There is no other feeling in the world like the wind in your hair, the earth way below your feet, and you soaring through the sky like a bird.
Too bad humans don’t have wings.
What we do have though, is paramotoring.
This sport has actually been around since the 80s, but is only now beginning to take off – no pun intended – when it comes to popularity. Paramotoring (a.k.a. powered paragliding) is very similar to hang-gliding, or, obviously, paragliding. The difference is a 50-pound engine strapped to your back.
Besides the fantastic feeling from FLYING you get, it is really pretty easy to get started in this sport (if you even need another reason). You really don’t need prior knowledge before you start to learn the ropes. Plus, you won’t have to spend an excessive amount of money each time you take off on a new adventure. You can expect to pay a few thousand to get started, but costs after that are minimal.
Plus, unlike paragliding, you can takeoff from just about any flat piece of land and your fuel supply will last you for longer trips. Some athletes even take up cross-country paramotoring!
You will also have the experience of seeing things like never before. You will quickly learn more about the world around you, especially weather and climate.
Paramotoring is also both exhilarating and relaxing at the same time. You can easily go at your own pace or enjoy the sport as part of a team.
In addition, the system is pretty easy to take with you. Can you haul a plane in your car? Not likely. But, a paramotoring system can be dismantled and transported.
How does it Work?
Paramotoring uses a fuel driven machine to get you airborne. This allows you to both shut it off to glide and gain altitude naturally or kick the engine back on to help you reach amazing speeds and heights.In fact, most paramotors can reach speeds between 25 and 40 mph and have reached nearly 30,000 feet.
One of the best things about these systems is that they are not very difficult to operate. However, it is still important for pilots to have a good understanding of the different parts. For example, you will need to learn a great deal about the throttle and the brake toggles before you take flight.
The most important thing you can do to keep safe while you are paramotoring is to have a strong knowledge about your paramotor. Like any sport, it takes time to learn the proper techniques. Always make sure you practice with experienced paramotor pilots before attempting anything solo.
After the exhilarating relief of finally completing your first flight, there is still the matter of inspecting and caring for your paramotor. Maintenance isn’t very costly – unless you allow your paramotor to be forgotten about, damaged, and need replacement.
Also, the engine might be heavy at first to carry around and wear before takeoff. Don’t worry though, during flight the weight of the engine will be supported completely by the glider. Over time, you will become accustomed to the weight of the engine and will come to enjoy the journey much more.
Paramotoring is a fantastic sport that many are falling in love with. If you haven’t tried this sport yet and are considering doing so, make sure you seek experienced paramotor pilots for help. After you are versed in all the steps, you will find that this sport is both extremely addictive and like nothing else you’ve ever experienced.
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Scenic photography from Aviator PPG.