UKPPG Paramotor Training School
UKPPG and Fenland Wind And Air Sports Centre, offers Very Comprehensive Training Courses for PPG Foot Launch and Sub 70Kg Trike Training for Complete Beginners, Paraglider Conversion Courses to Powered Paragliding, Right Through to Advanced Training and Alternative Entry BHPA Pilot Ratings or Top Up Refresher Courses for the More Experienced Existing Pilots.
- About UKPPG Training
- Learn to Fly
- Foot Launch PPG
- SUB 70kg PPG Trike
UKPPG Pride Ourselves on the Highest Standards and Levels of PPG Training in the UK.
Take care when researching your Training School. A Lot of Training School Courses look on the outset to actually be cheaper than ourselves but normally this is because they will normally charge you on a pay as you go Scheme Per Course or on a Daily or Hourly Rate. Either way you will not receive or gain the same amount of training or skills when you are limited to time restricted training and most Students do not even complete their course.
UKPPG unlike many other training centres, also supplies ALL of the equipment that you will need to learn to fly Safely, Saving you money until you are sure that you will like the sport and have the knowledge and Experience to make the right buying decisions on equipment that will last you a lifetime.
Our Comprehensive Training Course covers a very thorough Wing Control Process and Full Understanding of your equipment, Full Paramotor and Engine Training and all of our students train on our SUPPLIED New Quality Equipment, right through to Helmets Intercomms and Gloves, All we ask you to supply is your Boots. All of our students unlike other PPG Training Schools stay with us until you have completed a minimum of 25-40 flights normally. Within these flights you will learn everything you require to go and fly on your own being fully competent and knowledgeable.
UKPPG also boast a unique PPG Flight Simulator that allows beginners to understand and master, all of the in-flight experiences, which you would normally only find out about when you take your first flight on the Paramotor.
We also use the simulator to set up paramotor angles and harnesses professionally for your safety.
We train on our own, UKPPG SKY EOLE 12M Training wings (Pictured Right) which enable you to train in higher wind speeds, when full size paragliders are deemed to be unsafe to use, this opens up a much larger training envelope of days which would normally be unsuitable to train in, we also have a full range of full size
Training and Flying is available all year round, 7 Days a Week (Subject to Weather) and set in the heart of the Fenland Countryside we offer miles of flat scenic countryside, unbelievable big skies and sunsets to die for along with close by coastal cross country expeditions to explore when you are up and flying as a competent Pilot.
Our UKPPG Flying site has all the facilities rarely found on other sites Boasting a superb 9 acre, flat grassland, flying field (1000ft x 330ft) complete with Mens, Womens and Disabled Toilets, fresh mains water and tea and coffee facilities
For places to stay whilst training or visiting UKPPG please click here for a short list of our favorite Camp sites / Hotels
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We are Members of and Train above and beyond the Standards of the BHPA British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association Requirements.
From its Leicester headquarters the BHPA oversees Pilots and Instructors Training Standards and provides, technical support such as airworthiness standards and a host of other services, providing the infrastructure within which UK hang gliding and paragliding thrive.
In the UK free flying is supported and administered by the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA), a thriving sports association catering to around 7,000 pilots.
The BHPA works closely with numerous recreational clubs that look after flying sites and offer guidance and assistance to pilots at a local level.
BHPA Membership for Pilots also includes you with £5 million cover of 3rd-party Insurance, and a subscription to the Monthly Skywings Magazine. Your initial Introductory or Training Membership will be processed by UKPPG. There are concessions for those under 21 and over 67.
UKPPG as a BHPA Registered School trains you at a rate of progress that is suitable for you and your personal ability. We are also monitored for safety and for the quality of the training we offer and the equipment we supply for our students use, and our Trained Instructors are licensed and insured by the Association.
UKPPG also takes great care to ensure that any Paragliders available to its Students are Safe to Fly and Fully Certified for Beginner use. The BHPA is respected the world over and has contributed to the drafting of EU standards for Paraglider airworthiness. These measures have resulted in gliders that are stable in the air and are more than strong enough for their intended use.
Learning to Fly a Paramotor or Trike
Before making your initial flights under power, you'll first need to learn to fly the Wing Competently and gain full knowledge and understanding of its behaviour and characteristics.
Once this is mastered your Instructor will turn to the power unit, known as the Paramotor and you will learn how to assemble and disassemble it and pre-flight check it all over (this is for easy transport, not a major strip down!), how to safely start the Paramotor, control the throttle, and undertake basic routine maintenance. Your instructor will also explain torque and thrust effects, and discuss safety issues and you will be able to practise your entry and exit techniques of the harness in our unique simulator, both with and without the engine running.
The two elements will then be put together to teach you powered flight. The same degree of knowledge of Flight Theory and Meteorology is required as for Paragliding, and because with an engine you have the ability to roam at will, considerable emphasis is placed on teaching you Airlaw and Navigation.
No CAA licence is required to fly a Paramotor – but you still have to know and obey the rules and regulations applying to UK Airspace – of which there are many... The UK is a small island, and much of the airspace above it is reserved for commercial air traffic, bird sanctuaries, weapons testing etc..
Being in the wrong place and height on your Paramotor could be catastrophic – and at best could land you with a huge fine. Learning to read an Aeronautical Chart and how to navigate is not difficult – your Instructor will guide you through this.
Your Health and Fitness to Fly
You should be fit and active; have good co-ordination and an alert, reasoning mind (but you don't need any previous flying experience). Although no medical examination is required you should be in good health. If you suffer from any medical condition such as epilepsy, fainting, giddiness, high blood pressure, heart condition or diabetes you should ask your Doctor's advice, prior to commencing on a Course.
BHPA Membership and Insurance
Students under instruction at and qualified pilots flying at our Airfield all carry £5 million 3rd-party Insurance for their own peace of mind. This is also automatically included in your BHPA membership when you start training with us.
If you require personal or travel insurance, to cover you during training and beyond, this should be obtained from an independent insurance broker.
What is Paramotoring ?
Paramotors (also known as a Powered Paragliders) combine the easy flying characteristics of a paraglider with the autonomy and range of powered flight.
Paramotors are relatively easy to learn to fly, and being foot launched, they can take-off from an open, flat field, provided you have permission, and as long as there no hazards such as trees, livestock or bystanders. (Airfields are of course ideal) There is no need to find a hill site facing into wind, or even to wait for the wind to blow.
They are quickly and easily rigged and de-rigged, and once dismantled can be put in the boot of a car or taken to exotic locations as hand baggage.
What Exactly is a Paramotor?
This simplest of all powered aircraft consists of a small motor driving a propeller, worn like a backpack under a paraglider wing and providing thrust to take off, climb and maintain level flight.
Once airborne, the Paramotor can be used to motor along and watch the world go by beneath you or, if conditions permit, soared in thermal lift to make long cross-country flights.
The motor can be stopped and restarted in the air, with many having electric starters, enabling the pilot to adapt his or her flight to the prevailing conditions.
Many Paramotor Pilots are Paraglider pilots looking for more flexibility in their flying; many others are new to flying but become interested in Paramotoring, and then in Paragliding flight too.
Is it Expensive ?
New power units cost around £3,500 - £6,000, to which you need to add the cost of a new or second hand paraglider. You'll also need a flying suit, flying boots and a helmet, and will need to consider purchasing other equipment as you progress. Running costs are minimal, making paramotoring perhaps the cheapest form of powered flying available.
What is a Sub 70kg PPG Trike ??
A recent change to air law has been issued to allow foot-launched Paramotors or self-propelled hang-gliders to be fitted with wheels. Previously such aircraft could only be foot launched since the addition of wheels to a Paramotor chassis would have seen the aircraft classified as a microlight aeroplane, therefore needing a Pilot’s licence to fly.
In order to meet the conditions of the exemption, the aircraft must have an unladen mass (including Full Fuel and your Wing), of no more than 70kgs. An additional 5kgs is permitted if the aircraft is equipped with an emergency parachute. To limit the performance of the aircraft, the chassis and wing combination must have a stall speed or minimum steady flight speed in the landing configuration of no more than 20 knots. This is to ensure that the overall performance and kinetic energy of the aircraft is kept similar to existing foot-launched aircraft.
A number of factors are behind the decision to issue this exemption. In the past, the CAA periodically received enquiries from people who were unable to foot-launch Paramotors due to physical injury or disability. Normal policy would have been to recommend they obtained a National Private Pilot’s Licence (NPPL) with microlight class rating and fly an aircraft fitted with wheels, even if the aircraft was otherwise identical to a foot-launched variant that could be flown without a licence.
Aircraft flying in accordance with the exemption must be insured your BHPA Membership will cover this
Is it Expensive?
New power units cost around £3,500 - £6,000, to which you need to add the cost of a Reserve Parachute and a new or second hand Paraglider. You'll also need a flying boots and a helmet and comms and possibly a flying suit and you will need to consider purchasing other equipment as you progress. Running costs are minimal, making Paramotoring perhaps the cheapest form of powered flying available.