Best Practices for Paramotor Training

Learning is, unfortunately, a risky part of learning to paramotor. But we’ve learned some very distinctive instruction practices that significantly reduce the danger. Start off by using a USPPA certified instructor who is committed to the criteria below. Before starting training, ask your instructor or school if they adhere to these minimum best practices.

  • They actually use the USPPA/USUA syllabus, going through each line item with you, initialing when complete. Essentially every professional instructor in aviation uses an approved syllabus!
  • They insist on using benign-handling, certified beginner wings (EN-A, DHV-1) within their certified weight range. This is because students sometimes react adversely to left-right swinging, causing pilot aggravated oscillations (PAO’s) that cause a crash. Forgiving wings make such behavior less likely while lessening the consequence of accidental strong brake pulls and/or turbulence.
  • Before your first solo powered flight, you get several tandems, low tow, or hill flights—enough to control oscillations, especially the left-right variety mentioned above.
  • If towing is used, ONLY an expert tow tech runs the tow system and uses best practices for towing.
  • They do simulator rehearsal of routine and emergency procedures.
  • They insist on you having solid wing handling (or taxiing for wheeled machines) skill before going aloft for the first time on a solo powered flight.
  • They use reliable communications with appropriate backup. You may not be able to talk back which is fine.
  • They have a sufficiently large, unobstructed training field that’s reasonably smooth.
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