Frequently Asked Questions
Questions About Paragliding Equipment
How much does the equipment cost both new and used?
The equipment cost new averages $9,500.00. Used equipment can be purchased for about 60% of new price.
What other names are the powered paraglider called?
Powered paragliding; paramotoring (common name in Europe) Paraglider: Wing, glider, chute
Is the powered paraglider safe?
As all air sports, it has it’s risky aspect, but as the pilot hangs from an open parachute, this makes it inherently safer than all other airplanes.
Does equipment type differ for different size pilots?
Yes, the weight ratings of the wing and the engine thrust are very important to the size and weight of the pilot. Think about this before buying used equipment. Talk to your instructor before making equipment decisions.
How safe are these paraglider wings?
The modern paraglider is built and tested with loads up to 15 times greater than can be exerted during flight. The type of paraglider used with an engine is a DHV 1 one or standard rated glider that will continue to fly without pilot input.
What do the engines weigh and do I carry the weight?
The engines vary from 33 lbs to 65 lbs. The weight is carried by the pilot only until the wing is inflated and then the weight is burdened by the paraglider.
What happens if the engine stops?
The engine is only used to go up. At any time you can shut off the motor and land safely because you are flying with an open parachute that can glide up to 8 feet forward with only one foot down (8 to 1 glide ratio).
What type of gas do you use?
The same gas you use in your car mixed with 2 stroke oil.
General Questions About Flying
How do I get started if I want to fly a powered paraglider?
Find an instructor and take the course before you purchase equipment.
How long to the time I get to my take off site does it take to launch?
It takes anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes from the time you arrive to your site, unpack your equipment and put it on.
How maneuverable are they?
This airplane can fly sideways, backwards, turn on it’s own axis and fly close to the ground endlessly. You can take off in 1 foot and land on 1 foot in certain wind conditions. There is no other aircraft in the world that can do this!
Are there times and conditions when I cannot fly?
Yes, the fact that you are flying a very light airplane means that you are limited to light wind conditions up to 10 mph and morning and late afternoon flying. The mid-day skys are generally too rough to enjoy this type of flying. The exception to this is beach flying where you can fly all day long as the air is not disturbed by the ocean as much as it is by land.
Where can I fly the powered paraglider?
Anywhere that is not populated with a lot of houses or people. They are also prohibited within 5 miles from an airport.
Can you restart the paramotor in flight?
Yes, these new engines (top 80, Simonini) come with very high energy ignitions, that make starting very easy with a small tug on the pulll starter rope. You can stop the engine and soar and then restart anytime you like.
How long does it take to learn to fly a powered paraglider?
Most students can solo within a few days. The majority of training is done on the ground learning to control the wing. The actual flying is so easy that any person can control the powered paraglider once in flight. Paradrenalin offers training on many levels.
Is it possible to take a friend up with me?
It is possible to do tandem flights, however, years of experience is necessary, and tandem flights are only recommended for experienced pilots. Have your friend get his own powered paraglider.
How far can I fly?
The distance varies with the conditions of the day, but up to 40 miles is possible.
How far do you have to run to get airborne?
In light wind conditions (0 to 4 mph), you have to run 5 to 15 feet. With stronger winds (5 to 10 mph) you only have to run 1 to 5 feet.
How fast does the paraglider fly?
The speed varies with the type of paralgider used but will be between 17 and 28 miles per hour.
Do I need a license?
No, there is no license required for this sport in the USA.
How low can the powered paraglider fly?
The unique aspect of the powered paraglider is the fact the wing is some distance above the pilot. This allows flight at ground level from 10 inches up. (This cannot be done safely with any other aircraft in the world).
How high can the powered paraglider fly?
The world record for the powered paraglider is 18,000 feet, however majority of flying is between 150 and 300 feet above the ground.
How do you steer the paraglider?
Control is very easy. Simply pull the right handle to turn right, the left handle to turn left and pull both at five feet above the ground to stop with a gentle landing. Squeeze the throttle to climb and release it to glide back down.
How do you make the paraglider rise in the air from on the ground?
There are two methods to inflate the wing:
Forward – with the wing behind you in low wind conditions, you run and pull the wing up using your speed to inflate.
Reverse – with pilot facing the wing we use light winds to inflate and pull up the paraglider.