Paramotor Training

An updated list with USPPA certified paramotor training instructors, schools, pricing, and ratings.

Getting started with paramotor training is made easier by using the many resources available here. Whether you are looking to start flying for the first time or continue improving your skills with more advanced courses this is the most updated source to do it. All of our information is backed by real data that you can access.

Paramotor Training Facts and Stats 2020

Based on a growing database of 102 USPPA certified paramotor training schools.

Most Popular School

This is calculated by adding all of their social media followers.
  1. Aviator Paramotor
  2. Blackhawk Paramotors USA
  3. Midwest Powered Paragliding

Highest Rated School

Based on Google Review stars and total number of ratings.
  1. Aviator Paramotor
  2. Blackhawk Paramotors USA
  3. Midwest Powered Paragliding

Average Cost Per Day

Based on updated database cost per day without gear rental.
$322

Average Time to Complete

How many days it takes to complete basic training.
8 Days

Instructor with Most Ratings Given

The most all-time ratings given to students (PPG1 - PPG3)
  1. Paul Czarnecki - 335
  2. Dave Halcomb - 330
  3. Joe Daryle Cruz  - 231

Instructor with Most Recent Ratings

Instructor that has given the most ratings in the last 12 mo.
  1. AJ Goin - 81
  2. Dave Halcomb - 78
  3. Michael Mixer - 42

States with the Most Instructors

States with the most instructors located there.
  1. Florida - 18
  2. California - 12
  3. Texas - 9

Instructor Favorite Brands

The most Instructors use these brands.
  1. Ozone - 38
  2. Miniplane - 33
  3. Parajet- 31

Different Types of Paramotor Training and What to Expect

From all of the courses we have seen these are the different kinds of paramotor training that are offered in the US.

Basic Training:

  • Ground school, safety, FAA regulations.
  • Glider maintenance.
  • Understanding of the equipment.
  • Glider computer simulation.
  • Weather theory.
  • Reserve training.
  • Glider control mastery before even taking flight.
  • Limited free-flight experience
  • Tandem training
  • Supervised solos (2-4 days)
Rating Qualifications:
  • ASC
  • USPPA

Advanced Training:

  • Increase pilot knowledge and skills to several years in a few days.
  • Flying with other pilots.
  • Cross country flights.
  • Big ears.
  • Low to the ground flying.
  • Spot Landing.
  • Fine tuning ground handling and inflight skills.
  • SIV Clinic.
  • Boat towing.
  • Requires student own their own gear.
  • Extra safety gear such as reserves and flotation devices often required.

 

Trike / Quad Training
  • Terminology and Maintenance
  • Basic Meteorology
  • Aviation Regulations
  • Inflation Techniques
  • Flight patterns and Procedures
  • Solo Flight
Foot Launch Training
  • Terminology and Maintenance
  • Basic Meteorology
  • Aviation Regulations
  • Inflation Techniques
  • Flight patterns and Procedures
  • Solo Flight
SIV Courses
  • For existing pilots.
  • Basic collapse recovery.
  • Gear testing.
  • Acrobatics training.
  • Recover from collapse, deflations, stall.
  • Free runs to show instructors previous knowledge.
  • Boat tow flight over water for safety.
  • Reserve throw training.

The Goal of Paramotor Training

Our goal is to improve the safety of paramotoring by creating cohesion within the industry, providing a constantly updated source of USPPA certified instructors, ratings, and pricing information. There are currently 30,000 paramotor pilots worldwide and growing. As more people learn how to fly paramotors it becomes more important that everyone has access to quality information about who they are training with. This is for the safety and well-being of everyone involved and also for the reputation of the sport which has steadily become more safe as more data is being collected and paramotor gear is continually being innovated.

Student training to fly a paramotor

Can You Train Yourself to Fly a Paramotor?

It is currently legal to teach yourself how to fly a paramotor, but this website has been created to help inform those interested in learning how to fly paramotors also called PPG (powered paragliding) why this is not a good idea and has resulted in many horrific accidents. Pictured to the left is a live map of wind conditions across the U.S. A qualified instructor can teach you how to navigate unexpected dangers like a deflation. Being trained by a USPPA certified paramotor instructor does not guarantee you will avoid accidents, but when given the proper training and equipment you are much more prepared to should they arise.

How Long Does it Take to Learn to Paramotor?

Every student learns at their own pace and is encouraged to do so. According to our map of USPPA certified paramotor instructors the average time it takes to learn paramotor is 8 sessions lasting around 5 hours each. The total time to train depends on your goals when flying a paramotor. If you want to fly cross country and leisurely it will be a much different training experience than someone who is looking to take part in serious aerial acrobatics such as in an SIV course. We highly recommend every paramotor pilot take an SIV (Simulation d ’Incident en Vol) course within the first 30 days of receiving basic training.

How Much Do Paramotor Lessons Cost?

Based on our updated database of USPPA certified instructors you can expect paramotor lessons and training to cost between $1,500-3,500 for an average of $322 per day and 8 days of training. This is a worthwhile investment to protect yourself and those around you while enjoying the sport. This of course is not including the cost to buy gear which can range from $8,000 - $12,000 depending on what you decide to purchase.

Paramotor training lessons two paramotor flyers
How hard is it to fly a paramotor?

How Hard is It to fly a Paramotor?

Paramotors are considered easy to learn and fly if a student finds a certified instructor to help pass on decades of experience. Without an instructors help there are many ways to get injured and experience accidents that can be avoided. Because paramotors are launched from the ground off of the feet they can take off from most open flat fields in accordance with FAA guidelines for ultralight aircraft.

How Dangerous is Paramotoring?

Paramotoring is considered very safe based on current safety statistics put out by the USPPA.org. Their goal is to continue improving the training of the sport for everyone involved by taking detailed records of any accidents. For personal flight Paramotoring is one of the safest forms of personal flight ever created. Because of many continued advances in paramotor technology there are many safety options available for those training. The USPPA provides tools for pilots and instructors to become educated using real data, but it is always up to them to actually use this growing knowledge base. There are 465 incident reports to date. It is the goal of any legitimate instructor to see their students stay healthy and fly well into old age. Improving safety and awareness is the goal of the USPPA and this website and it will continue to improve the reputation and adoption of this thrilling sport.

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