Powered Paragliding Schools

Recommendations for Your Most Important Paramotoring Decision

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The most important thing you'll do when getting into powered paragliding is choose who and where to learn from. The only way to know that you're getting thorough training is to ask that the instructor use the USPPA syllabus.

An instructor must be, above all, a good teacher. There's no benefit in having an expert at aerobatics or competition or whatever unless they know how to teach beginners. That's a skill. Combine that skill with the assurance of thoroughness and you'll greatly improve your odds of success--not just in training, but after you leave training.

Seek out thorough training. You will not become a pilot in three days. To safely set out on your own really takes a minimum of about 20 to 40 supervised flights over five to ten days. It also requires some head knowledge to learn about ancillary areas of weather and aviation.

Buy the equipment your instructor sells. Unless you have some specific requirement, such as known travel, don't worry about gear. Don't think you'll find "the best gear." And if a seller tries to tell you that one particular brand is "the best," run away. That's utter poppycock. It's like saying one airplane is "the best." The best at what? Some are lightweight, some have weight shift, some are balanced well, some are high hook-in, some are low hook-in, but no one is "best."

In almost all cases, students like what they learned on. So get a good, reputable instructor who's willing to do the hard work of training, pay him/her what it's worth ($2000 for really thorough training) and reap the benefits for years.



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