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Parmotor & PPG Pilot Certification

Don't skimp. Use a USPPA certified instructor or a USHPA instructor who is deeply familiar with motoring and its many intricacies. Try to find an instructor that goes through the USPPA/USUA syllabus to help insure important material is covered. USPPA Certification means the instructor meets certain pilot skill and knowledge requirements specific to paramotoring. It does not require the instructor use the syllabus so you should ask for it.

Motor pilots fly differently than soaring pilots and its important to find an instructor to teach in the way you will fly. Our sport is significantly about wing handling on the ground. Motor pilots must excel in very light wind conditions while free flyers must tackle higher wind conditions. There are some great benefits to learning high-wind handling because eventually you will be surprised by it, even if your normal flying is in calm conditions.

If you want to learn how to fly an airplane you get an airplane instructor. If you want to learn to fly a glider, you get a glider instructor. Any piloting experience will broaden your skills and is valuable but don't think for a minute that a good paramotor instructor is any less valuable than a good free-flight paraglider instructor. In fact, a great free-flight instructor who doesn't understand motoring's unique launch challenges will leave you deficient in that important area. If you can't launch consistently, little else matters.

Also, work towards the PPG ratings. For one thing, by having a goal, you will be improving skills that may come in handy for launching and for emergencies. The PPG2 rating is the basic pilot level that should be obtained before setting off alone. As a bonus, the USPPA reimburses up to $200 of your training cost when a rating is achieved.

If you also plan on learning soaring, then learn it first just because it's easier in many respects—you're not carrying a motor and don't have to deal with torque issues. Work towards the USHPA ratings which, for free flight, are important to gain access to sites. The P2 rating is what most pilots get and it allows flying at most sites.

Paramotor Certification

There is no such thing.

Our sport is far too experimental with too many ideas on ideals. I would love to see something like Underwriters Laboratory, but While certification would be valuable in many regards, there is no consensus on standards.

FootFlyer.com has proposed some standards for safety that could eventually form a starting point but its important to have consensus. Otherwise, the certification won't be used by a broad base.

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