Flying a Paramotor aircraft, or commonly known as a Powered Paraglider, is easy to learn and simple to fly. The engine gives autonomy and freedom when flying and the paraglider wings give stability and safety, and an overall control over the aircraft.
Like every other adventure activity, Paramotoring comes with its misconceptions and doubts. It is important to clear all those misconceptions and solve all those doubts to really understand and pursue the sport.
Here are answers to 18 Frequently Asked Questions about Powered Paragliding or Paramotoring.
#1. Where can you fly a Powered Paraglider?
A Paramotor can be flown in any area that is not populated and does not fall within 8 kilometers from the airport.
A Powered Paraglider can be launched from and landed on any obstruction-free flat surface. It is vital for a Paramotor pilot to understand all airspace rules when flying a Paramotor.
#2. Is a license required to fly a Powered Paraglider?
No license is required to fly a Paramotor or a Powered Paraglider. It is required to get proper and complete training to be able to fly a Paramotor safely without bringing any harm to yourself or your expensive Paramotor kit.
#3. What kind of fuel is used in a Powered Paraglider?
A premium unleaded gas, mixed with premium full synthetic 2 stroke oil mixture depending on the engine is used to run a Powered Paraglider.
#4. How long does one tank of fuel last?
One tank full of fuel on a Powered Paraglider lasts for up to 2-3 hours of flight on a steady power.
#5. What is the average speed at which a Powered Paraglider fly?
The speed depends on the type and size of the wing, but it usually falls between 27-45 km/hour.
#6. What happens when the engine of the Powered Paraglider stops?
The purpose of the engine in a Powered Paraglider is to launch the aircraft, after which even when the engine is stopped, the aircraft will be able to glide and land safely because of the open parachute. It is possible to land in a small area with a Paramotor, which serves as an advantage in the case of an emergency landing.
#7. What are the times and conditions when one should not fly a Powered Paraglider?
On account of the size and weight of a paramotoring aircraft, the limitation of flying in light winds of up to 16km/hour, and during the morning hours and late afternoons needs to be kept in mind. In case of a more experienced pilot, it is possible to go a bit higher, provided the weather is good and the winds remain steady.
Mid-day skies are usually rough for Paramotor flying, with the exception of flying on the beach, where it is possible to fly a Paramotor all day, as the air is not disturbed by the ocean as much as it is disturbed by land around it.
#8. How high can a Powered Paraglider go?
A Powered Paraglider is usually flown at a height of 150 to 300 feet from the ground. There is a world record of a paramotor flight at 18,000 feet.
#9. How long of a run is required to go airborne?
In case of light winds of (up to 6 km/hour), a run of 5-15 feet, and in case of winds that are stronger (7-16 km/hour), a run of 1-5 feet is required to get the Paramotor airborne.
#10. How far can a Powered Paraglider fly?
A Powered Paraglider can cover a distance of 150 km, depending on the weather conditions during the day.
#11. How much does the engine of a Powered Paraglider weigh? Does the pilot carry the weight of the engine?
A Paramotor engine can weigh anywhere between 15 to 30 kg. This weight of the engine is carried by the pilot only till the point the wing gets inflated, after which the burden of the engine’s weight falls on the Paraglider.
#12. How long does it take to learn to fly a Powered Paraglider?
It is possible to learn to fly solo in a matter of few days.
#13. Is it possible to restart a Paramotor during the flight?
Yes. It is possible to restart a paramotor engine anytime during the flight.
#14. Does the size of the equipment vary with the size of the pilot?
Yes. The weight of the pilot of directly relevant to the weight rating of the wing and the engine thrust. it is recommended to take the opinion of your training instructor before buying an equipment.
#15. How much physical strength does it take to operate a Powered Paraglider?
If a person is in a good physical condition and can jog a small distance with a weight of 25 kg on his back, and does not suffer from any kind of knee or back problems, there should be no problem operating a Powered Paraglider for that person. If the 25 kg weight on the back is a bit much, or if the person suffers from a knee or back problem, a Paramotor attached to a Trike can be flown by them.
#16. How can a Powered Paraglider be transported?
The parts of a Powered Paraglider can be unassembled and reassembled easily. Once a Paramotor is unassembled, it can be even transported in the trunk of your car.
#17. How to choose which Paramotor and wings to buy?
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#18. How to get started if you want to fly a Powered Paraglider or a Paramotor?
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