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.