What is PPG
What is Powered Paragliding
Powered paragliding, also known as paramotoring, is a form of ultralight aviation where the pilot wears a motor on his or her back (paramotor) which provides enough thrust to take off using a paraglider wing. It can be launched in still air, and on level ground, by the pilot alone — no assistance is required. In many countries, including the United States, powered paragliding is minimally regulated and requires no license.
The paramotor plays a crucial role in takeoff when launching a powered paraglider. Weighing between 40 to 80 pounds, the paramotor initially relies on human support but quickly generates enough thrust to lift the craft into the air. Once paraglider (wing) inflate by ram air and reaching an altitude of around 20 feet, control shifts to the wing, which lift the paramotor and the harnessed pilot off the ground. The pilot can then safely settle into the seat located beneath the paraglider's wing, previously folded before takeoff. Control of the powered paraglider is achieved through a set of brake toggles and a hand-held throttle. Costs for a power paraglider typically range from $6000 to $12000 USD, varying based on technological advancements and design improvements. Each year, powered paraglider technology evolves, enhancing safety and flight ease.