Paramotoring, also referred to as powered paragliding, is a sport you can engage in solo. However, you require some prior training in order to be sure that you have safe flights. You can get this training either in a flying school or through hiring a private coach.
The schools are an essential part of preparing for the sport, but they cost a few bucks. However, the relatively expensive training is worth it. At a paragliding school, you are trained in flying, as well as how to design and build the ultra-light aircraft.
When it comes down to paramotoring, you need a glider that has a paramotor. Usually, the equipment comes in a kit that also has a harness and a seat. You can purchase a brand new kit or second-hand so long as it is still in good condition from a paragliding school. You can also choose to make your own equipment.
To do this, you buy the glider, aluminium metal and blueprints of the paragliders. You cut the aluminium in accord with the blueprints, and then weld them together to make the frame that houses the motor. It is advisable that if you are not skilled at welding, you get a professional welder to do it for you. You then buy a motor, brand new or second-hand. You cut according to the specifications of the blueprints, as buying the wrong one may result in a faulty performance. A new one is the better option if you can afford it, as you are guaranteed of optimum thrust power for your gliders.
You also need to buy a propeller that has no defects whatsoever. A new one is the most likely to be in perfect form. It has to be one that is made from wood and that has two blades. You attach it to the engine. You must also include the canopy, which can be as colorful as you like. You attach it to two points on the harness. It completes the common appearance of the motorized paragliders.
Once you have completed assembling all the parts, you put your complete contraption on your back like a back pack and get used to its weight. You test the performance of the motor by turning on the engine, then feeling its forward push and level of vibration. For certainty of a complete test, you can get an experienced paragliding expert to provide you with a checklist. Once you are sure that your aircraft is in ideal condition for flying, you can then gear up and enjoy the sport.
As long as you have sufficient know-how of the development and use of paramotors, there is no reason why you can’t make money out of the sport. In fact, you can sell motored paragliders or train others to make and operate them, at a cost. Your competence will be determined by your ability to set up an entire paraglider such that it has a paramotor attached to its wing in balance. However, be sure to have undergone ample training for maximum enjoyment.