Learn to Paramotor with SkySchool

Paramotor Courses

In 2020 SkySchool will be running Paramotor courses over the following dates in three different locations:

We have a limited number of slots on each course and they get booked up very quickly so we suggest you reserve your preferred course dates as early as possible. Discounts are available for groups of two or more. If you want to know what to expect on your first Paramotor flight watch this film. To make a booking or ask a question contact us.

Taster Courses

Taster Paramotoring Courses in the UK with SkySchool

The 1 & 2 day Taster courses are a great experience for anyone interested in Paramotoring and make a great gift. They are designed for complete beginners and follow the first few days of the APPI PPG syllabus which involves instruction with the Paraglider and Paramotor on the ground. They take place over weekends and give students a good understanding of the sport, as well as the opportunity to meet the team and potentially see others fly. The 1 & 2 days Taster Courses are run in the UK only.

Beginner Course

The 6 day Beginner course is designed for complete beginners and consists of the first half of the APPI PPG Pilot syllabus. Training consists of ground handling, motor usage instruction, a basic online theory course and normally culminates in at least 1 solo flight. At the end students can progress on to the 6 day Intermediate Course. The 6 day Beginner course is run in the UK, Spain and Portugal.

Intermediate Course

The 6 day Intermediate course is designed for those who have completed the Beginner course and for Paraglider pilots who have more than 20 hours experience. It follows the 2nd half of the APPI PPG Pilot syllabus, consisting of low level flying, precision landings, cross country tasks and more, as well as an online theory course covering meteorology, air law, navigation and more. Students should attain the APPI PPG Pilot License allowing them to fly without an instructor on their own equipment. The 6 day Intermediate course is run in Spain, Portugal and the UK, however we recommend Spain or Portugal where the weather is more consistent.

Zero to Hero Pilot Course

The 12 day Pilot course is the most popular as it allows students to attain the APPI PPG Pilot License in one sitting. It is designed for complete beginners and Paraglider Pilots with less than 20 hours experience. It follows the entire APPI PPG Pilot syllabus and is a combination of the Beginner and Intermediate courses, as described above. At the end of the course students should be able to fly without an instructor on their own equipment. The best place to sit the 12 day Pilot course is in Spain and Portugal but is also possible to sit the course in the UK.

Advanced Pilot Course

The 6 day Advanced Pilot course designed for qualified APPI PPG Pilots or those who have been flying for at least 10 hours and hold a similar license. It follows the APPI PPG Advanced Pilot Syllabus and is designed to improve the pilot's skills, knowledge, experience and ultimately their safety. At the end of the course students should attain the APPI PPG Advanced Pilot license. The Advanced Pilot course is run at the same time as the Intermediate courses in Spain and Portugal where the weather is more consistent.

ParaTrike Pilot Course

The ParaTrike Pilot course lasts between 6 and 12 days. Those with no previous Paramotoring experience sit the 12 day course and those with at least 10 hours Paramotoring experience sit the 6 day conversion course. The course follows the APPI ParaTrike Pilot Syllabus, at the end students should attain the APPI ParaTrike Pilot License and be ready to fly without an instructor on their own equipment. The 12 day ParaTrike Pilot course is only run in Spain due to low winds and an enormous training site, both of which are ideal when learning how to fly a ParaTrike.

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What type of people learn how to Paramotor?

The type of people who learn to Paramotor is quite literally anyone! As an International School, we've trained a lot of people from many countries around the world, with the highest percentage coming from the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, India, USA, Holland, Spain, France and the Middle East. Out of our 1500+ students, their ages have ranged from 16 to 70 years old and in recent years, we have taught an increasing number of Women, which is fantastic for the sport. Even though SkySchool is a British company and teaches predominantly in English, we also have Instructors who speak Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish and French.

What is the range of a paramotor?

Most Paramotors have a range of between and 2 and 3 hours. However, this depends upon the size of the fuel tank, the weight of the pilot, the size and performance of the wing, and the type of flying the Pilot is doing. When flown correctly Paramotor, pilots can cover several hundred kilometres by using stronger winds at altitude to help increase their ground speed.

Is there a weight limit for a Paramotor?

There currently is not a weight limit for a Paramotor, but different weights require different Paramotoring Equipment. At SkySchool we can teach students weighing up to 130kgs. Anymore than this, we would require bespoke equipment which will need to be ordered in advance of a Course. For those weighing over 130kgs, they may be better off sitting a ParaTrike course as ParaTrikes have more powerful engines and larger wings, meaning they can take Pilots weighing up to 150kgs.

Is Paragliding safer than Skydiving?

Paramotoring is in fact safer than both Paragliding and Skydiving statistically. This is because Paramotor Pilots do not require strong winds or thermals in order to fly, nor are they reaching terminal velocity or landing at high speeds.

Is Paragliding Safe?

Paramotoring is in fact safer than Paragliding. This is because Paramotor Pilots who have received the correct training and fly with good Equipment, only tend to fly when the wind is low at the beginning and end of the day when there are no thermals. However, Paraglider Pilots rely on either stronger wind speeds or relatively unstable air in the form of thermals in order to maintain and gain altitude. This increases the risk of the wing having a deflation, as the air is more turbulent, which a Paramotor Pilot can easily avoid.

I have a physical disability, can I learn to fly a ParaTrike?

We offer ParaTrike Courses for those with a physical disability now that single seat ParaTrikes, weighing less than 65kgs, have been deregulated in the UK. Ever since the Flying for Heroes project in 2014, SkySchool has been involved in teaching those with physical disabilities how to fly and we currently offer bespoke ParaTrike Training courses in Italy.

How far can you go on a paramotor?

The world distance record for the furthest flight on a Paramotor is 1,105km set by Ramon Morillas in 2007. However, he was flying with a 50 litre fuel tank and had a strong tail wind. On average, most Paramotors have a flight time of between 2 and 3 hours and Pilots tend to fly either out and return or triangle cross country routes, which means they do not cover as much distance. When flying an A to B route downwind Pilots have been know to fly several hundreds of kilometres.

How dangerous is a paramotor?

As a sport, Paramotoring is effectively as safe as you are. However, the Paramotor itself is inherently dangerous when used incorrectly or started on the ground. When used correctly, Paramotoring and the Paramotor is safe, as long as you receive professional instruction, obey the safety rules, respect the weather and always start the engine on your back!

Do you teach people how to Paraglide in the UK as well?

In the UK, we use some very low hills that allows students to take off, fly up 2m above the ground and land with just the Paraglider. However, we do not teach any ridge soaring or other aspects of Paragliding.

Do you run ParaTrike courses in the UK?

We currently do not run ParaTrike Courses in the UK because ParaTriking requires much lower and more consistent wind speeds. We, therefore, only run ParaTrike courses overseas where the weather is more predictable.

Do you need a license to operate a paramotor?

In the UK, you do not require a license to fly a Paramotor as they are deregulated under the Air Navigation Order. However you must still obey the Air Law regulations in order to remain legal, all of which is covered during your SkySchool Paramotor course. In order to be safe as possible, it is recommended that you complete the full APPI PPG Pilot course and attain the license. This also allows you to fly legally and take out insurance in certain other countries around the world.

Do I need to learn how to Paraglide first?

You do not need to learn how to Paraglide first before going on a Paramotoring course. It is a common misconception that you need to have flown a Paraglider before learning to Paramotor, however this is not the case. The APPI PPG training system uses hand towing to teach complete beginners. It is an excellent method, as it allows the student to simulate the body position required to take off with a Paramotor, while also practising how to steer and land the Paraglider, all within a controlled environment. Paragliding requires a very different body position during take off and students with previous paragliding experience have been know to struggle to adjust their body position for Paramotoring.

Are Powered Paragliders safe?

Powered Paragliders are as safe as the pilot flying them. If the pilot has received safe and professional training, brought the right equipment, obeys the safety and legal rules of the dountry in question, then they will have many years flying Powered Paragliders safely. The moment that a pilot ignores one of these, then the risk is increased and accidents can occur.

When do the courses start and finish in the UK?

The UK Paramotor Courses start at 09:30 each Saturday and finish on Thursday afternoon/evening. The Taster Courses only run over weekends. Friday is usually the Team's day off, however, when it’s flyable we usually take advantage of it as we love helping get our students flying!

What time of the year do the courses run in the UK and why?

We only run the UK Paramotor Courses July and August, this is because the weather will most likely be able to provide better flying conditions during the summer months.

What is the nearest Train station to the UK training site?

The nearest train station to the UK training site is Banbury, which is an hour’s journey from Marylebone, London. From there, you can take a 15 minute taxi to Shenington Airfield.

What happens if the weather is bad in the UK?

All lost Training days stay in credit for up to 2 years to be used at a later date. At the end of the course, the SkySchool Team will confirm how many days you have in credit with us.

What are the benefits of Training in the UK vs Overseas?

The only benefit of training in the UK is that you do not have to travel as far, especially for those who live locally, as this saves them the cost of Travel and Accommodation. The UK is a great place to learn the basics, meet the SkySchool Team and make the most of the weather when it allows us to fly! However, the UK climate can never be relied upon to provide consistent weather, hence why we run the majority of our training courses overseas.

Is Accommodation included in the course fee in the UK?

Accommodation is not included in the course fee in the UK. There is the option to camp or to bring a campervan to Shenington Airfield, which has some basic facilities including electricity, bathrooms and a kitchen. Alternatively, you can stay off site in a wide range B&B’s or hotels that can be found on AirBnB and Booking.com

How many flights can I expect to do on a 6 day course in the UK?

The number of flights you can expect to do on a 6 day course in the UK is at least 1 solo flight.

Where can I Learn to Paramotor?

At SkySchool, we run Paramotor Courses in the UK, Spain and the United Arab Emirates. Our Spanish courses take place near Seville in April, October and November. Our UK courses take place near Banbury in Oxfordshire in July and August.

Is learning to Fly a Paramotor hard?

Learning to fly a Paramotor can be very easy for some people and quite hard for others. Due to the physical aspect of the sport, the fitter you are the easier it is to learn how to Paramotor initially. However, the Paramotor Course is designed to cater for those with different levels of fitness. Also, the Paramotor Course is designed to be run at the pace of the individual.

How safe is Paramotoring?

Paramotoring is as safe as you are! Statistically, it is the safest form of Powered Flight. This is due to the slow speeds Paramotors fly at compared to other aircraft. It is also because most pilots only fly in suitable weather and in a responsible manner having received professional instruction and bought high quality equipment. As long as the Paramotoring community continues to follow these principles, the sport will maintain its high safety record.

How old do I need to be to learn how to Paramotor?

You need to be at least 16 years old and have parental permission to sit a Paramotor Course with SkySchool. For those younger than 16 years old, we can provide ground-handling instruction and in some cases, Tandem flights, yet again with parental permission.

How much does it cost to Learn to Paramotor?

At SkySchool, we charge the following: £175 for 1 day Taster Course / £275 for 2 day Taster Course / £795 for a 6 day Course in Spain / £845 for a 6 day Course in the UK / £1295 for a 12 day Course in Spain / £1395 for a 12 day Course in the UK / These prices include all kit, fuel and log books.

How long does it take to learn to paramotor?

On average, it usually takes 6 days of Paramotor Training to learn how to Paramotor, but you may still require further instruction. It usually takes 12 days of Paramotor Training to learn how to fly safely without an instructor. At the end of the 12-day course, students should have completed at least 15 solo flights, logged more than 3 hours flying solo and passed the exam in order to attain the APPI PPG Pilot license. Having attained the APPI PPG Pilot license, students can then buy equipment at discounted prices through us, having test flown our range of kit and been advised by the SkySchool Team on what is suitable for them.

Do I need to sit a Taster Course in the UK first?

You do not need to sit a Taster Course before your sit a Paramotor Course with SkySchool. The Tasters are designed as an introduction to the sport for those who have an interest in it. They therefore make the ideal Gift.

Do I need to have a medical to sit a Paramotor Course?

You do not need to have a Medical to sit a Paramotor Course. However, if you have any health or physical issues, we suggest that you ask your GP for advice prior to sitting the course. If you are taking any medication or have an existing medical condition that may impede your training, please let us know.

Do I need a license to fly a Paramotor?

You do not need a license to fly a Paramotor in the UK. However, you do in certain other countries around the world. In the UK, the CAA has deregulated Paramotoring. This means we can fly in open Airspace, known as Class G, during daylight hours and with land owners permission. Paramotors must also adhere to the Rules of Air Regulations, which include collision avoidance, the 500ft rule and Visual Flight Rules (VFR) that govern the procedures for flying outside controlled airspace under Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC).

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