This Course is designed specifically for those that know they want to fly a paramotor.
Every pilot's training experience is a unique journey. Every student is an individual with different strengths, different physical abilities and an individual approach to learning earned from a lifetime of experience.
At Knowsley Airpark we have decided it's time to change the delivery of training to suit the individual
- to allow each pilot to travel their own path to the sky
- to recognise the huge drain 2 weeks of trainingcan have on the family and working lives of busy people
- to make the dream of flight not only more achievable but a more holistic and enjoyable experience.
It no longer makes sense for us to sign everyone up to the same two week, intensive course. We love to fly, it’s our passion, and we want you to become a pilot that recognises that the completion of training is just the beginning of a lifetime of successful and safe aviation.
To become a certified Paramotor Pilot the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia (HGFA) requires you to complete a minimum of 20 hours of airtime, 30 flights over at least 12 individual days of training. With your dedication to the training, making sure you are both mentally and physically prepared and if the weather cooperates, this is achievable. Some students really like the idea of a 12 day flying holiday as well.
However a growing number of pilots don’t want to follow that path, they want to break the training up into less stressful, more enjoyably, time sensitive and financially manageable blocks. We have also found after running this course for many years that breaking the course up to allow students to recover from the physical / mental demands of the training has beneficial results on the safe progression of learning.
Training can be done on a day to day basis, weekdays, weekends, whatever suits your needs. The most effective way to train is in 2 stages, though for a majority of pilots this is not always practical.
- Stage 1 is a 7-day block, the foundation and advancement of the fundamental skills benefit greatly from working with you every day while we build on each previous days lessons and start to develop muscle memory. During this stage you will become comfortable with controlling the wing, launching, landing and learning the basics of flying a Paramotor. We will cover the theory, ground handling, non-motorised flights using a winch system, dual seat tandem instruction if required and your initial Paramotor flights.
- Stage 2 consists of a minimum 5 more days of Paramotor flights, including a day of Paramotor cross country flying, skills refinement, navigation, and radio communication. This can be completed in a block, or over a series of
weekends / singular days according to the demands of your schedule.
We concentrate all of your time on building skills toward flying a Paramotor. You do not require the ridge soaring or thermalling skills necessary for free flying to gain your Paramotor Certificate so we do not waste your time "chasing the wind" to different launch sites and parawaiting for the right conditions to free fly. Our passion is motoring so that's what we do. We go Paramotoring. If you do however decide you would also like to have your non-motorised Paragliding Certificate, this can be easily achieved in a PPG-PG Conversion course at another time.
You can bring your own gear or hire it from us. If you do bring your own gear it must be airworthy and of a suitable rating for student use.
Paramotor hire $85.00 per hour wet hire.
Paraglider wings $15.00 per hour.
Minimum training price for PPG Certificate is $3600 for twelve days of training.
A wheel based version of this course is also available.
Both motor and wing hire are subject to availability and T&C’s apply.