02 Gearing Up

The choices are daunting. Reviews provide some guidance, but new pilots should rely on a respected instructor. It’s always good to be informed, though. This chapter is a quick overview for the new student just getting started. More details appear in Section V: Choosing Gear.

New or more detailed information will be added here. Communications, for example, is a moving target. Instrumentation, too, has enjoyed innovation for the nerds among us. Some basics can prevent costly mistakes: think cylinder head temperature.

Entire chapters of the Powered Paragliding Bible are devoted to understanding wings, motors and various accessories, but sometimes we can present more details, more nuance, and more timely information here on FootFlyer. The book doesn’t cover much about costs so here is a breakdown of all the costs involved with flying powered paragliders.


The Perfect Beginner Paramotor

The perfect beginner paramotor looks a lot like the perfect paramotor (tips on the perfect beginner WING). But given how risky training is, some traits are way more important than others–as in the difference between success and serious injury. These traits are:...

Beginner Wings

Survive the Learning Process  Training is dangerous but the risk can be hugely reduced when instructors use best practices. A big one is insistence on benign-handling beginner wings flown within their rated range. Also insist on enough tow, hill, or tandem flights to...

About Powered Paragliding (PPG FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions about paramotor flying Click here on Educational for much more Ten minutes after putting your car in park, everything is ready. It’s just you perfect air, at the perfect place, ready to fly. Lay it out, ready yourself, throttle up, and...

Comparing Ultralights

So many choices! Do I want convenience? Do I want to go places? How much will it cost? How hard is it to fly? These and many other questions usually come to those choosing an ultralight. It’s not easy and the sales people for each one knows, for a fact, that...

The Cost of Powered Paragliding

It seems cheap and, relative to other forms of flight, it is. But is it really cheap? Here’s a look at what you can realistically expect to spend in your pursuit of flight. Cheap is always relative—be thankful you’re not maintaining a helicopter. When Don...