BlackHawk Paramotors USA Inc
8591 Hogan Dam Road – Valley Springs – California – 95252
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HERE’S A FEW COMMON QUESTIONS:
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 or BlackHawk Paramotors for more information: 833-PPG-FLYR.
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A Paramotor is the most affordable personal aircraft out there. BlackHawk Paramotors USA are the ONLY manufacturer selling COMPLETE Paramotor Package Deals for under $8k which INCLUDE THE GLIDER. They basically cost less than what a quad or motorcycle would, and just imagine the potential of what you could do with your own flying machine! The possibilities are endless! Imported Paramotors (which most other brands are) can cost thousands more than domestically produced machines. Most of the prices of imported machines DO NOT INCLUDE a glider or any flight accessories. Another concern is availability of parts. Pilots don’t want to wait weeks for a simple part to arrive from overseas. That being said, your money and time will go a lot farther with a domestic manufacturer who offers package deals. One last thing to consider is the fact that Powered Paragliding is a weight sensitive sport. If you are a heavier pilot, you may need a larger motor or glider. If you live in a place like Colorado and launch from 7,000 feet regularly, you may need a different glider or motor to handle those demands. Higher elevations equates to “thinner air” or less “lift.” For an exact price quote or equipment recommendations, simply call (209) 786-7899.
On average, pilots can expect to get 45-60 minutes flight PER GALLON of gas. With a standard 3.5 gallon tank, one could fly anywhere from 2-4 hours. This of course depends on factors like throttle use, headwind speed, payload, size of engine, fuel efficiency, glide-ratio, and flying-style. Many pilots enjoy climbing up to a high altitude, shutting the motor off, and utilizing the thermals to fly for hours. Once they get back down to a low altitude, they can reach back, start up the motor, and do it all over again! That being said, you could stay airborne all day if conditions were optimal!
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AGE: There are many pilots in their 70’s and up who fly quite regularly. That being said, there isn’t an age cap on this sport. There are also young teens who fly with their parents. It really comes down to common sense… If you can’t drive a car safely, you should probably not be flying any type of aircraft. If there is any question, just ask a Certified Flight Instructor or Dealer if this sport is right for you.
WEIGHT: There are no pilot weight restrictions in this sport. The only weight regulated is the total weight of the actual Paramotor. That being said, any machine being sold by a manufacturer as a “Powered Paraglider” or “Paramotor” will meet the weight exemption requirements. This is a “weight sensitive sport” and the power-to-weight ratio we are seeing from recent technology is astounding! Companies like BlackHawk Paramotors are producing motors which can take up to a 600 lb. payload!
Yes… In fact, it’s the safest form of personal aviation bar-none. You are basically “flying a parachute.” People frequently ask “what happens if the motor dies,” and then catch themselves, saying “oh yeah, it’s a parachute! You just glide down.” Efficient gliders (like a Velocity Elektra for example) have a phenomenal “glide ratio” of 9.4:1. This means the glider will travel 9.4 feet forward, for every 1 foot down. If the motor shuts off, this will give the pilot plenty of time to locate an alternate landing site. For comparison, and to get an idea of how efficient these “Paragliders” are, standard modern “parachutes” have glide ratios of only 3:1! Beginner Gliders are designed to stay extremely pressurized, they are very forgiving to the pilot’s input, and have the natural tendency to fly straight by themselves.
In addition to the many passive-safety features on a Paramotor, pilots also fly with reserve parachutes, flotation devices, helmets, communication radios, and a basic tool kit. Aside from having the proper equipment, what keeps people safe in this sport is completing a professional training course from a CERTIFIED Instructor. You should NEVER attempt to teach yourself how to operate a Paramotor, even if you have a pilot’s license. This cannot be emphasized enough! This form of aviation is much different from any other type out there, and requires specific technique.
No… There is no license needed whatsoever to become a Paramotor Pilot! There are also NO insurance requirements, NO annual inspections, and NO hanger fees! This alone saves aviation enthusiasts thousands of dollars. You won’t find a more affordable way to have your very own personal flying machine.
CAUTION: Not needing a license has it’s benefits, however, no license means no regulating body. Unfortunately, anyone can open up a flight school, claim to be a expert, and start teaching people how to fly. To address this very concern, several of the industry’s TOP experts got together to create “The United States Powered Paragliding Association or USPPA. To this day, the USPPA is a non-profit organization, ran by volunteers, and remains the most recognized organization in the industry. This organization has created an exceptional quality control system through progressive pilot ratings systems, their thorough training syllabus for USPPA Certified Instructors to follow, and their open line of forum-based communication.
Proper training is what will keep you safe in this sport. That being said, it’s highly recommended that you have the actual Paramotor manufacturer recommend a training facility to you. Don’t go for “the guy down the street” offering lessons because it’s close or convenient. Watch out for Instructors who talk negatively about organizations designed to promote safety in the sport. These are commonly Instructors who have “burned their bridges” or have been kicked out of these organizations due to their behavior. The USPPA documents incidents and issues pilots have experienced. That being said, if you are concerned about the reputation of a specific Dealer or Instructor, CLICK HERE to contact the USPPA. Take your time in locating a certified, experienced, and knowledgeable instructor. To talk to an industry expert and start your adventure today, call (209) 786-7899.