Best Practices for Paramotor Training

Learning can be a risky part of becoming a paramotor pilot. But we’ve found that these practices significantly reduce the danger. Start off by using a USPPA certified instructor who is committed to using them. Before starting training, ask your instructor or school if they do so. Minimum best practices are:

  • Use and follow the USPPA syllabus, going through each line item, initialing when complete. Essentially every professional instructor in aviation uses an approved syllabus…for good reason.
  • First flights for students with no previous para-experience must be on benign-handling, certified beginner wings (EN-A, DHV-1) within their certified weight range. When used with the other best practices, this dramatically reduces the chance of crashing from left-right, pilot-induced oscillations, several of which have been fatal. Forgiving wings, when flown within their weight range, make unwanted behavior far less likely while lessening the consequence of accidental strong brake pulls and/or turbulence.

Before First Solo Powered Flight

Expect the instructor to do the following. Your well-being may depend on it.

  • Setup and test student equipment in a simulator to adjust hang angle, throttle, attachments, and for wheeled craft to ensure that the nosewheel lifts off first and other necessary behaviors.  The instructor test-flies student equipment for proper operation when it’s safe to do so (instructor in a safe weight range).
  • Provide several tandems, or low tow, or hill flights—enough to understand and control pitch and roll oscillations. There are built-in tendences to induce these oscillations due to your body hanging so far below the wing.
  • If towing is used, ONLY an expert tow tech runs the tow system and uses best practices for towing.
  • Student gets simulator rehearsal of routine and emergency procedures, including what to do if twisting in the riser starts.
  • The instructor insists on you having solid wing handling (or taxiing for wheeled machines) skill before going aloft for the first time on a solo powered flight.
  • Use reliable communications are used with appropriate backup. You may not be able to talk back which is fine.
  • Use a sufficiently large, unobstructed training field that’s reasonably smooth is used.
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