Learn to fly a Paramotor
Finding the right school to learn for paramotor tuition can be a challenging experience for the novice pilot. We try to make it easy for you by giving you all the paramotoring information you need, then suggest you to try a paramotor "day taster" before commiting to a full course.
Airways Airsports is a full time paramotor school, accredited by BHPA, CAA & BMAA
We teach to the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association's syllabus for foot launched powered aircraft (FLPA). We believe that the best paramotor pilots are those that learn to fly their paraglider first, and then we introduce the element of power (it’s common sense really). However, if you only ever intend to fly paramotors you don’t have to complete the full Paragliding Club Pilot course.
Winch Training speeds learning
At Airways Airsports we use the advantage of training on a winch to help people learn to paramotor quickly, safely and relatively easily. Your paramotor course starts by using the winch to get your paraglider handling skills up to scratch, learning consistent launch and landing techniques. You are then introduced to your paramotor and, as you are already familiar with your wing, learning to fly with the paramotor on your back is much easier. Also, because towing on the winch simulates the takeoff attitude of a paramotor under power, initial flights using the paramotor are much more controlled and relaxed.
Other elements of the course include working with the engine, navigation, meteorology and air law. Finally there are some qualifying cross country paramotor flights and a written exam to complete the course.
Our Paramotor course lasts 8-10 days, which can be taken as a block or a couple of days at a time, you learn at a rate that suits you and your circumstances. As with all our courses, teaching is progressive and once you have mastered the basic skills on the winch, your road to paramotoring is straightforward.
One thing worth noting; having started down the power route, many people decide they might as well get their full paragliding Club Pilot qualification anyway. For these pilots we offer a simple conversion course to gain your qualification. It's not vital but many students think it is a useful and good option.
A final but vital point to consider when choosing a school to learn to paramotor, at Airways Airwports, we can teach you paramotoring using our paramotors.
This is a major reason why so many people learn to paramotor with Airways - you don't need to spend thousands on a paramotor unit before you know what you are buying. It's common sense really, well you wouldn't buy a car before test driving it so why buy a paramotor before you learn how to fly it?
Naturally, if you break anything during training you replace it, but by the time you buy your own equipment, you will be skilled enough to know what you are looking for.
For pilots who already have a paragliding rating, this is a very popular conversion that opens the door to total pilot autonomy. Add a paramotoring qualification to your winch or hill CP and all you need is an open flat space to get you airborne.
Our two-day paramotor conversion course introduces techniques for using paramotors with your paraglider. It’s like having your own personal hill in the boot of your car!