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Paramotor Introductory Course Syllabus

The Paramotor Introductory course is comprised of five basic topics:

1. Explanation of the paragliding wing and harness

We’ll focus on the review of the wing’s structure, capabilities, limitations and proper care. This includes pre and post flights checks, glider and body placement when ground handling and correct inflation and deflation techniques of the wing. Understanding and using the risers and brake toggles to maneuver the wing on the ground are extremely important before any actual flying is done. Everyone is different, and the time needed to develop these skills depends on many factors.

2. Introduction to the paramotor unit through the use of a simulator

With the simulator we can practice and become familiar with the motor. The simulator allows us to correctly set the harness while the pilot is seated and practice getting in and out of the seat with throttle and control toggles in hand. The student’s first flight will be practiced in the simulator to insure that the flight pattern and all ground signals from the instructor are understood.

3. Combining the carried motor with kiting the wing

Initially, the student will simply walk, run, and learn to balance his/her body movements with the motor on the back. This is to familiarize the student with the weight, sound, thrust, and torque levels of the motor through it’s range of RPM. Practicing correct attachment of the canopy to the motor unit for front and reverse launches. This includes body placement, riser and toggle control for proper inflation of the wing with the motor running. Following completion and physical understanding of these skills there is brief theory exam to provide the student with a forum for any pending questions.

4. The solo flight

This is the first step in becoming a competent pilot. Under radio guidance and in ideal weather conditions the student will fly his/her paramotor with the aid of the instructor and possibly a launch assistant. This flight is the result of corporeal and theoretical understanding of powered paragliding and done in calm situations making sure that this first flight is within the student’s comfort zone.

5. Review

Once the student decides that he/she wishes to continue flying then there will be a discussion on basic motor care, maintenance and the available motor options for flying in the students home area. Equally important will be an understanding of basic meteorology. During the we will be concentrating in detail on the weather that is affecting our immediate flying, such as wind direction, speed, and turbulence and it’s causes. You’ll begin to make sense of clouds and other effects which will help your over all understanding of where you’re flying.

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