1. GROUND HANDLING
A fundamental skill in learning to fly a paramotor is ground handling or ‘kiting’ the glider. You will learn the basic skills needed to launch and control the paraglider while remaining on the ground. Repetition greases the wheels of your success and lots of practice responding to the glider and changes in the wind will help build confidence. Your instructor will be on hand to offer sometimes important and seemingly trivial tips to help you progress quickly. Once you have the control to keep the glider overhead you will begin to undertake short low-level airborne ‘hops’ with the aid of a tow or hill launch.
2. ADDING POWER
You now have the confidence and ability to launch and control the glider so all you need is the power to take-off. Unsurprisingly, adding the paramotor to your back adds another element into the mix and there is a technique for you to master when relying on the engine to lift you into the air. Before strapping the BG paramotor to your back your instructor will give you a comprehensive introduction of your machine and help you fully understand the various adjustments available to configure the paramotor for your physique and optimum flying style.
3. YOUR FIRST FLIGHT
A convergence of skills learnt over the past few days and the right conditions find you ready to take that first solo flight. You stand one leg forward with arms outstretched like an eagle ready to soar, listening for the instructions to come over the radio headset. The propeller on your back rumbles and purrs, making your arms shake - or is that the adrenalin pulsing through your veins? Your instructor has three fingers outstretched; each digit ready to count you down to your first ever paramotor launch...
GEAR UP FOR YOUR TRAINING...
WEATHERTake a look at the forecast and be prepared. The right clothing on a chilly day can make the difference. Layering helps regulate your personal temperature during the more physical aspects of training.
FUEL UPDrink some water, and try to at least get a snack - paramotoring requires a degree of physical activity, you're going to burn some calories for sure. It’s worth having a bottle of water at hand when out on the field too.
GOOD TIMEGetting your gear together and walking across the field can take a little longer than you think. If you're there with time to spare, chat with and get to know your instructor, and let them get to know you.
HAVE FUNYour fully trained instructor is just as excited to teach you to fly. Relax, open up and enjoy yourself. With small class numbers it’s easy to get to know your fellow students and make new lifelong friends.