It is common to want the superpower to fly and see things from a bird’s viewpoint. What makes this dream possible for adventure seekers, is paramotoring. It is the possibility of soaring through a sky and witnessing scenery as a panorama that makes paramotoring an exceedingly popular extreme adventure sport.
The idea of paragliding gave birth to paramotoring. As the name suggests, paramotoring uses a motor that propels the wind while gliding – this helps you take-off from practically anywhere. Paramotoring has two variants: foot launch and wheel launch. Simply put, foot launch utilizes a harness attached to a frame which, in turn, combines the harness with the engine and a propeller which is worn like a backpack. Wheel launch, on the other hand, is suited for two occupants, as it includes a cart with three or four wheels.
Paramotoring in India is a new aerial sport concept that is slowly gaining ground with more enthusiasts wanting to learn powered paragliding.
Course & Experience
Paramotoring in India, like paragliding, can be experienced throughout the year except during the rainy season due to visibility and safety conditions. Clear skies are a must during Pilot training. But you should check the weather forecast for the wind speed and gusts. The windy app can be used for such purposes and it can be found on our website. It will give you an accurate prediction of wind speeds and gusts at certain times. You need to consider the wind gusts, gusts are what makes a flight bumpy and potentially dangerous.
Outskirts of mumbai without the busy streets and skyscrapers is where the paramotoring magic happens. Both the Sahyadris and the western sea coast are great for Paramotoring around Mumbai specifically near Vasai and Virar region where you can even learn and take up a course for becoming a paramotoring pilot.
Jaisalmer is known for its share of extreme sports and extreme heat. It offers a beautiful desert with golden sand dunes and a rich culture. Paramotoring is a great adventure sport to indulge in on your trip to Rajasthan. You get a mesmerising view of the golden sands as you make your way through the sky.
Jaipur, also known as the pink city, attracts a lot of tourists every year, having easy connectivity via all the modes of transportation. Here the take off and landing occurs from the famous Amer fort, so you get the views of the picturesque forts and the golden desert dunes.
Ganpati Pule, located on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra, is by far the best spot for paramotoring. This spot is right on the beach where it is possible to fly a Paramotor all day, as the air is not disturbed by the ocean as much as it is disturbed by land around it. In just a few days you too can become a certified and licensed Paramotorer through our school out here.
Goa can probably be called the hub of adventure sports in India. Your flight over the pristine beaches of Goa is tailored to suit your flying needs. Paramotoring happens here on the Mandarem beach .Mandrem beach is a peaceful beach in the north of Goa, close to Arambol and Ashvem beach. It is a white sand beach and has clear water and a salt-water creek along the beach. You won’t find many people on the beach here so it is a perfect place to try paramotoring. The beach location is also perfect to capture the right wind for your flight.
The IT hub of the country has one of the best paramotoring operators in the country. The lady pilot here is called the “queen of the skies” by locals. She is a certified pilot who offers joyrides to people which is perfect recreational activity for the people in this city who need a little stress relief.
Sports & Events
Paramotoring has evolved from paragliding. This sport has developed gradually to such an extent that now many pilots perform extreme maneuvers such as wing-overs, barrel rolls and loops. These types of movements present an attention worthy danger as any type of negative G’s encountered will unload the wing allowing the wings lines to go flapping. Only very advanced pilots with years of practical knowledge, training and matched with counteracts such as reserve parachutes should attempt such maneuvers.
There are a lot of competitions and championships for paramotoring in the global arena. The most famous one is the Paramotoring World Games in which the participants to prove 5 capabilities:
- Accuracy Landing
- Slow/ Fast
- Figure of Eight Slalom
- Paramotor Soccer
- Swoop the Pond
Captain P.R Singh, a pilot for the indigo airlines, lead the Indian team in the 10th FAI World Paramotoring Championship 2018 and won the bronze medal. This win has put the sport in a different light in India and will pull more people towards it.
Like Paragliding, paramotoring in India also requires you to undergo a basic pilot training that enables you to fly safely and responsibly. It also gives you a chance to train for and participate in competitions and events hosted by FAI, APPI PPG and other bodies.
Competitions and Festivals
The Paramotoring world games is organised by the FÉDÉRATION AÉRONAUTIQUE INTERNATIONALE also known as the WORLD AIR SPORTS FEDERATION.
There is another competition called the Icarus race which has been referred to as the toughest air race on earth. The Icarus Trophy is a massive 2 week long unsupported air race on paramotors.
There are no events/ festivals currently dedicated to paramotoring as such in India but Paramotoring was part of the winter festivals in 2018 in Mysore for the first time.
Paramoriting was also part of the air games festival in Giza, Egypt In 2018. Around 65 skydivers and paramotor pilots from at least 20 countries flew above the pyramids of Giza, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Certified and proper training
Make sure you get trained by certified schools and get proper training before you fly. You need 10 days of training before you take a solo flight.
One easy way to know the wind direction( which is very important for this sport) when the wind speed is less, is to blow bubbles and see in which direction they blow.
Get a windsock for without it you won’t be able to land properly or know where to land. Get yourself a windsock and a pole that’s at least five meters long. Pack it every time you go flying and always set it up in the centre of the field.
Stuff Sack for Emergencies
When you launch you should always take your stuff sack with you. If for any reason you have to land miles away from your field you may have a long walk to the nearest road. If you have your stuff sack you can pack away your glider.
Always carry your phone
You should always be prepared for the worst case scenario so keep your phone handy incase of any emergency landings.
There have been cases of paramotorers crashing onto electrical lines or cashing on the roof of a house causing damages worth thousands. Its always better to have insurance.
Check your equipment
Keep a check on your bolts and equipment to ensure a safe flight.
A powered paraglider differs from a powered parachute (PPC) primarily in size, power, control method, and number of occupants. Powered paragliders are smaller, use more efficient (but more difficult to manage) paraglider wings, and steer with brake toggles like sport parachutists.
Paramotor is the generic name for the harness and propulsive portion of a powered paraglider (“PPG”). There are two basic types of paramotors: foot launch and wheel launch.
Lightweight carts or “trikes” (called “quads” if they have four wheels) can also be mounted on powered paragliders for those who prefer not to, or are unable to, foot launch. Some are permanent units.
it is a device that helps a pilot find and stay in the “core” of a thermal to maximise height gain and, conversely, to indicate when a pilot is in sinking air and needs to find rising air.
It is a must to protect the head from injuries.
The radio is far more than a convenience when flying. It is your connection with other pilots and the ground for weather information, pilots in distress, and other emergencies. It is used to communicate with other pilots and indicate when someone is landing.
It is a device that helps a pilot find and stay in the “core” of a thermal to maximise height gain and, conversely, to indicate when a pilot is in sinking air and needs to find rising air.
It is used to determine drift due to the prevailing wind when flying at altitude, providing position information to allow restricted airspace to be avoided and identifying one’s location for retrieval teams after landing out in unfamiliar territory. The recorded GPS track of a flight can also be used to analyze flying technique or can be shared with other pilots.