COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT BASIC TRAINING
What is Paramotor "basic training"?
Our "basic" training is designed to take someone with zero experience and within 8-10 days, have all the basics to fly safely and confidently alone. You are not done training until you feel comfortable going to fly on your own. The vast majority of students will leave our 10-day program as confident novice pilots ready to fly on their own. We offer PPG1, PPG2, and PPG3 ratings during basic training. All students who solo during training will leave our program with a PPG1 rating and will continue to work on their requirements for PPG2 (usually achieved within a few weeks of finishing our course). As you continue to develop your skills on your own, we will work with you remotely and in person until you achieve your PPG3 rating.
Learn more about USPPA ratings here: USPPA Ratings
Our "advanced" training includes the following ratings: USPPA Instructor, USPPA Tandem Trainee, USPPA Tandem Instructor. Contact us for more information about advanced training.
How much is the basic training course?
Our basic training course is $2500 and includes the rental gear. You can save $1000 when you purchase new gear from us (paramotor and wing).
What is included with the Basic Training course?
When you sign up for basic training, the journey starts right away:
We will mail you a welcome kit that includes a copy of the "Powered Paragliding Bible" by Jeff Goin. We will also give you access to Andre Bandarra's Ground Handling Course so you can view all 20 modules before you arrive for training.
You'll get started with: 320 pages (32 chapters) + 20 videos of exclusive content to help you understand the essentials all BEFORE you even show up to start training.
During the 8-10 days that we'll spend together, you will master all the basics including ground handling, ground school (weather, airspace, aerodynamics, etc), and of course flying! You'll complete the ground school tests for PPG1 and PPG2 ratings and you will obtain the PPG1 rating. You will also begin to work on the PPG2 rating.
Ground school + Tests + Ground Handling + Simulator + Flying
You'll leave our course with a mastery of the basics but the learning continues. With access to the PPG Bible and the online Ground Handling course, you will continue to learn and master skills on your own for the next several months and years. When you're ready, we encourage you to purchase the "Freestyle 101" course by Shane Denherder. This will help you evolve from a novice/intermediate pilot to a more advanced pilot. We are dedicated to your long-term growth in the sport so we are happy to gift you access to this course in the form of full reimbursement. You purchase the program ($80) and watch all the modules and we'll reimburse you for the purchase.
Who is the ideal student for this "bootcamp" approach?
Our training program is rigorous and intense. That's why we call it "Bootcamp". The ideal student for this style of training must be physically fit, eager to learn, and have the stamina to endure long days and physically demanding conditions. In our experience, students under the age of 50 are typically more likely to succeed with this intense style of training. If you are not sure about your physical ability, give us a call or reach out to us to discuss. Virtually ANYONE can learn to fly a paramotor but we recommend a different format of training for those who may not be able to complete our "Bootcamp" style of training.
How do I know if paramotoring is for me?
If you have ever dreamt of flying or if you've been involved with any form of aviation, odds are you're going to love paramotoring. If you enjoy the feeling of riding a motorcycle, you're probably going to like the feeling of flying a paramotor. We have trained students who were simply curious about this sport and were just looking for a new hobby or a change of pace in their life (midlife crisis?), and after learning to fly, they didn't fly as often as they thought they would and they eventually fizzled out of this sport.
We want to be very clear about this...paramotoring is incredibly fun and rewarding but it's not as easy as it may seem. When you watch experienced pilots (like you may have seen on youtube), just know that they have put in a considerable amount of time, effort, and perhaps even blood, sweat, and tears to master these skills. Like any sport/hobby, it takes time and effort to become proficient.
THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT IF YOU'RE WILLING TO SPEND THE TIME AND PUT IN THE EFFORT, PARAMOTORING CAN QUICKLY BECOME ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING AND FULFILLING THINGS THAT YOU DO!
I can't do a 10-day course. Are there other options?
Our primary training method is the 10-day training course. We occasionally offer individual session training to students who can't attend one of our courses. If you are committed to training with us and you plan on purchasing new gear from us, we may be able to train you outside of our scheduled courses. For more information please contact us individually. For session training in Arizona, call/text Nik at 480-293-4883. For session training in Utah, call/text Noah at 435-571-1942.
Where do you do the bootcamp training courses?
From November - April we do our training course in Arizona at a field near Maricopa, AZ.
From May - October we do our training course in Utah at an airport near Eagle Mountain, UT.
Logistics - Both of our training locations allow for camping. Students are welcome to bring camp trailers (dry camping) and stay on-site for the duration of the course. As an alternative, students can stay at nearby hotels or Airbnbs and commute daily. If you have questions about logistics, please contact us.
Do you offer private group training?
If you have a group of 3 or more people AND at least 2 people plan on purchasing new gear, we can schedule a private 8- 10 day training course for your group at any location that's convenient for you. For private group training please call/text Noah at 435-465-2288.
Check out the following videos of our recent students who completed their first flights with us.