Federal Aviation Regulations for Paramotors

Federal Aviation Regulations and other pertinent material applicable to powered paragliding

Our sport is basically self-regulated so you are not required by law to be a certified pilot. However, proper training is required to safely fly and navigate ever more crowded and sensitive airspace. Understand that the theory is that a pilot operating such a light vehicle has a much lower damage potential to non-participants. No effort is made to keep the actual participants safe – Only the non-participants. That is why it is critical that new entrants take training seriously. Just because the training is not REQUIRED does not mean it is any less necessary to ensure YOUR survival!

Powered Paragliders fall into the category of Ultralights. In the United States the  regulations that apply to ultralights are in the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR), Part 103. There are some other regulations concerning Notices to Airmen (NOTAM’s) in FAR part 91 which are also applicable to powered paragliders.

  • FAR Part 103

    The rules that govern ultralights in the United States

  • FAA Advisory Circular 103-7
  • Provides guidance to ultralight operators in the United States

  • Applicable FAR Part 91 Regulations

    Other regulations applicable to ultralights

  • Sport Pilots

    Do powered paragliders fall under sport pilot? What about the tandem exemption? Here are some answers to these questions along with interpretation of rules that are being defined.

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