Frequently Asked Paramotoring Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


1. 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 it's high safety record.


2. Do I need to learn how to Paraglide first?

No, you do not. 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.


3. Do I need to buy Equipment before coming on a course and what clothing do I need?

No, you do not need to buy equipment before coming on a SkySchool course. We provide all equipment as part of the course fee. This allows us to open up this fantastic sport to more people as opposed to only those who can afford to buy equipment first. It also allows people to 'Fly before they Buy'! When it comes to clothing we recommend you bring ankle supporting boots and clothes suitable for being outdoors. It can also be cold when flying, even in hot countries, so bring trousers, a jacket and some lightweight gloves.


4. 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 less than 16 years old we can provide ground handling instruction and in some cases Tandem flights, yet again with parental permission.


5. Do I need a license to fly a Paramotor?

No, you don't need a license to fly a Paramotor in the UK however you do in certain other countries around the world. In the UK Paramotoring is deregulated by the CAA, 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).


6. What type of people learn how to Paramotor?

The simple answer 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.


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

Yes, we run ParaTrike courses 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.


8. Do I need to have a medical to sit a Paramotor course?

No you do not. However if you have any health or physical issues we suggest you ask your GP for advice prior to sitting the course. If you are taking any medication or have an existing medical condition which may impede your training please let us know.


9. What is the safest Paramotor?

There is no 'Safest Paramotor' as all Paramotors are inherently unsafe when handled incorrectly due to the spinning propellor. However some Paramotors, such as the Parajet V3, are safer than others due to their robust frame. Never ever start the Paramotor on the ground and instead always start it on your back, as 70% of accidents take place when running the Paramotor on the ground. All of this is covered throughout the course.


10. What is the safest Paraglider?

Yet again there is no 'Safest Paraglider' however there are some gliders which are more suitable for beginners and intermediates. In the school we use the Ozone Spark which is a very easy glider to launch, fly and land however after training we recommend qualified Pilots buy the Ozone Roadster 3 which is a faster and more dynamic glider. With its shark nose profile it is very easy to launch, even in nil wind, and the semi reflex system allows for a good speed range while making it very solid in flight. It is therefore the ideal glider for those who have recently completed their training.


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