Best Practices for Paramotor Activity

 

Dear USPPA members active PPG pilots in the United States and Worldwide:

On behalf of the US Powered Paragliding Association, we want to extend our hand to you and thank you for your support over the years and for your participation in paramotor flying in general.

While we provide what we believe to be a fantastic value for a very nominal cost, we also understand that not every pilot will be a member of our organization. Still, we have a profound interest in the long-term viability of paramotoring in the United States. We find ourselves at an interesting crossroads where we have vastly increased visibility due to so many new pilots. This is welcome in general but means reckoning with our increased impact as time goes on. We create more noise pollution, we are subject to the increased likelihood of conflict with other aircraft, and we have far more integration with landowners of all kinds.

We propose a set of best practices for Paramotor activity and ask your cooperation over the next few years so that we can preserve the freedoms that we currently enjoy.

The cornerstones of the philosophy that would we like to suggest are:

– We aim for paramotor pilots to be well thought of and to be included with gentlemanly aviators of all kinds. We want to be know as being courteous, as discreet as possible and thoughtful about how we handle our aircraft.

– We aim to preserve paramotoring for our long-term enjoyment and for future generations. All of our decisions should be made with this in mind.

– We aim to enjoy and exercise all of the liberties that have been preserved for us by ultralight pilots and advocates over the years.

Here are the best policies that we suggest:

– Tuning paramotors, warm up and run up should be as discreet as possible, try to avoid noise pollution when on the ground and in anything other than wide open spaces.

– Choose flying locations wisely and avoid over flying homes, streets, people etc.

– Once airborne, depart the area and enjoy your flying in the least populated and most discreet area that you can find.

– Keep moving, don’t fly around in the same area for an extended period of time.

– When you return to your take off area, do it in the quietest way possible. Use minimal throttle and try to land with the engine off.

– Consider packing up and departing the area as quickly as possible and utilize an alternative location for debriefing and socializing.

– Don’t fly the same location on a daily basis. If you have a location that you value highly then use a rotation and fly other locations in order to minimize your long-term impact. Consider taking off at one location and landing at another to minimize impact.

– If you have an interest in flying at an airport then consider consulting with someone who already has a relationship with an airport to see how these situations are best handled. The USPPA can help you whether you are a member or not. Contact us at theusppa@gmail.com.

– If you happen to be self-trained or casually trained then please make it your responsibility to learn the intricacies of all of the FAA regulations pertaining to ultralights. Familiarize yourself with the airspace around your area in an effort to avoid conflict. Take into account things like nature preserves, wilderness areas, restricted areas, military operations areas, daylight operations, cloud clearances etc. Realize that it is a Pilots responsibility to know about NOTAM’s and TFR’s and that this must be checked on a daily basis. If you have questions about airspace then feel free to contact the USPPA at theusppa@gmail.com.

We want thank you in advance for considering these ideas and ask you for the huge favor of sharing this information with your peers. Please forward it via email, print it out, share it via social media, and know that by embracing these ideas you can work to ensure the long-term viability of paramotoring.

Please consider the experience where you spot something like a bald eagle and then it subsequently flies away, leaving you with a sense of mystery about where it came from and where is going. On the other hand, consider how annoying it can be when you have a fly that is buzzing around inside your car. Let’s aim to be the former.

When we are flying our paramotors, we can all agree that there are few sensations and experiences that compare. It’s easy to think that spectators and neighbors would feel the same but we would all do well to embrace the idea that after about 30 seconds we are nothing but annoying.

 We remain at your service if you should have any questions or if we can help to improve relations with fellow pilots, landowners, airport managers etc.

~ The USPPA

USPPA
500 Westover Dr. #2384
Sanford, NC 27330
866-37-USPPA (87772)