Become a paramotor licensed pilot!
Several paramotor schools are located across the country and offer certified paramotor courses. The paramotor training lessons are given in private or in small groups.
A paramotor is a portable aircraft. The engine is in a backpack configuration. The pilot and his engine are attached to a paraglider. One of the main advantages of the paramotor is the fact that you can take off almost wherever you want. That gives a lot of autonomy. All that is needed is a head wind and a good distance of security to take off. The required distance to take off is between 5 to 15 meters, and only 1 meter for the landing. However, legally, it is not possible to fly everywhere, like near cities or in certain restricted areas. The paramotors are under the rules of Canadian Aviation, like the ultralight aircraft. Be informed!
The paramotor allows you to gain important altitude, as high as 10,000 feet. Generally, the paramotor weights between 14 and 22 kilos, to which you add up to 3 kg for the gas. It is a very accessible sport that requires an average physical shape. It only takes a few meters run with the paramotor on your back. A paramotor with a five-liter tank allows you to fly an hour and half, while a ten-liter tank around 3 hours. Its transportability is excellent because some cages can break down in 2 or 4 parts allowing you to easily store it in the bag and carry it in the trunk of a car.
Below 10 km/hr. winds, it is better to take off your back to the wing. Over 10 km/hr. wind, you can inflate the paraglider facing the wing and then turn around to take off. The minimal speed you can fly is between 20 to 25 km/hr. The forward motion combined with the wind pressure into the cells allows the paraglider inflation. In fact, the air is pressured inside and gives a wing shape to the paraglider that makes it fly. You do not fly faster with a stronger paramotor engine, but you will climb faster. Whatever the engine's performance, the horizontal speed remains stable, around 40 km/hr. It is a very secure sport. In case you run out of gas, or an engine failure, the paraglider will glide down slowly and smoothly.
You can also get paramotor training with Recreational Flight. In fact, you start with a paragliding training. After a few lessons on the ground, on the school hill and on the static winch, when you handle perfectly the wing's inflation and that the instructor thinks that you are ready to learn paramotor, you will need a few more lessons to learn to use the engine. But most of the training is the same as paragliding's.
To obtain a paramotor license, you must be over 16 years old and:
Obtain a medical certificate
Accumulate at least 5 hours of flight (a minimum of 2 in solo flight)
Have done at least 30 take-offs and landings (a minimum of 10 solo)
Have done a ground school training
Get 90 % at the ULTRA written exam
Obtain a letter of recommendation from a certified instructor