Developing the Sport of Paramotoring in Huntsville, AL
At ParAmerica, our ultimate goal is to provide learning resources and foster transformative training experiences, which produce competent entry-level paramotor pilots who share our passion for flight, serve as humble representatives of our sport, and make wise decisions throughout their flying careers. We're truly excited to bring the ParAmerica training program back to the Huntsville area from February 2-11 and March 9-18.
Our class size is intentionally limited to a 2 student per 1 instructor ratio; this ensures that each student receives the highest levels of quality instruction and focused attention, suited to their specific abilities and needs. Justin Fox, co-owner of FlyMiPPG and founder of SkyFox Paramotors, will join Jon Eisele as a featured instructor.
The ground school portion of the training course includes approximately 18 hours of ground school with lessons on: Basic Ground Handling; Federal Regulations, Law, and Public Perception; Airport Usage; Airspace; Flight Theory; Weather; Maintenance and Inspections; Aerodynamic Theory and Glider Design; Human Factors; and Safety.
Ground handling lessons, Motor Simulation Exercises, Thrust/Posture Exercises, and Winch Tow Exercises will accompany ground school prior to solo flights.
The ParAmerica staff will make every effort to achieve as many flights as physical abilities, aptitude, scheduling, weather, and other factors allow within the 10 days of allocated training time.
The 10 day training course is also designed to equip student pilots with a foundation of knowledge and skill that meets and exceeds USPPA PPG2-level standards. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue their USPPA ratings upon completion of training, however, the training fee itself is not directly tied to the completion or issuance of a rating. If desired, USPPA certifications will be issued as long as existing knowledge and performance standards are met.
The training fee includes the use of school equipment; there is no additional rental fee and no need to purchase equipment ahead of time. We will use Air Conception Nitro 200 motors and Ozone Mojo Power gliders during training; these gliders are designed with the beginner pilot in mind and have the highest degree of passive safety. Prospective students are encouraged to wait until after completing training to purchase equipment — this ensures that the purchasing decision is based on experience instead of marketing. It also won’t be necessary for students to purchase a glider to start kiting ahead of training — students will be up & running (literally) within their first few hours of training, regardless of their prior experience.
ParAmerica does not sell equipment, and is not compensated either directly or indirectly for equipment sales. This allows us to provide our unbiased opinion and suggestions based on individual preferences, weight, and anticipated flying styles. However, Justin Fox does offer a wide range of equipment brands including Ozone, Dudek, Air Conception, Parajet, and Fly Products, as well as his own paramotor, the Skyfox, which can be fitted with a Vittorazi Moster or Atom 80.
(Personal sidenote from Jon: I strongly recommend purchasing from Justin after training; he will not steer you wrong, and offers a wide range of equipment with quality support. Frankly, I could’ve asked many instructors to join me in Huntsville, and Justin was my first call. If you are interested in test flying a SkyFox Paramotor with Vittorazi Moster, after your first several flights, I would encourage you to do so — Justin will be bringing a few models with him.)
The efficient design of the course requires students to fully commit themselves to the daily training schedule in order to ensure that they progress through the syllabus in a timely, effective, and safe manner with the rest of the class. Our entire schedule is primarily determined by weather conditions and student progression. That said, most training days generally begin near sunrise and end sometime around 5-8 pm. Students can expect to train in the field in the morning and evenings when contentions are calm, break for lunch, and conduct ground school throughout the day.
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