The thing that makes both of these sports safer is the pilots ability to make good decisions. That includes choosing a good launch site free from turbulence and obstacles, and good judgement of weather conditions. But with good training paramotoring is still considered much safer than paragliding for many reasons.
How dangerous is it to fly a paramotor?
Research estimates that the activity is slightly safer (per event) than riding motorcycles and more dangerous than riding in cars. The most likely cause of serious injury is body contact with a spinning propeller. The next most likely cause of injury is flying into something other than the landing zone.
How many paramotor deaths have there been?
According to the database provided by USPPA, there have been 446 incidents recorded. This record started in 1995 and continues to be updated today. It should also be noted that paramotoring started in the 1980s, so previous accidents are also not factored in. Of all of the incidents, there have been 40 fatalities.
How much does paramotor cost?
If you are buying new gear, you can expect to spend $8,000-12,000 for your paramotor and wing. Used gear can be found cheaper, but requires careful shopping to ensure it is reliable and safe. Training ranges from $1,500-3,500 depending on the quality of instruction and is a worthwhile investment.
Is flying a paramotor hard?
Simple. Easy. Once airborne, you have two flight controls – left and right steering via the glider’s toggles and a handheld throttle to climb or descend. Paramotoring is one of the easiest and safest forms of flight to master and offers the kind of flying experience that is unmatched by other forms of aviation.
Can I finance a paramotor?
Paramotor Central has teamed up with Pine Country Bank of Little Falls to offer financing of Powered Paragliding equipment! If you’ve dreamed of flying but didn’t think you could afford it, now you can. This financing is subject to credit check, and bank approval.
How long does it take to learn paramotor?
Aviator Paramotor offers foot launch (and trike launch) paramotor training. We currently train nearly 300 students per year, and while training time varies from student to student, it generally takes 8-14 days to go from zero to hero.