet above the
In Canada we run out of air at 13,000 ft so we try to
stay below that.
4. How low can the Power Paraglider fly?
The unique aspect of the powered paraglider is the fact the wing is
some distance above the pilot.
This allows flight at ground level
from 10 inches up. (This cannot be done safely with any other
aircraft in the world.)
6. Do I need a license?
In the USA, No, there is no license required for this sport.
All the instructors in the USA are also unlicensed,
so any training done in the USA is not recognized in the rest of the world.
In Canada you are required to have an Ultra Light license restricted
to powered paragliding.
See Training and our training is recognized world wide.
11. What happens if the engine stops?
The engine is only used to go up, turning it off is how we usually land.
At any time you can shut off the
motor and land safely
The Paraglider you are flying with is an efficient wing
that can glide
up to 8 feet forward with only one foot down (8 to 1
That means if you are 1000 ft up you can glide 8000 ft forward. Nice range!!
12. What do the engines weigh and do I carry that
The engines vary from 40 lbs to 65 lbs. For foot launches,
weight is carried by the pilot only until the wing is inflated and you are moving forward,
then the weight is burdened by the paraglider.
Quad Launches, the Quad carries the motor and never seems to get
15. How long does it take to learn to fly?
Most students can solo in a few days. The majority of training is
done on the ground learning to control the wing. The actual flying
is so easy that anyone can control the powered paraglider once
in flight. Training
16. Can you restart the Paramotor in flight?
Yes, new engines come with very high energy ignitions, that make
starting very easy with a small tug on the pull starter rope. You
can stop the engine and soar and then restart anytime you like.
The AirMAX, Revolver and HellCAT are available with an electric start.
17. How safe are Paragliders (Wings)?
The modern paraglider is built and tested with loads up to 15 times
greater than can be exerted during flight. The type of paraglider
used with an engine is a DHV 1 or standard rated Paraglider that
will continue to fly without pilot input.
19. Where can I fly the Power Paraglider?
Anywhere that is not populated with a lot of houses or people.
Farmers fields are popular and the famers usually want pictures
of the land as payment for using it. Bartering for meat and vegtables is also not unheard of.
are also prohibited within 5 miles from an airport.
20. Is the Power Paraglider safe?
As all air sports, it has it's risky aspect, but as the pilot hangs
from an open parachute, this makes it inherently safer than all
21. Are there times and conditions when I cannot
Yes, the fact that you are flying a very light airplane means that
you are limited to light wind conditions up to 10 mph and morning
and late afternoon flying. The mid-day skies are generally too rough
to enjoy this type of flying. The exception to this is beach flying
where you can fly all day long as the air is not disturbed by the
ocean as much as it is by land. Rain is also bad.
22. How maneuverable are Powered Paragliders?
This airplane can fly sideways, backwards, turn on it's own axis and
fly close to the ground endlessly. You can take off in 1 foot and
land on 1 foot in certain wind conditions. There is no other
aircraft in the world that can do this!
27. What does the equipment cost both new and used?
The difference between New and Used is not that significant.
Buying used has numerous drawbacks. (example: the paraglider is UV sensitive
and has a life span, you are in fact buying the last part of the paragliders life.)
and the chance of inheriting major problems is always there but not
that visible. Its just not worth the risk.