31: Traveling with Gear

Traveling so readily with your aircraft is unique to powered paragliding. It’s not always easy, but it’s almost always worth the effort. Taking just the wing and a harness for free-flying is even easier.

Public transportation, especially the airlines, is a gamble. Transporting by any form of air may get even more challenging as the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) now requires all cargo to be screened, even what gets shipped on cargo-only aircraft.

Fortunately, the other methods outlined in Chapter 31 are still just as viable and affordable.


Paramotor Transport Platform

This was at our hotel during the Bad Apples fly-in. It’s clever, well-implemented and seemed worthy of sharing. Of course it requires welding and steel cutting but capable humans without those abilities may be able to come up with clever substitutes. One caution...

Clever Car Carrier

This clever contraption by Johnson Qu may be the best platform I’ve seen for ease of carrying. It’s better than a the standard version because the frame tucks under a rail, negating the need for straps. You’d probably have a backup strap that also...

Importing & Shipping Paramotors

Customs requirements for powered paragliding gear Getting gear across borders can be a hassle, even more so for those who are in the business. All a private individual has to do is show that it’s his and that he’s not selling the gear. That can be done...

Bicycle Transport

Dave Moore wants to save his fuel for flying. Fortunately he doesn’t have very far to go so pedaling is acceptable propulsion. Although this one people-power motor doesn’t go very fast, it has good fuel economy–about 18 miles per pizza slice. He...

Airline Travel with Paramotor (PPG)

Every time I hear someone tell of their success at taking a paramotor on the airlines it makes me cringe just a bit. Kind of like when someone says they stalled their wing and “it wasn’t that bad.” Maybe THAT time it wasn’t, but in fact,...

Shipping A Paramotor: Violation

It’s always been a crap shoot to check paramotors on airliners but even I didn’t realize how bad it could be. A pilot had shipped his paramotor for an overseas adventure and when he got back the paramotor arrived sans its engine. Then, some weeks later a...

Protection for Rack-Stored Paramotor

My poor motor used to travel unprotected on the Enterprise’s rear rack (see picture above right) but now she stays covered. There are better covers, especially custom versions that cover everything including the bottom then zip up to keep dust out. But for...