Paramotor - An Introduction
Paramotor flying is enormous fun. Paramotors are small enough to carry in the boot of your car, and the short take off distance required means you can take off from a field near your home. You can paramotor with a group of friend at sunset, or set off on a paramotoring expedition that lasts the whole day - the choice is yours.
Paramotor training needs to be staged, so that you master the basics of flying a paraglider first, before adding the complexity of a paramotor into the mix with elements like power, thrust & torque.
At Airways Airsports, if you are new to flying paragliders and paramotors, your training starts with learning how to master paragliding. Once you have learned to launch a paraglider (usually half way through your first day's training), you will do your first low flights using our winch (the feeling of being pulled by the winch is similar to being pushed by a motor). As your confidence and experience build, you will make higher and higher flights until you are doing high flights and circuits, landing back where you started from.
You will then add the motor, learning how to launch with the engine on your back; then it's into the skies for your first paramotor flights. Within a couple of days you will be off on your first navigated cross country flight.
To get a taste of what it's really like to fly under power read this account of a paramotor flight over the West Pennines by some Airways Airsports paramotor students.
The newest development in paramotors is the paratrike. Taking all the effort out of paramotor launching, the paratrikes use a 3-wheeled buggy instead of the pilot's feet to take off and land. You will need to follow the NPPL (M) syllabus to fly a paratrike under the rules for Single Seat Deregulation (SSDR)
Choosing a Paramotor School
Airways Airsports is a full time paramotoring school, accredited by:
- BHPA (British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association)
- CAA (Civil Aviation Authority)
- BMAA (British Microlight Aircraft Association)
You can learn on our paramotoring equipment. We also have an on-site Paramotoring Shop with paramotors for sale, (both new and second hand), paramotor equipment including helmets, reserve parachutes, flying suits and instruments.