01 Training

Quality training is the safest path to becoming a paramotor pilot, and much of Chapter 1 describes the process along with what you should look for in a school.


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:...

Best Practices for Paramotor Instruction

Learning has proven to be among the riskiest parts of becoming a paramotor pilot but there are some distinctive ways to improve your odds. Start with an experienced, certified instructor who commits to the practices below. Or watch him teach. Is he competent? Does he...

Free Paramotor (PPG) Training?

The Travesty Of “Free” Powered Paraglider Training & Kurt Fister Think about it for a moment. How much value will an instructor put on something they’re giving away? You’ll more likely be treated like they’re doing you a favor. How...

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...

Choosing the Right School

Anyone can declare themselves an instructor so make sure they are at least certified by the USPPA or USHPA. Even better is that they come recommended by a responsible, trusted pilot. There are a few great instructors that aren’t yet certified but it is up to you...

Why Paramotor Ratings?

I fielded a question about why USPPA issues ratings. This person seemed weirdly upset, like they were put upon, or that USPPA was trying to pull the wool over pilots eyes that ratings are required. I never understand that since voluntary efforts at recognizing...

Training Risk

See also “Free Training In 50 States: Kurt Fister” It’s well established that skimping on training is a bad trade, especially the “Free Training” offers. Some may succeed but many more fail afterwards due to frustration, equipment damage...

Choosing a First Paraglider

I get frequent questions about what glider is best for beginners. Training accidents show this to be a critical choice. Several trainees have died in accidents that would not have happened had they been flying benign, appropriately sized school wings. A good...

A *Good* Instructor

There is a lot to it, and Instructors are the sports most important asset, but they’re still humans. What Makes a Good Instructor? The single most important attribute of a good instructor is the ability to teach! Some are exceptional, most are average, a few are...

How Good is (was) my Training?

Ask these questions before starting any training program. Your life may depend on it. Training and the first few flights are risk intensive. See how your school stacks up. There are recommended practices that come from watching the accidents over many years and...