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Here are a few of the most common questions we get about the sport of Powered Paragliding. This is a great place to start if you are new to the sport! If you have a question that isn’t posted here, just give BlackHawk Paramotors USA a call. We love helping people realize their dream of personal flight!

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Total unit weight for most Foot-Launch Paramotors can range from 45-75 lbs, depending on the size of motor and amount of fuel. Multiple straps & attachment points on the harness distribute the pilot’s body weight evenly – similar to how a hiking backpack functions. This keeps the motor weight very manageable for most people. Keep in mind that the pilot only needs to support this weight for a brief moment during takeoff. Once they are airborne, the weight is burdened by the Paraglider. Accessories like reserve parachutes, helmets, or communication systems can also add additional weight and should be considered. Weight concerns mostly apply to those flying Foot-Launch Paramotors. Those flying Paramotor Quads obviously don’t have support the weight of the machine, making it less of a concern.

How much does a Paramotor weigh?

On average, beginner gliders have a cruising speed of 18-25 MPH. Skilled pilots can achieve much greater speeds by incorporating speed-bar systems, flying a smaller-sized glider, flying an advanced glider with Reflex Technology, or flying with the wind. In general, if you want to fly fast, buy an airplane! If you are looking for a low-and-slow way to explore the world from above, you’ve come to the right place! Keep in mind that there is a fine line between performance and safety. Gliders which are smaller, faster, or utilize more advanced flying configurations (like speed-bars) can often have less passive safety features than standard gliders. Always check with your Certified Flight Instructor prior to purchasing a new glider to MAKE SURE it coincides with your level of skill.

Most Paramotors utilize 2-stroke motors, with a fuel-to-oil mix. We always recommend using premium unleaded fuel (ethanol free if possible), and high-quality synthetic 2-stroke motor oil. Always refer to your engine manual or manufacturer for the exact fuel-to-oil mix. Many European Paramotors require the use of “aviation fuel,” which can be very expensive and hard to come by. If a Paramotor engine is designed and built properly, it should easily run on high-octane auto fuel. You should be able to purchase fuel anywhere, instead of having to locate an airport.

It is technically ILLEGAL in the United States to fly tandem in a Powered Paraglider. That being said, people frequently ask “Why are companies selling them if they are illegal in the US?” The answer is simple: Powered Paragliding is a global industry, and there are many countries where it is totally legal to fly a Tandem Paramotor. Many people have set up successful Tandem businesses, especially in tourist-rich locations. Tandem LowBoy II Paramotor Quads can be found on BlackHawk’s website for this very reason. There are very few regulations in this sport, and this just happens to be one of them. We are regulated by part 103 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.

NOTE: As of 2019, the USPPA (United States Powered Paragliding Association) has been able to provide some Pilots with “Tandem exemptions” – allowing them to fly Tandem IF specific requirements are met. If this is something you are interested in, please contact the USPPA