• INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED PARAGLIDING & PARAMOTOR TRAINING

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PARAMOTOR TRAINING

All Paramotoring Courses at High Adventure are run by David Wainwright, current Australian Paramotoring Champion (2015 and 2016) and two-time winner of the Endurance Adventure Paramotor Race – The Icarus Trophy which is held in the US (2015 and 2016).

Paramotoring is incredibly easy to master and one of the safest forms of aviation. At High Adventure, our paramotoring courses cater for pilot’s who want to learn both Paragliding and Paramotoring, any pilot who just wants to focus on paramotoring and paragliding pilots of an Intermediate level who can undertake the HGFA Paramotoring Endorsement.

The HGFA Training Syllabus is through, and our extensive training programs are considered one of the best in Australia, taking you well beyond the minimum requirements giving all pilots a solid foundation.

Our Paramotoring course starts out learning the techniques and skills involved in Paragliding. After several hours of ground handling, you can expect to take your first solo flights at our private training field. When you have mastered your launching, landing and basic glider skills, you will progress to your motor training.

  • Review of Equipment

    Through understanding of the equipment and how it works

  • Mastering the Paraglider

    Ground handling fundamentals glider inflation and break control

  • Launching Techniques

    Forward launch techniques for low-wind conditions and reverse launch for higher wind conditions

  • Paramotor Simulator Training

    Introduction to motor using simulator ground training with and without power 

  • Landing and Launch Practice

    Receptive launching and landing practice to build confidence. Assessing clearance, ground conditions and safe landing options

  • Pre-Flight Checks

    Learn how to conduct a paramotor and gear pre-flight safety check

  • Radio Instructed Guided Flights

    You will conduct countless radio assisted instructional flights during your training, they will range from multiple touch and go flights, shorter 20 min flights and end with some spectacular cross-country flight – usually exceeding 30kms

  • Emergency procedures

    Emergency procedures overview theory, outcomes, and prevention

  • Classroom Theory

    Some of the topics covered in the extensive classroom theory include airspace rules and regulations, drag and thrust, torque effects, principals of flight, meteorology, and navigation

powered paragliding training

GROUND HANDLING

Mastering the art of ground handling is a fundamental skill in learning to fly a paramotor and widely recognised as the most important of all skills a proficient paramotoring pilot can have. At High Adventure, we put great emphasis on developing confident ‘kiting,’ control and launching skill techniques that teach pilots how to respond to their glider and understand its reaction.

paramotor ground handling course

ADDING POWER

With your ground handling skills now well practiced and your paragliding skills mastered, you are now ready to discover what powered flight is all about. After spending some time kiting your glider with the new additional weight of the motor and getting acquainted with the throttle, you will practice applying some power. Getting a feel for the engine and what it’s like to apply power is a new technique for you to master.

paramotor training flights

TAKING TO THE SKY

With the culmination of all your skills learnt over the past few days you are now ready for your first powered flight. You will perform the same launch sequences you learned in the paragliding fundamentals and now simply add some power. Within a few short steps, you will now be airborne. You will practice your launching, landing, and turns. Lots of flights, touch and go’s and some stunning cross country flights are ahead of you. There are unlimited experiences and exciting challenges with this new sport.

COURSE OPTIONS

FULL PARAMOTOR TRAINING

– 12-14 Days training for the complete beginner
– Student Pilot Paragliding Certificate Licence
– Paramotor Endorsement
– VHF Radio Endorsement
– Minimum 20 Hours Supervised Flying
– All equipment supplied (motor, glider, helmet + radio)

$3500 own gear/$4500 our gear

FULL COURSE DATES

12th May – 25th May
26th May – 8th June
20th June – 3rd July – Western Australia
1st Sept – 13th Sept – Victoria
13th Oct – 26th Oct
27th Oct – 8th Nov
12th Nov – 23rd Nov
24th Nov – 7th Dec
28th Dec – 8th Jan 2018

HGFA PARAMOTOR ENDORSEMENT

– 2-4 Days to complete
– HGFA Paramotor Endorsement
– All equipment supplied (motor, glider, helmet + radio)
– VHF Radio Endorsement
– Discounted if you train on your own gear
– Must have Intermediate PG Rating

$350/Day own gear – $450/day our gear

ENDORSEMENT DATES

22 May – 25th May
5th – 8th June
20th June – 3rd July – Western Australia
1st Sept – 13th Sept – Victoria
23rd Oct – 26th Oct
6th Oct – 10th Nov 
20th Nov – 23rd Nov
4th Dec – 7th Dec
5th Jan – 8th Jan 2018

What is Paramotoring?

Powered Paragliding PPG and Paramotoring are the same thing. We like to call it Paramotoring in Australia, however, in the US and Europe, it’s commonly referred to as Powered Paragliding. The sport of paramotoring was popularised in France in the late 80s.

 

Paramotoring has evolved from the popular sports of hang gliding and paragliding. While a paraglider is reliant on uplift and thermals, and launching must be done from a hill or by winch tow, by adding a motor, take off can be done in a few short steps on any suitable flat area.

How long can I fly for?

On average a pilot can get 45-60 minutes of flight time for 3.5 litres of fuel. A standard tank of fuel at speeds up to 60kms an hour can get you 2.5-4hrs of flying. This, of course, can be dependent on the gear you are flying, overall weight, headwind, throttle-use, the size of the engine, fuel efficiency and glide ratio.

Flying time can be extended for hours by cutting off the motor and using thermals, soaring and ridge lift to gain altitude. Switching back on as you need.

Age + Weight + Fitness

From the young to the old – paramotoring is a sport that is easily picked up and you’ll see yourself mastering the motor in no time.

 

There is no upper age limit, however, Paramotoring does require a certain amount of physical activity. Anyone with a moderate level of fitness should more than able to carry out the training. Please let us know if you have any pre-existing injuries.

 

The current minimum age restriction set by the HGFA for Paramotoring is 15 years.

Can the equipment fail?

The paramotor is used to get you off the ground and into the air, helping you maintain your altitude. At any given time, you can shut the engine off and fly the glider as you would a paraglider and safely glide back down to a safe landing option.

 

Motors that you will train on have both manual and electric start options. Learning how to safely stop your engine mid-flight and then restart again is an integral part of your training.

 

Superior designed Paramotoring Wings such as the APCO Lift EZ have an impressive Glide ratio of 8:1. This means the glider will travel 8 metres forward for every 1 metre down. Beginner Gliders such as Niviuk Link and APCO Lift EZ are designed with safety and training in mind. They stay fully pressurised and have a natural tendency in the design to fly straight. They are also considered to be forgiving on pilot input.

Buying 2nd Hand Equipment

ADVICE ON BUYING USED OR SECOND-HAND MOTORS AND GLIDERS:


Paramotors are not cheap (or if you find one that is, perhaps question it!) but they do represent the most inexpensive way to get airborne.
When looking to buy new or used, it will benefit you to know what to look for within your budget. If you are looking to save some money, buying a used paramotor can be a good option. You won’t get the latest and greatest, but is that what important?

 

Buying equipment off the internet or from another pilot could end up costing you more money in the long run if you don’t ask the right questions. We always (and that’s always) offer unbiased advice on used motor options. Most are great, and represent excellent value for money and can save you a lot of money, others not so, so if you’re thinking of buying a used motor, please ask for our advice or the advice of a very experienced motor pilot that knows that particular motor.

 

Use your instructor to help you pick the most suitable equipment for your weight and experience level, whether it’s new or 2nd hand. 

 

Is Paramotoring safe?

Powered Paragliding Pilots (PPG) are essentially light aircraft pilots. The equipment used in PPG flying has advanced at an incredible speed since it was developed in the late 80s. As with all forms of aviation, there are risks involved. These risk should be considered very small if you operate your equipment as you have been taught and inline with the guidelines of operation under the HGFA/CASA regulations.

 
The HGFA has spent years creating a quality control system that encompasses pilot rating systems and their thorough and in-depth progressive training syllabus for HGFA Certified Instructors and students to follow. A skilled trainer and advanced training techniques are what will keep you safe in this sport.

Who can I fly with?

As Australia takes hold of this great sport, the community grows larger and larger every year and more and more ‘Clubs’ are popping up throughout Australia. The Australian Paramotoring community is full of some very friendly, welcoming and approachable people.

Once you are off and flying there are lots of things happening in the Paramotoring community. There are Paramotoring ‘Fly-Ins’ for all levels of motoring pilots throughout the year – all the way up to championship level competitions and international pursuits. 

High Adventure regularly organises weekend get-togethers, maintenance weekends and in-depth ‘How to’ instructional courses for Pilots of High Adventure.

How does a Paramotor work?

A paramotor is a light-aircraft frame consisting of a motor weighing between 20-30kgs, a propeller, a harness with an integrated seat, and a cage. It’s then attached to the riser points of the wing.

A paramotor can be assembled and dissembled in a matter of minutes fitting into even the smallest of motor vehicles. It is this ease of transportation, size and quick set-up that makes Paramotoring one of the easiest and most compact aircraft’s available.

Unlike a paraglider, you can take off with a motor in both light and nil wind. The pilot walks or runs holding the brake handles or toggles to steer the wing and the throttle in one hand. The forward motion created from the motor will inflate the wing as you walk or run forward.

The throttle controls how fast you go up or down, and the brake handles to control the left-right direction. A paramotor has no clutch, only four inputs that you need to worry about. Left, right or up and down. Once the canopy takes the weight, and with a bit of throttle, the wing lifts off the ground, and you are flying!

How high can I fly?

Australia has restricted airspace rulings that any PPG pilot must follow and guidelines for flying in high-density areas. Outside of controlled airspace, you are free to fly anywhere you like. Currently, Australia has a legal height limit for flying PPG which is 10,000 feet.

Can I take up passengers?

Once you have mastered the techniques, it is also possible to share the sport and your experiences by flying tandem with friends and family. Taking a passenger or “tandem” flying is possible with the correct equipment and training.

 

A special licence is required to be able to perform tandem paramotor flights.

may

12may - 21may 129:00 ammay 21Learn to Paraglide Course8-10 day Course - Laurieton (Port Macquarie)

12may - 25may 129:00 ammay 25Learn to Paramotor13 Day Powered Paraglider - Paramotoring Course

14may - 21may 149:00 ammay 21Skydiving Conversion CourseSKYDIVING CONVERSION COURSE

22may - 25may 229:00 ammay 25Paramotoring EndorsementParamotor - Motorised Paraglider Endorsement (Will take 2-4 days)

22may - 25may 229:00 ammay 25Paramotor Wheelbase Endorsement

26may - 8junmay 269:00 amjun 8Learn to Paramotor13 Day Powered Paraglider - Paramotoring Course

26may - 4junmay 269:00 amjun 4Learn to Paraglide Course8-10 day Course - Laurieton (Port Macquarie)

26may - 27may 269:00 ammay 27Free 2 Day Intro CourseNo Charge - Zilch - No catch!

28may - 4junmay 289:00 amjun 4Skydiving Conversion CourseSKYDIVING CONVERSION COURSE

june

26may - 4junmay 269:00 amjun 4Learn to Paraglide Course8-10 day Course - Laurieton (Port Macquarie)

26may - 8junmay 269:00 amjun 8Learn to Paramotor13 Day Powered Paraglider - Paramotoring Course

28may - 4junmay 289:00 amjun 4Skydiving Conversion CourseSKYDIVING CONVERSION COURSE

5jun - 8jun 59:00 amjun 8Paramotoring EndorsementParamotor - Motorised Paraglider Endorsement (Will take 2-4 days)

5jun - 8jun 59:00 amjun 8Paramotor Wheelbase Endorsement

23jun - 6juljun 239:00 amjul 6Learn to Paramotor13 Day Powered Paraglider - Paramotoring Course

23jun - 2juljun 239:00 amjul 2Learn to Paraglide Course8-10 day Course - Laurieton (Port Macquarie)

23jun - 24jun 239:00 amjun 24Free 2 Day Intro CourseNo Charge - Zilch - No catch!

25jun - 1juljun 259:00 amjul 1- 5:00 pmSkydiving Conversion CourseSKYDIVING CONVERSION COURSE

july

23jun - 2juljun 239:00 amjul 2Learn to Paraglide Course8-10 day Course - Laurieton (Port Macquarie)

23jun - 6juljun 239:00 amjul 6Learn to Paramotor13 Day Powered Paraglider - Paramotoring Course

25jun - 1juljun 259:00 amjul 1- 5:00 pmSkydiving Conversion CourseSKYDIVING CONVERSION COURSE

3jul - 6jul 39:00 amjul 6Paramotoring EndorsementParamotor - Motorised Paraglider Endorsement (Will take 2-4 days)

3jul - 6jul 39:00 amjul 6Paramotor Wheelbase Endorsement

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3 MILL STREET LAURIETON
NSW AUSTRALIA 2443

TEL: 0429 844 961

About Us

HGFA Approved and Insured Flight Training Facility providing Paragliding, Paramotoring and Wheelbase Trike Training.

Learn to Paraglide and Paramotor Courses, Advanced Skills Clinics and Tandem Flights by CFI David Wainwright in Port Macquarie, Laurieton and Crescent Head on the Mid North Coast of NSW.

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