Best Practices for Paramotor

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

We have a profound interest in the long-term viability of paramotoring in the United States. Increasing participation has increased our visibility and impact: more noise pollution, more possible conflict with other aircraft, and more integration with landowners of all kinds.

The minimal regulation of FAR 103 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 be at least as well regarded as other aviators and welcomed onto the same airports. We want to be known as being courteous, smart, 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.

  • Help preserve paramotoring for long-term enjoyment and for future generations. Our decisions should be made with this in mind.
  • Enjoy and exercise the liberties that have been preserved 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. Minimize noise impact.
  • 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 where it’s safe to do so.
  • 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 and has helped in these matters even for non-members.  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. Accept your responsibility to check NOTAM’s and TFR’s 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.

Consider the experience where you spot a bald eagle that soars majestically before flying away, leaving a sense of mystery about where it came from and where it is going. Consider also a fly that is buzzing around inside your car. Be the Eagle.

We can all agree that few sensations and experiences compare to our form of flight. It’s easy to think that spectators and neighbors would feel the same, but the reality is that after more than 30 seconds we are nothing but annoying if we’re too close.

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

~ Your fellow lovers of minimally regulated flight

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