Best Practices for Paramotor

Before starting powered paragliding, make sure your chosen school uses best practices for training.

Thanks for your support over the years, and for your participation in paramotoring.

While we strive for a fantastic value at nominal cost, we understand that not every pilot will be a member. Still, we have a profound interest in the long-term viability of paramotoring in the United States. Our visibility has increased due to so many new pilots–a welcome development, of course, but one that means increased impact. We create more noise pollution, are subject to the increased likelihood of conflict with other aircraft, and we have far more integration with landowners of all kinds.

The minimal regulation that we enjoy is a treasure to be preserved, and it’s ours to lose. We propose a set of best practices for Paramotor activity and ask your cooperation to help preserve these incredible freedoms.

The cornerstones of the philosophy are:

To have paramotor pilots at least as well regarded as other aviators and welcomed onto the same airports. We want to be known as being courteous, discreet as possible, and thoughtful about how we handle our aircraft. That doesn’t mean not having fun, but rather having the fun in the right places.

  • 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 some practices to achieve our shared goal:

  • When 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 flying near 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 when it’s safe to do so.
  • 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 too often. If you have a valued site, 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.
  • Learn the intricacies of our excruciatingly simple rule, FAR 103. Familiarize yourself with the local airspace to avoid conflict, taking 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.

Thanks in advance for helping keep our precious freedom alive. By embracing these ideas we can collectively 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.

~ Your fellow lovers of minimally regulated flight

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