It’s time to tell the truth. As difficult as that is sometimes, deep down we all know that honesty is the best policy, and for Aviator Paramotor we feel like it’s time to come clean… a recent inquiry into the minds of our students and into the public has led us to consider a very serious matter, something that could completely reshape our industry. It’s about flight itself and why it’s really not for everyone. Because this topic keeps resurfacing we feel that it needs to be addressed, and if we don’t talk about it perhaps we’ll never truly understand the real depths of independent flight. So, in an effort to move forward here it goes… let’s talk about why flying paramotors is NOT for you.
1. IF YOU HATE BEAUTIFUL VIEWS… FLYING IS NOT FOR YOU
Like we said, now’s the time for honesty if we ever want more people to understand the true nature of the PPG sport. So, the first issue we’d like to address are the beautiful views. If you’re someone who hates gorgeous sites from a bird’s eye view, then paramotoring is not for you. If you feel blinded and overly stimulated from the vibrant glow of the rising or setting sun, with it’s pink and purple hues and radiant golden waves, you really should consider a different hobby. It’s a crying shame that prime flying windows for paramotor pilots fall right around sunrise and sunset.
Really though, why bother soaring the skies when, as a natural land dweller, you can always look up? Actually getting to be one of clouds drifting from high above seems a bit pointless when it takes less than a 90 degree angle turn of the head to see them. It’s not exactly normal to wonder what it might be like to be a bird and see the world from above either.
We know it’s also a bit of a time waster. It only takes a matter of minutes to run into the sky in order to see views that only the highest mountain peaks have to offer, but that’s minutes spent on other important things – like scrolling through your Facebook feed or starting the next episode of your latest binge. Life’s a balancing act, after all.
2. FORGET FLYING IF YOU WANT LESS STRESS IN YOUR LIFE
If you’re someone who thrives on stress, forget flying paramotors! Like most of the world, it’s probably a big part of your life, there’s no need to distract yourself with a relaxing evening of flying after work. Definitely forget soaring your cares away too, what with the irritating glow of the setting sun kissing your face as a soft breeze embraces you in flight. It’s just intrusive at times.
Finding a way to get out of the rhythm of stressing at work, stressing over family ordeals, and stressing over life would only set you back. We are creatures of habit, as you well know, and diverting from the norm means you might experience something new. You might just experience something that makes you happy for once. Tranquility is overrated, and more often than not people describe flying paramotors as one of the most serene, peaceful things they’ve ever done in this world. Definitely don’t let that ruin your life of stressing… and then stressing some more.
3. LEARNING NEW SKILLS AND BETTERING YOURSELF IS OVERRATED
Speaking of new experiences, if you’re someone who hates learning and bettering yourself, flying paramotors is not for you. Who likes adding to their knowledge base, really? Come on now, that’s for eggheads and intellectuals and no one takes them seriously. Plus only a handful them ever end up on Jeopardy anyway, and if you don’t get to meet Alex Trebek then what’s the point?
Could you learn all about wings and motors, weather and wind patterns, actually fly and spectacularly change yourself for the better? Of course you could! You could completely gain a brand new skillset, hobby, lifestyle change – joining the ranks of pilots and aviators – but that might make your life exciting. We’ve also heard that people who’ve learned to fly experienced incredible spiritual, emotional, and overall uplifting changes in their lives. But if you aren’t really interested in that sort of long-term effect, then flying isn’t for you, obviously.
4. DON’T FLY – YOU MIGHT MAKE TOO MANY FRIENDS WITH THE SAME INTERESTS
It’s another painful truth that flying paramotors attracts all sorts of people. They’re unique, interesting, and most certainly diverse. And yet, despite those differences too often people end up bonding over their completely niche love for PPG and gaining a brand new family of friends. Lots of them.
Who can keep up with that many people?
Further more, who wants to talk about their hobbies? That’s something you wait to bore all your relatives with at Thanksgiving dinner between the tryptophan induced comatose and dessert. So, you definitely don’t need a group of friends to share flying with.
Not only that, but then you start getting excited about fly-ins and hangouts, seeing your friends throughout the year at airshows, and wasting your time meeting up to fly paramotors together. It just changes your life too much. If you aren’t in the mood to add thoughtful, uplifting people to your world avoid paramotors altogether.
5. PPG ISN’T STREAMLINED ENOUGH, THERE’S TOO MUCH CHOICE IN HOW YOU FLY
How can we ever expect to broaden the sport of paramotoring when it just isn’t streamlined? A basic style of flying for everyone to follow would so much better for expanding to a larger demographic. Instead we have all kinds of pilots! We’re stuck with a huge variety of flyers.
People who enjoy leisurely cascading through the air get to fly as steadily as they want, like they were out for cruise on the town in their car… but so do people who like a bit more thrill. Have you seen those aerobatic pilots? They love flying dynamically, with speed, dexterity, and challenging themselves to reach new heights. Who needs that type of growth and versatility? Today’s modern individual like’s a streamlined pattern, and a sport that caters to some sort of imaginary individual-centric desire just isn’t going to appeal.
No one ever claimed that diversity was the spice of life.
6. TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO FLY, WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THAT?
Have you heard that men, women, and even children are able to fly paramotors? Of all shapes and sizes too. There’s just too many people suited to this sport, so if you’re looking for a place where only a select few can participate, PPG isn’t for you.
Apparently all these weight lifters and gym rats have some competition now, so if you want to fly paramotors you should get ready to meet a lot of regular people. The average Joe and Mary love flying because apparently it has nothing to with strength and everything to do with learning to work the equipment. Paramotor pilots have figured out that precise utilization of the motor and wing generate power and lift that allows you to fly, it’s nothing to do with muscle and everything to do with finesse and physics.
This just means loads of people can actually learn to fly, you don’t have to be talented or anything like that. Boring.
7. YOU MIGHT TRAVEL A LOT IF YOU START FLYING PARAMOTORS
It’s already silly enough that people fly just so they can look at beautiful sites, but it’s just ridiculous that they actually like to travel to fly too. Why waste your time and money, enriching your life, just to fly over all sorts of new, diverse landscapes and even around oceans? Isn’t the spot you have at home good enough?
This is a legitimate problem to consider, so if you’re worried you might start traveling a lot more just to fly over exciting and exotic places reconsider paramotoring. What’s wrong with your own backyard? Travel is overly glorified, let’s be real – how many people are actually interested in seeing the world, let alone new places in their own country? Most people are satisfied watching travel videos on Youtube, no one actually wants to see those places in person, let alone fly over them with a paramotor. Watching some twenty-something-year-old hipster fly his drone around is good enough.
8. GET READY TO WRECK YOUR MUNDANE SCHEDULE
If you aren’t ready to fit something that excites the soul into your lifestyle, maybe you shouldn’t fly paramotors. You’ll only wreck your mundane schedule of waking up, going to work, coming home, going to bed, and doing it all over again the next day. Instead you’ll just end up waking up a little earlier to start the morning off with a refreshing flight just before sunrise – you might even ditch your morning cup of coffee because flying is just too revitalizing of a way to start the day. After work you might start using flight as a relaxing way to unwind. And you weekends? Forget it. No longer will you find yourself wanting to sleep in only to veg out like a zombie on the sofa for the day. When the weather’s just right you’ll only waste your weekends off flying instead.
Many of us don’t like to break the habitual, hobbies are too risky, and sometimes they do things like bring you joy. Think very hard about learning to fly if you aren’t in the mood for extra happiness.
9. NEW DISCOVERIES ARE FOR THE BIRDS
We know just how much the gorgeous scenery and traveling are turnoff for a lot of people, so definitely take into consideration that paramotoring leads you to new discoveries. Not only will it take you to new places you’ve never seen before, but the bizarre thing about flying is that you discover a lot about yourself in the process. There’s plenty of time for self-reflection as you take in the beauties of the world. Many PPG pilots have attested that they discovered new strengths, as well as re-awakened old passions through the process of flight. There are even a few people that have found a brand new zeal for life in this sport. They seem to believe it’s “refreshing” or something like that.
We don’t know about you, but that type of change is a little unnecessary. Who wants to discover more about themselves? That might change your life for the better.
10. THERE’S JUST TOO MUCH FREEDOM INVOLVED IN FLYING PARAMOTORS
We’ll say it again, you’ve probably never imagined what it’s like to fly – that’s just not normal. “What is it like to be a bird?” has probably never crossed your mind. Nor have you thought things like “What if I could just soar into the sky on a whim?” or “I wonder if flying is like it is in dreams?”
It’s weird though, Paramotor pilots say flying is just like you imaged it would be. They seem to think that dreaming of flight has happened to just about everyone. Crazier still, they say it’s like being Peter Pan. You remember, right? “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning?” How Peter would fly to Neverland but also soar over trees and through city streets too? For whatever reason, these guys have imaged flying is like being a kid all over again and living out some sort of long lost dream. But what do they know? They don’t fly every chance they get or anything like that. They aren’t often spotted high above the trees sailing through the skies like the birds themselves.
Paramotor pilots experience too much freedom. Just look at them, they get to fly whenever they want, they have access to the best views, and they end up breaking away from ordinary life to enjoy happiness and make new friends.
As you can see, the actuality of flight poses a very serious issues to our PPG society. It seems that flying brings you freedom, happiness, new relationships, and challenges you to reach for more. Hopefully our efforts in exploring this sensitive topic has helped broaden your understanding on why flying paramotors is not for you, and if it has definitely don’t check out Aviator Paramotor’s training page for more information – you might fall victim to certain joys and freedoms too.