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.


Paramotor Pilot Age Range (Demographics)

I was 39 years old when paramotor consumed me. Nearly took over my life is more accurate. Little did I know how deep the dive would be, and boy has it been a fun run. At first it was mostly older people then some youngsters (to me) started joining in, probably the...

Bruised in Training? Is that Normal?

I recently got a question about whether bruising on the arm was to be expected since it concerned him about training safety. After all, we learn in airplanes all the time and it never involves getting bruised. I had no idea. It happened to me and I always assumed it...

Best Practices for Paramotor Instruction

Learning to paramotor appears to be the riskiest time of flying paramotor. Thankfully, there are some distinctive ways to improve your odds, starting with an experienced, certified instructor who commits to the practices below. One thing I’ve noticed is that...

Paraglider Towing for Training

Towing is valuable for training, especially in areas without hills, but carries extreme risk if not done properly. Here are some tips on what to look for in a towing operation. Solo tow operators are common, but even they acknowledge that the safest arrangement is for...

Exercise for Paramotor Training

This was introduced in PPG Bible edition 6, but here is the latest advice on before-training exercise. Thanks to Andrew Polidano, Australia, Chief Flight Instructor These flexibility and strength exercises will help prepare for foot launch training. Shoulders get sore...

A *Good* Instructor

There is a lot to it, and Instructors are the sports most important asset, but they’re still humans. The loudest mouths are more likely to be the worst choices. What Makes a Good Instructor? The single most important attribute of a good instructor is the ability...

Is More Power Safer?

I get questions about paramotors that sometimes include the comment: “I’d like to have extra power in case of emergencies.” It’s a common and sensible desire, but is it a good idea? And if so, how important is it? Before throwing in my 2 cents,...

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:...

Free Paramotor (PPG) Training?

Click here for the reality 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? More likely you’ll be treated like they’re doing you a...

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...

Free Training? Kurt Fister & Flight Junkies Review

THOROUGH training is your most important expenditure. Sometimes “free” is way more expensive (aka Kurt Pfister) Calling a capable instructor and threatening him was the last straw. Kurt Fister (aka Kurt Pfister) needs to be exposed for his horrifically...

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, your school should minimize it. See how they stack up. There are recommended practices that have been developed from watching...