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How to… get started in paramotoring

Paramotors are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to take flight, using a back-mounted propellor engine and a paragliding parachute to launch you into the air and control your flight. We've asked the experts what you need before you begin.

Paramotoring is the fastest way you can get airborne. We’ve asked the guys at Parajet – the company owned by paramotor pioneer Giles Cardozo, who’s taken Bear Grylls over mount Everest and even flown a car to Timbuktu – to explain what you need to know to get started in this incredible activity.

What is it?

Paramotoring is a form of ultra-light aviation, combining a lightweight motor strapped to your back, a single paramotor propeller, and the wind beneath your canopy. Together, these components generate enough thrust to allow you to take off from flat ground. Thousands of people have taken up paramotoring across the world, with particular popularity in the USA, Africa and the UK where Parajet have branches, encouraging uptake and love of the sport.

Breaking Boundaries

Core to the Parajet philosophy is the desire to encourage people of all ages and abilities to find joy in flight. In this respect, Parajet has pioneered many inspiring expeditions, including Mission Everest – In 2007, Gilo Cardozo was joined by his friend and experienced adventurer Bear Grylls setting a new record for the highest altitude reached by a paramotor.

Why do it?

As a paramotor does not have any wheels you do not need a license to fly one. Learning takes a mere few days of coaching, compared to 45 hours flying time and 7 written exams to obtain a private pilot’s licence. Paramotoring is safe, easy and relaxing, giving a brilliantly unobstructed and thrilling 360° view – as close to flying like a bird as one comes.

How has it changed?

Parajet’s latest range, the Zenith is completely built by robots, thus increasing engineering precision, making every piece identical and easily maintained. The engine has been moved to create less wind resistance; increasing fuel efficiency and quietness of the model. The Zenith is the most mobile of the range, being exceptionally compact and fitting easily into any car boot.

Where do I start?

This summer, Parajet is offering training for complete novices in the rolling Wiltshire countryside, or the foothills of the Pyrenees in Spain.  The cost of a 6-day beginner course, including all paramotor equipment hire and insurance, training and instruction, fuel and on-site transport in England or Spain is £745. Advanced courses are also available for those who want to build on existing skills.

Why take up Paramotoring?

For the traveller: The best way to soak up the view, no pilots license required

For the city slicker: A true escape from the hustle and bustle

For the country dweller: Discover the beauty of familiar landscapes

For the business executive: The perfect solution to break free of all work distractions

For the wild at heart: Soar to new heights of adrenalin

What will it cost?

Get started from just £4,599 by visiting www.parajet.com, or call Parajet for some expert advice on what equipment will be best for you. Beginner or advanced, there’s something for everyone with Parajet’s range of meticulously engineered paramotors.

Moving Upwards

Parajet enthusiasts usually take to the skies on their own for either a relaxing or thrill seeking experience, yet many customers have found friendships through a mutual love for the sport, and have been known to take off on holidays to gain the ultimate view. The competition circuit is very active, with the paramotor championships held in Worcestershire annually.