FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A PARAMOTOR?
Paramotoring is a form of personal flying which offers unprecedented freedom, simplicity, controllable safety and low cost. There is no runway needed and most paramotors can be broken down to fit in to your car boot. A paramotor is a small engine which is strapped to your back like a rucksack, used with a glider which inflates above your head on the ground enabling you to take flight.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING ON A PARAMOTOR FLIGHT EXPERIENCE?
We tell all our passengers to wear clothing similar to a walking adventure. It’s open cockpit flying so wear warm comfortable clothes and suitable footwear. Trainers or walking boots would be perfect. If you are bringing your family and friends, don’t forget the camera as they will be able to take photos from the ground.
DO I NEED TO BE FIT?
For all our flight experiences, you will only need to be able to run a few steps on the ground before we are airborne.
If you plan on learning, the launch and landing process relies more on technique than physical fitness. The training syllabus does involve running around the field with the motor on your back so extracts some exertion. Flying is actually incredibly relaxing but the beginning of the process will work up a sweat. It does get much easier as skills improve.
DO I NEED A LICENSE TO FLY A PARAMOTOR?
Within the UK, solo paramotor pilots do not currently need a license or rating, however we have to know and obey the rules and regulations applying to UK airspace. We recommend learning with an experienced instructor to help you progress safely and cover all topics needed to make you a competent pilot.
HOW SCARY IS IT?
Flying in the right weather conditions can actually be very relaxing and incredibly rewarding but the launching and landing can be a little adrenaline fuelled especially on your first few flights. The sport is not risk-free but it’s effectively as safe as you are and possibly the safest form of flying available. At CM Paramotors, we teach you the necessary skills to be the safest pilot possible including how to check the weather conditions and how to maintain your equipment.
WHERE CAN I FLY A PARAMOTOR?
You can fly a paramotor at any open, flat field – providing you have permission and there are no air space restrictions (ie. with the consent of a friendly local farmer).
CAN ANYONE LEARN TO FLY A PARAMOTOR?
Definitely! Paramotor pilots are an incredibly diverse bunch which includes males and females of all ages. As long as you are reasonably active and capable of carrying a 26kg paramotor on your back for a short period of time. During the training period, this will be for longer amounts of time but it does get easier. For those with knee or ankle problems, you can also consider flying with a trike instead of launching by foot.
Clive has been a constant source of knowledge and advice throughout my time learning to become a paramotor pilot. He has an immense amount of patience and has made the whole journey very enjoyable. I’ve been flying for the last 4 years and would recommend to anyone! He will make you feel safe so you enjoy the flight and will genuinely recommend the right equipment for you.
We’ve just got back from an amazing afternoon with Clive. For my husband’s 40th birthday, I booked a 1 hour tandem flight and some extra time on the ground to learn about the wing etc. My husband thoroughly enjoyed it and Clive was patient, reassuring and what you’d expect from a true professional. Hoping to book the full course with him next year! Can’t recommend him enough.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Hi! I’m Clive and I started flying in 2003 at the Gliding Centre in Leicestershire. I then moved on to fly microlights in 2004 where I got my NPPL M. After flying the flexwings for a couple of years, I then completed my fix wing training completed in late 2005, flying 3 types of fixed and also gaining my NPPL (SLMG).
I’ve been fortunate to fly many different types of aircraft. I started paramotor flying in 2010 and never looked back. Flying tandem paramotor was something I wanted to do for many reasons. Mostly being able to help others in the sport that were struggling with certain elements.
I have spent many hours with other instructors to show how tandem paramotoring works and the benefits to all that want to learn from it.
… so if your thinking of training with us here at CM Paramotors, rest-assured we guarantee you will leave as a knowledgeable pilot who is safe and competent. We don’t run a production line, we run a school, where training is fun and safe, we have built up strong relationships with our suppliers and we also offer unbiased impartial advice on all paramotor equipment.