Paramotoring is paragliding with power. A two-stroke engine with a propeller is attached to the back of the pilot along with the paraglider. With the help of a throttle the pilot accelerates the engine and gets pushed forward. The paraglider inflates and starts generating lift proportional to the thrust of the engine. After gaining the desired altitude the pilot reduces the amount of throttle and cruises. He can control his rate of ascent, decent, turning, landing etc. A Paramotor is termed as one of the smallest aircraft in the world. It is capable of traveling long distances, gaining great heights like 10,000 feet if not more and staying up for hours together. Unlike other conventional powered aircraft it is capable of taking off and landing in small open fields.
Where can I learn Paramotoring?` +
We have the facilities to train interested people to learn paramotoring. It generally takes around 15 to 20 days to learn paramotoring. The training is subject to weather conditions. There are two stages of training a) basic b) intermediate. You could ask for the syllabus for both the courses. It is recommended that one should have some experience on flying paraglider.
Where can I buy a paramotor from? How much do they cost? +
These paramotors are imported since none of them are manufactured in India as of now. A complete set of single seater, which includes a paramotor, glider, and a harness would costs around Rs 4.00 lakhs.
How safe is Paramotoring? +
Paramotoring is safe to a pilot who has done training under a professional Instructor and has gained sound knowledge in related aviation subjects. Learn the correct standard operating procedures. Regularly inspect the flying equipment. Do not venture into areas without landing fields. Generally speaking paramotoring has very good safety record. It is very rightly said, “Any kind of flying can be made as safe or dangerous as you would like to have it" This very much applies to Paramotoring too. Do not take unnecessary chances. Listen to your inner self. Read the weather. Maintain your equipment in good condition. We don't' see why things should go wrong.
What is the safety equipments required for paramotoring? +
Paramotoring also requires the same safety equipment which is used while flying a non-powered paraglider, i.e. Good ankle protection shoes, helmet, knee guards, soft leather gloves, wind sock and a reserve parachute (optional).
What is the noise level of a paramotor engine while flying? +
The noise level of a cruising paramotor can be compared to that of a lawn mover. The take-off noise is more compared to the cruise. It is certainly not disturbing to the Pilot. Once gained the desired height, the pilot may reduce power or switch off the engine and start soaring in a thermal. The newer generation of paramotors are substantially quite.
How much is the weight of a paramotor and is it heavy for the back? +
Single seater paramotor weigh approx. 18 to 25 kgs. In the beginning it may feel heavy. It’s just a matter of getting used to it. Carrying the paramotor on the back, we sometimes walk almost half a kilometer to the car park, after landing, You get inside the harness half a minute before the take-off and once taken off the paraglider holds the weight of the engine independently. During flight there is no engine load on the pilot.
What fuel used for paramotors? +
It is a petrol engine and works on the same petrol which as used in your bike. It is recommended that you mix synthetic or semi-synthetic oil in the petrol.
What is the maintenance cost? +
If the paramotor is regularly inspected and kept in good condition; there is no maintenance cost. Most of the spares are imported and can be made available.
What potentials can I tap with a Paramotor? +
With the help of a paramotor and sufficient skill level you can do the following:
Take of and land in a small open field.
Conduct flying demonstration.
Attain great altitude even beyond 10,000 feet (World record is around 18,000 feet)
On open fields and beaches you could fly as low as 30 feet if not lower.
Aerial photography, advertising, dropping of pamphlets and surveying fields.
Give joyrides with a two seater paramotor
Soar for hours together with the help of thermals, etc
Cover great distances on cross country flights.
How fast can one fly? +
The speed of a paramotor is limited to the speed of the paraglider which could be around 35 to 50 kms per hour. But the ground speed depends on the wind speed and the direction. You can cover distance faster if you fly with the wind and slower against the wind. Paramotor is generally used for recreation more than as a mode of conveyance.
What could be the longest duration on a single paramotor flight? +
The duration of a single flight depends on two primary factors -
the weather conditions,
the fuel capacity. If the weather is good one can switch off the engine and soar for long duration, say three to four hours.
On continuous power the fuel consumption is around an hour for every three liters of fuel. Modern paramotors will have at least 10 litres of fuel carrying capacity.
How much is the take off and landing run? +
If you take-off facing the wind, it takes just 6 to 10 steps to take off and just two or three steps while landing. Good take off and landing also depends on how good you are at ground controlling of the paraglider. Longer and faster run is required in nil wind conditions.
What happens if the engine stops functioning while flying? +
Loss of power only limits your ability to climb higher or maintain altitude. Most of the new paramotors have an electric starter. One can restart the engine and continue. Supposing you are unable to start the engine for some reason, then you will glide down gently like a normal non-powered paraglider. Usually when you get into a thermal and going up steadily, it is prudent to switch off the engine and conserve fuel. Once you are comfortable in paramotoring the engine is switched off on a committed final approach, just before landing.
Can anybody learn to fly paramotors? +
Yes, almost everybody provided you are more than 18 years old and in good physically condition. It is recommended that one completes the non-powered paragliding course before taking up paramotoring. Paramotoring also demands knowledge on meteorology, theory of flight, air navigation, and air regulations. It is important that you learn from a qualified and experienced Instructor.
Does paramotoring attract licensing? +
License is not required in India but local permissions are mandatory. You should know where and when not to fly. Keep yourself far from the air routes and wherever you are flying, keep a thorough lookout in every direction for passing aircrafts. Flying recklessly and irresponsibly may sooner or later force Civil Aviation authorities to impose strict regulations and licensing thereafter.