Learn to Paramotor with SkySchool

Paramotor Courses

In 2021 SkySchool will run Paramotor courses in the UK and Portugal. 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. We run the following courses:

Online Theory Course

The Online Theory course includes videos of the lecture, short quizzes, downloadable PDFs, the Pilot Exam and more. It is an excellent way for students to gain theoretical knowledge while learning the sport's terminology before starting their practical course. It does not replace training with a qualified Instructor! The course is available worldwide and costs $125 (Approximately £100). If you book a Pilot course afterwards this amount is discounted from the course fee. We suggest you watch the Tutorial for the course first before enrolling in it here.

Taster Course

The Taster course is a great gift to give anyone interested in Paramotoring. The 2 day course follows the first few days of the APPI PPG syllabus and involves learning how to control the Paraglider and Paramotor on the ground. If the weather is suitable students have the opportunity to get airborne with just the wing by being hand towed up to 5m from the ground. After the course they will be able to decide whether they wish to sit a longer course in order to fly solo. The Taster courses take place over weekends and are run in the UK only.

Beginner Course

The Beginner course lasts up to 6 days and is designed for complete beginners, it consists of the first half of the APPI PPG Pilot syllabus. Training includes ground handling, motor usage, basic theory and more. It is designed to allow students to complete at least one solo flight. At the end students can progress on to the Intermediate Course which is designed to qualify them as an APPI PPG Pilot. The Beginner courses are run in the UK and Portugal.

Intermediate Course

The Intermediate course lasts up to 6 days and is designed for those who have completed their first solo Paramotor flight and for experienced Paraglider pilots who wish to convert to Paramotoring. It follows the 2nd half of the APPI PPG Pilot syllabus, consisting of low level flying, precision landings, cross country tasks and more advanced theory, culminating in an Exam which covers meteorology, air law, navigation and more. Students need to complete a minimum of 15 solo flights and log at least 3 hours in order to attain the APPI PPG Pilot License. Once qualified Pilots can fly without an instructor, take out insurance with AXA and buy their own equipment. The Intermediate course is run in the UK and Portugal.

Pilot Course

The Pilot course is the most popular course we run and lasts up to 12 days. It is a combination of the Beginner and Intermediate courses, as described above, and is designed to allow complete beginners and inexperienced Paraglider pilots to attain the APPI PPG Pilot License. Once qualified Pilots can fly without an instructor, take out insurance with AXA and buy their own equipment. The Intermediate course is run in the UK and Portugal.

Advanced Pilot Course

The Advanced Pilot course lasts up to 6 days. It is designed for qualified APPI PPG Pilots or those who have at least 10 hours Paramotoring experience 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 in Portugal only.

ParaTrike Courses

Just like the Paramotor courses, we also run beginner and intermediate ParaTrike courses. The Beginner course is designed to allow students to have their first solo flight and Intermediate course is designed to qualify students as APPI ParaTrike Pilots. Both courses follow the APPI ParaTrike Syllabus. Complete beginners need to sit the Pilot course, which consists of both the Beginner and Intermediate courses. Qualified APPI PPG Pilots can convert to ParaTriking by sitting the Intermediate course. To discover more watch this film. The ParaTrike courses are run in Portugal only.


SkySchool's Training Systems, Top Tips, Reviews and FAQ's

  • Discover more about the APPI PPG Training system here
  • Discover more about the APPI ParaTrike Training system here
  • Watch our Top Tips for Paramotoring series here

Faqs

Where can I Learn to Paramotor?

At SkySchool, we run Paramotor Courses in the UK and Portugal. Our Portugal courses take place at Ferrel near Lisbon in May, September and October. Our UK courses take place at Hinton in the Hedges Airfield near Banbury in Oxfordshire in late June, July, August and early September.

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?

You can see all of our latest prices on the location pages.

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).

Reviews

Looking forward to a SkyWeek Trip now Harley -
If you are considering paramotor training look no further.
Published 14/10/17
Great Team and Good Price Andrew -
Brilliant instructors, great equipment and a good price! Definitely, would recommend to anyone who wants to learn to fly and have a great time doing so!
Published 14/10/17
SkySchool are superb Steve -
They took me having no flying or kiting experience to having my first solo flight within 4 days and, after a 2 week course, I have my APPI Paramotor licence and 15 flights under my belt. The training was methodical but relaxed and the SkySchool team and instructors have one simple mission - to train you to be a safe self reliant pilot so you can enjoy the sport confidently after you have qualified.
Published 01/10/17
Great Team Adrian -
Great team, both fun and very professional and would recommend to anyone wanting to learn to Paramotor.
Published 24/09/17
World class pilots, a passion for teaching Jordan -
I cannot praise SkySchool enough! The instructors are both world class pilots in their own right but also have a passion for teaching. They genuinely care about each student and tailor their teaching to meet you where you are... progressing faster for some and slower for others. It truly amazes me on their ability to provide personalised instruction. Learning to fly could not have been safer, more fun or as easily achieved!
Published 06/06/16

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