Learn to Paramotor

A Paramotor is a foot-launched Powered Paraglider. The small, lightweight engine drives a propeller; the unit is strapped to your back with a harness that allows you to fly beneath a standard paragliding wing. It's the cheapest form of powered flying, allowing pilots to take off from a local flat field rather than an expensive and unnecessary airfield. Once airborne, the paramotor can be used to motor along and watch the world go by beneath you, or if conditions permit, soar in a thermal lift to make long cross country flights. The engine can be stopped and restarted in flight; most have electric starters, enabling the pilot to adapt their flight to the prevailing conditions.

Paramotoring is an exhilarating yet straightforward way to aviate; with minimal training by aviation standards and the right weather, it's possible to fly anytime anywhere. They are quickly and easily rigged and de-rigged and, once dismantled, can be put in the boot of a small car to travel to the most exciting flying locations.

Learn to Paramotor

Training

To fly a Paramotor, you will need a certain degree of mental awareness and be reasonably fit. Good co-ordination is a significant advantage.

You must learn to become proficient with the wing before attaching a Paramotor. For complete beginners, you will have to enroll in the Elementary Pilot course. However, the EP course will be tailored specifically towards the BHPA Paramotoring qualification. We concentrate on perfecting the ground handling and doing lots of short flights.

When you've gained EP, we recommend you continue your training with the Paragliding Club Pilot course. Once this has been completed adding the power unit is relatively easy. The knowledge gained learning Paragliding first is invaluable as a pilot. We will teach you on our own equipment to CP Paragliding. After that, we recommend the Paramotoring conversion is completed on your own equipment.

The BHPA Club Pilot (Power) qualification, once gained, allows pilots to fly without instructor supervision, providing that he/she keeps within two miles of the take-off point. The BHPA Paramotoring qualifications are the only ratings recognised by a British association. One significant advantage is the Third Party Liability cover to £5,000,000.

Active Edge is a BHPA registered Paragliding and Paramotoring School.

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