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PARAMOTOR TRAINING (UT & AZ)

We offer 2 styles of training:

8-Day Paramotor Bootcamp

Attend one of our 8-day training courses (in Utah or Arizona) to complete the entire training curriculum in one go. This option is great if you want to fully immerse yourself in the sport and train with a small group of up to 2 to 4 other students. All ground school and flight school modules will be completed during the 8-day program. This option will require you to block out 8 full days of your schedule.

Note: For 2 or more students wanting to train together and purchasing new gear, we can create a custom training class for you based on your available dates and we will even travel to you. Contact us for details.

Flexible Sessions

On average, it takes approximately 12 sessions to go through the entire training program. You will coordinate the schedule with your flight instructor and will train in roughly 2-hr blocks until you complete the curriculum. This option may be more flexible with your work schedule but it will require you to be self-disciplined and to read and study most of the ground school content on your own.

Select Your Desired Training Style

8-day Training Course (with Noah)

Upcoming training dates and locations:

July 31 - Aug 7 | Salt Lake City, UT | 1 Spot Left
Sep 11 - 18 | Salt Lake City, UT | 3 Spots Left
Dec 7 - 14 | Maricopa, AZ | 5 Spots Left
Feb 3 - 10 | Maricopa, AZ | 5 Spots Left

Training Locations:

Arizona paramotor training is available in the winter months (November - March). We do all our training at the field to the NW of the Ak-Chin Regional Airport. See map here: https://goo.gl/maps/2fa9iwTYhWwQh8y36

Utah paramotor training is available during the summer months (May - September). We do most of our training at the Cedar Valley Airport near Eagle Mountain, UT. See map here: https://goo.gl/maps/ZQrvCBXBjwxBahgb7 (we also use other fields and training locations in the area depending on what we're doing)

Logistics

Arizona - When we train in AZ, we usually set up a camper trailer (no hookups available) at the field and students are welcome to come camp or stay at an Airbnb or hotel in nearby Maricopa or Casa Grande. Both cities are about 15 minutes away from our training field.

Utah - When training in UT, there are hotels and Airbnb options within 15 minutes of the airport. We may or may not set up the camper trailer depending on availability.

Training Schedule

The exact training schedule is entirely dependant on the weather but we generally start at sunrise and end at sunset during all 8 days. There are scheduled breaks during the day for lunch and rest periods. If you need to check work emails or take business calls, that can easily be accommodated. I work remotely for my full-time job so I know how important it is to stay flexible to keep up on work while you're doing this training. Below you can view a sample schedule from a past training session (click to view it):

Other info

As USPPA instructors, we follow the USPPA syllabus and we adhere to the USPPA instructor commitment. We do this because we love to fly paramotors and we want to help others to also live the dream of flying. When you train with us, you will receive a syllabus and a skills checklist that you sign off as you progress and the instructor will also sign off.

Cost

  • $1,500 - If you buy new gear from us before or at the time of training.
  • $1,750 - If you plan on training on your own gear. New/used gear that you already own.
  • $2,000 - If you plan on renting our school gear to train on and fly.

Flexible Session Training (with Nik)

Available days:

Flexible sessions are available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (and some holidays) depending on the availability of the instructor.

Training Locations:

Arizona - At this time, session training is only offered in Arizona. We have several locations we can use for training including the Ak-Chin regional airport, San Tan Valley, and other locations that are occasionally available.

Training Schedule

The training schedule will be tailored to your schedule and availability. It generally takes 12 sessions to complete all the requirements in the USPPA syllabus. We generally meet in the morning or evening but some mid-day sessions might be available for ground school and other non-flying training modules.

Other info

As USPPA instructors, we follow the USPPA syllabus and we adhere to the USPPA instructor commitment. We do this because we love to fly paramotors and we want to help others to also live the dream of flying. When you train with us, you will receive a syllabus and a skills checklist that you sign off as you progress and the instructor will also sign off.

Cost

  • $1,500 - If you buy new gear from us before or at the time of training.
  • $1,750 - If you plan on training on your own gear. New/used gear that you already own.
  • $2,000 - If you plan on renting our school gear to train on and fly.

PARAMOTOR GEAR

New vs Used

NEW PARAMOTOR GEAR

If you want to feel totally confident in your gear, you can't beat the confidence of flying new gear. When you buy new, you know the whole story about where your gear has been and what it's been through (more importantly what it hasn't been through). We encourage you to buy new gear when possible because it ensures you will be flying with the latest technological advances and safety features (especially wings).

Pros:

  • Warranty
  • Longer time till maintenance issues arise
  • Latest technology & safety features

Cons:

  • More expensive
  • Stings more if you break something while learning

USED PARAMOTOR GEAR

The best way to save money is to buy used gear. The hardest part about used gear is that you don't know what it's been through and you have to trust the person selling the gear. It's common for paramotor engines to require some kind of maintenance done at 50 and 100 hours. Wings deteriorate over time and get porous so be sure to have used wings inspected. We don't generally sell used gear but sometimes we'll have something on hand or may know of someone selling their used gear so we're happy to help you to find something that will work for you.

Pros:

  • More affordable
  • Stings less if you break something while learning

Cons:

  • Maintenance & mechanical issues may arise sooner
  • No warranty

Here are the new paramotor wings we recommend

Our top 5 picks for wings for new pilots

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How do I pick the correct wing size?

Take your weight (fully dressed like you're going to go fly) and add the weight of your motor (60lbs average), wing (10 lbs average), and any other gear you might have for flying. Pilot + wing + motor + fuel = all up weight. *Fuel weighs 6 lbs per gallon.

Convert that total to kg (most wing manufacturers publish their weight range in kg). Google will convert it for you ;)

Look at the specs chart for your wing (we publish them for each wing on our website). Each wing size will have a range. For example, the BGD Magic Motor size ML has a range of 88-133 kg. My total weight is 195lbs + 55 (motor) + 10 (wing) + 12 (2 gal of fuel) = 272 lbs / 123 kg. That puts me near 3/4 on the range. Ideally want to be ABOVE the halfway mark on the range, about 3/4 is the sweet spot and it's safer to be at the top of the range than at the bottom of the range.

I want to do it...what's next?

8-Day Paramotor Bootcamp

Click the button below to reserve your spot for an upcoming course.

Flexible Sessions

Contact Nik to check availability: (480) 389-4048 or click here

Let's make the dream a reality!

8-Day PPG Training

Jul 31 - Aug 7 | Utah (2 Spots Left)

8-Day PPG Training

Sep 11 - 18 | Utah (3 Spots Left)

8-Day PPG Training

Dec 7 - 14 | Arizona (5 Spots Left)

8-Day PPG Training

Feb 3 - 10 | Arizona (5 Spots Left)

Still have questions?

Check out the FAQ's below and feel free to contact us if you still have questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are inherent risks associated with all forms of aviation but these risks are mitigated by operating your Paramotor and wing within the guidelines outlined in the owners manual and within your skills and limitations. The short answer is YES (honestly, it’s as safe as YOU make it to be)…It’s one of the easiest and safest forms of flight. The #1 key to safely enjoying this sport is good decisions making skills. You need to understand the glider and it’s limitations and your skills and their limitations as well. A good training program will help you to develop the skills and habits to enjoy this hobby for many years to come.

Fortunately, you are flying a glider…so you just glide down and land. During training, all of your landings are done with the motor off, so you will be used to coming down and landing without your motor. As long as you fly within gliding range of a safe landing spot, engine failures are nothing more than an inconvenience.

Yes and No. There are two forms of Paramotor flying: foot launch and wheel launch. Foot launch is where you use your feet as the landing gear to run and takeoff and also to land. You must be able to run with the weight of your motor on your back until you takeoff. Paramotors generally weigh between 45 - 80 lbs depending on the brand and size.
Wheeled launch is where you use wheels, like on a trike or quad. This is a great alternative to foot launch depending on your age and physical abilities. Wheeled launch units can weigh much more but since you’re using wheels, it doesn’t matter as much.
We only train foot launch pilots since we only sell foot launch gear.

No. Paramotoring in the United States falls under Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) part 103. It states that no license, medical certificate, registration, or training is required to fly. You are required to fly during daylight hours (sunrise - sunset) and stay away from congested areas and you can’t carry passengers without a waiver. Your ground school training will go in-depth on general regulations and airspace rules.

This is one of the most important decisions you will make. Let someone help you! The right motor and wing will depend on your weight, the altitude where you takeoff from (sea level is easier than up in the mountains), and of course your budget. Don’t just buy something you find on the internet. Talk to other pilots, or to an instructor and get their advice and opinions. Some pilots and instructors will feel like used car salesmen when it comes to talking about Paramotors. They will swear that their brand is the best and all the others are trash. The truth is that there are A LOT of good brands and models out there.
Motors: Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the stronger the better. You want the motor that is strong enough for you and that’s it. If your motor is too strong, you will battle with unnecessary weight and unwanted torque (you’ll learn about this in training). We're happy to help you choose something, even if it’s not something we sell, like something used or a brand we don’t carry. Our main goal is to help you get into this sport so you can enjoy the miracle of flight that we enjoy so much!
Wings: Wings come in various sizes and styles. You want to make sure you get a wing that is just the right size for you, not too big and not too small. This is all based on weight. You also want to start on a beginner or intermediate wing and not on an expert wing. Wing are generally rated A, B, C, and D where an A wing is for beginners and generally slower and safer to learn on. Again, please talk to other pilots or to an instructor to ensure you get the right wing. Don’t just pick a random wing cause you found a good deal on the internet.
In short, reach out to us and we’ll help you, even if it’s just giving advice about a wing you are buying from somewhere/someone else (used or new). We just want to make sure you don’t regret what you buy.

The good news is that there are A LOT of good schools and instructors out there. The usppa.org website is a good place to start in your search for an instructor or school. Keep in mind that a good pilot doesn't necessarily mean they'll be a good instructor and vice versa. You want to talk to your potential instructor and get a feel for their style and approach. You don't need a Nascar driver to teach you how to drive a car and you don't need a daredevil pilot to teach you how to fly. If you want to learn crazy acrobatic tricks, then pick an instructor who can eventually teach you those tricks. if you want to fly calm and slow, pick someone who can teach you just that. In the end, the instructor/school will only get you to the point of flying confidently alone. After that, you develop your skills on your own and you can attend further training like SIV courses but it's mostly you alone with time developing your own skills. The search for a school/instructor can feel frustrating at first because some places feel very pushy or belittling of other brands or schools. Keep looking! There are lots of good instructors and lots of good options out there. Search for local facebook groups of paramotor pilots in your area and talk to them, go watch them fly and try to meet people in person before you make a decision. If you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to us. Even if you don't train with us, we'll give you our honest opinions about used gear or tips for picking wings or things like that, even the brands we don't sell because the truth is that almost all the brands of wings and motors are good. Good luck with the search and we hope see you soon in the air!

Almost anywhere…avoid congested areas, busier airports (don’t fly within 5 miles of an airport with a control tower), and you can’t takeoff/land in national parks and some state parks. You will learn all the details in ground school. There are many Facebook groups of local pilots who can indicate where the best local launch sites are and where to fly locally. Be courteous to neighbors and land owners to minimize complaints.

We generally fly in the morning and the evening when conditions are calm. Experienced pilots can fly in stronger conditions. Weather and wind limitations also depend on where you are. Coastal winds coming off the water are smooth and stable while winds in the mountains or over land may be turbulent and unpleasant to fly in. You will learn about weather and wind conditions in ground school.

We cover all the basics in 8 full days of training (weather permitting). Most people will be ready to fly on the 3rd or 4th day of training. After your training, you’ll continue to learn and develop your skills on your own.

In mild conditions, you will generally do a forward launch. You run facing forward while pulling the wing up behind you. You’ll generally run 5 - 15 feet before you are in the air.
In stronger winds, you will do a reverse launch, where you face the wing and your weight to inflate the wing, then spin around and take off.
Forward Launch
Reverse Launch

Yes. Paragliding or free flying is when you fly with your same wing but a different harness (without the motor). It can be a lot of fun! You’ll need a mountain to launch from or some kind of ridge where you can get lift. Check out the video of several of us free flying in California.

No. Routine seasonal maintenance like cleaning/changing the spark plug will keep your Paramotor running smoothly for a long time. Most of us end up learning as we go. There are vast resources in each community and online to assist with any mechanical or maintenance issues. Learning these things is part of the fun, but if you don’t want to learn it at all, there is always someone who can do it for you if you’re willing to pay, just like with your own car.

Generally, the same type of gas you use in your car but mixed with 2-stroke oil. It’s recommended to use the highest octane possible, like premium. We use 91 Octane Ethanol Free in our school motors. Several gas stations have the right gas. You just mix it with the oil that is available online or at most motorcycle or recreation shops. It’s really easy!

A truck is convenient but certainly not necessary. Many people transport their Paramotor using a cargo trailer hitch as pictured below. Others use a trailer.

Paramotors burn just under 1 gallon of gas per hour, so you can average the cost with oil at about $5/hour. Other maintenance costs would include new belts, spark plugs, and other minor things at 25, 50, or 100 hours of flight. Paramotoring is one of the most cost-effective ways to enjoy a flight. The initial cost of training is $1250 - $2000 (depends on if you buy gear or rent), new gear motor+wing will range between $8000 - $12,000. Used gear will range between $6000 - $9,000. The only other expenses to factor in are helmet ($100 - $400 with comms), reserve parachute ($500+ highly recommended), gloves ($15), radio to communicate with other pilots ($35), GoPro or other cameras to capture your epic adventures ($200+).

Taking a passenger or "tandem" fliying is possible with the correct equipment and training. A special license is required.

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