Fun Places to Fly PPG in the Eastern United States

Since we at Aviator Paramotor believe the spirit of adventure and flight go hand-in-hand, what better way to explore the Americas than by flying your paramotor over some of its spectacular landscapes? The eastern portion of the United States offers a diverse, breath-taking variety – from the beaches of Florida and other coastal states throughout the valleys and mountainous regions that wind northward, which also play host to some truly marvelous manmade wonders. There’s so much that can be experienced by pilots and adventure seekers alike. For the pursuit of flight and exploring the world around us, adventure flying is yet another side of what makes the sport of PPG all the more exciting.

So, while there are countless locations worth seeing, here’s a small list of fun places to fly PPG in the eastern United States. What could be better than experiencing your world from the skies? Hopefully these locations will inspire you to see more of the world by air, and research even more places to adventure fly!

SOAR VALLEYS AND GORGES WITH YOUR PARAMOTOR

Of course there are several valleys and gorges that would be well worth your time, however here are two unique places that are spectacular from the ground – so we know they’re gorgeous from above: The Tunkhannock Viaduct/Nicholson Bridge in Nicholson, Pennsylvania, and the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia.

The Nicholson Bridge spans well over 2,000 feet, and hosts 12 massive concrete, steel-enforced arches that tower mightily over a forest of trees below. Constructed between 1912-1915, this segment of the Norfolk Southern Railway Sunbury Line makes for a gorgeous place to fly over.

New River Gorge Bridge, a 1970s constructed steel marvel, sits amidst the Appalachian Mountain Range. Overlooking the New River at 876 feet, it is classified as one of the highest vehicular bridges in the world – and promises some stunning views!

New River Gorge Bridge/Ashley Knedler via Unsplash

FOLLOW THE EASTERN MOUNTAIN RANGES FLYING

The Appalachians, one of the eastern United States’ most famous mountain ranges, run all the way from Georgia to the tip of the country in Maine. While it challenges thousands of hikers annually, it also promises spectacular views for pilots. Not only that but it also hosts a smaller province known as the Blue Ridge Mountains which run 550 miles southwest from southern Pennsylvania through Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia.

Blue Ridge Mountains/Wes Hicks via Unsplash

There are countless places along this range for PPG pilots to explore. Whether you want to tackle the whole of the mountain ranges, or simply visit what’s closest to you, there’s a massive range of possibilities (no pun intended).

Please note that mountain flying is recommended for more experienced pilots because of the dangers they pose.

SEE WINDING RIVERS BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH FROM THE SKY

There are several bodies of water that warrant a bird’s eye view, however two locations you could consider flying your paramotor over are the Hudson River, which runs through New York, and the Tennessee River, which I’m sure you know, runs through Tennessee. Both of these rivers offer beyond beautiful views.

The Hudson River, which originates in the Adirondack Mountains flows north to south for over 300 miles across the state of New York, and encompasses a diversity of landscapes, waterfalls, and more to thrill the senses.

The Tennessee River is the biggest tributary of the Ohio River and actually rolls southward into Alabama treading about 652 miles. Flying by paramotor over the river promises views of mountainous regions, valleys, and other lovely landscapes as it steadily winds its way between the evergreens and hardwoods of the two states.

Tennessee River at Signal Mountain/Zeke Tucker via Unsplash

PPG THE COASTLANDS AND OUTER BANKS OF NORTH CAROLINA

The eastern coast, winding from the tips of Florida to Maine and hugged by the Atlantic, promise location after location for beach flights and swampland overviews. But, in thinking about where flight originated, consider taking a trip to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and soar its surrounding Outer Banks. We couldn’t think of a better way to pay tribute to the Wright Brothers – two of our patron saints of flight – than by making a pilgrimage to where it all began.

Outer Banks/Timothy Klingler via Unsplash

The Outer Banks, which sit on a thin sliver of land at the most outward edge of North Carolina in Currituck County promise beautiful sunset views and ocean breezes, plus there’s that added adventurous spirit still resident from the envisioned Orville and Wilbur.

Of course, be sure to take into account added safety precautions because of the nature of flying near strong bodies of water like oceans.

HAVE FUN, EXPLORE, FLY PARAMOTORS EVEN MORE

Endeavoring to go where few have gone before is a part of what makes flying paramotors special. Adventure flights at locations both familiar and unique open up your world all the more because of the perspective they bring. Only remember to stay safe, consider each location for what it is and how you should approach flying around it, and get ready to have the time of your life. Do your due diligence and seek out the proper, legal places to launch, land, and fly around and you’ll have a sincerely full, rich experience.

Take advantage of being able to fly, to see the world in a way most people never will, grab your paramotor, and go – we’ll can’t wait to see you in the skies!

For more traveling fun, check Aviator Paramotor’s Youtube channel Aviator Show for more adventure flights in the U.S. and abroad.

Why Kiting is the Foundation of PPG, Plus Practical Kiting Tips

While a lot of components are involved in learning to fly a powered paraglider, kiting is the foundation of the sport. Honing in those crucial ground handling skills is undoubtedly one of the biggest keys to finding success. This means spending a significant amount of time learning how to kite is in order, not only that, but even when you’ve successfully learned how to fly your paramotor continuing to kite and keep those needed ground handling skills proficient is truly one of the biggest secrets to becoming an excellent pilot. Ask any of the professionals, they’ll tell you time and again to kite, kite, and then kite some more, because that’s exactly what they do to stay sharp and progress further in the sport.

As we mentioned, ground handling is the foundation, and only one of the first steps in learning to fly – so much more is involved in PPG – but mastering kiting is a must. That being said, get training to fly a paramotor. Just because you’ve learned how to kite, and kite well, does not negate actual instruction from a professional. Whether you’re training with us at Aviator Paramotor or someone else, definitely seek out help. The black truth is that paramotoring without instruction could kill you, but when properly trained it has the potential to be one of the greatest experiences of your life. Don’t take training for granted.

Keep reading to learn more about why kiting is the foundation of PPG with the following practical tips.

YOUR MENTAL STATE AND ATTITUDE ARE EVERYTHING

Just like with flying, your mental state and attitude start on the ground. Having this type of awareness is crucial – paramotoring is most certainly a mental game. Kiting is no exception. Not only for your safety, but also for the safety of others. Understanding where you stand mentally and emotionally is a complete game changer. 

Are you in good spirits, ready to seize the day and take on new challenges? Are you comfortable practicing kiting with a positive attitude? Then go kite!

Or, are you feeling a bit out of? Not quite yourself, possibly angry, sad, or upset for some reason? If so, then consider waiting until you feel more like yourself.

When you aren’t in the right headspace it means your reasoning and rational are hindered, which also means you could make some truly poor decisions. Those poor decisions could lead to mistakes, both big and small. You could damage your gear and ultimately endanger yourself and others.

For flying, and yes, even ground handling, one of the biggest tips for success is knowing yourself well enough to say, “you know what, I’m not okay right now, I shouldn’t be doing this.” Take a step back, regroup, and try again later – there’s no shame in taking this type of precaution.

We’ll explain further why having a positive headspace is important as you continue to read.

LET THE WING LEAD YOU, IT’S ABOUT FEELING AND INNATENESS

With kiting it’s going to come down to practicing, practicing, and, oh yeah, practicing even more. In doing so you familiarize yourself with the wing. While you’re in control, let the wing lead you. The art of ground handling is allowing yourself to feel the wing’s subtle tugs, and then maneuvering yourself accordingly to keep it steadily overhead. Don’t fight to pull the glider where you want it to go, but instead cultivate the needed skills to shift it naturally, letting the wing do the heavy lifting.

It sounds a bit strange, but “becoming one” with your glider is yet another crucial key to success. Treat the wing as you would a dance partner and move with it. Developing an innate sense of how your wing moves is the ultimate secret to successful ground handling.

The more you pursue this skill, the more it will become second nature to you, and before long you’ll be able to predict which way your wing will move according to your own steps, along with the wind and its movements. As you begin to master kiting, you’ll learn how to direct and redirect the wing as needed and with certain ease.

FIND A SAFE LOCATION TO PRACTICE

As always, safety is key in the sport of PPG, and most certainly in kiting. When it comes to actually practicing, picking a prime location is important. You’ll want to find as much open space as possible to lessen the likelihood of an accident, not to mention you’ll want a lot of room to run and, no pun intended, spread your wings for that practice. Avoid areas that have a lot of trees, bushes, and the like. If you’re in a city, avoid overly crowded places, and search out as open a space as you can possibly find. Perhaps you’re able to use a local ball field, if so, check to see if its overly crowded with bleachers, power lines, and other obstructions.

Also consider things like, is there a road nearby? What are the odds your glider might fall into it and cause an accident? Are there too many people around? Maybe your huge wing will make them nervous. 

Possible good locations could be your local municipal airport. Because that’s considered public, you technically have the right to fly there (although it’s best to build up good relationships and ask for permission), and people EXPECT to see things flying around. You can also use available space there for kiting. Also look for wide open fields and other clear spaces.

Because we want to further the sport of PPG, always consider your surroundings and how it may effect the people around you too. Doing our part to keep up a positive reputation is important.

This is also where having a clear head is crucial, because if you’re upset or simply feeling off, you’re likelihood of making good decisions has decreased significantly. Anything could happen, which is why having a good attitude and knowing you’re in the right headspace is non-negotiable. You might hit a power line or end up in the road because you thought you could “handle” the space you’re in, even though you weren’t feeling 100%.

ALWAYS CONSIDER WIND AND WEATHER CONDITIONS

While its true that in times when it’s unsafe to fly a paramotor you can still kite, even then there are still limits depending on your level of expertise. So, learning about weather and wind patterns is a huge key to successful ground handling.

Maybe you have a nice, long field to practice in, but it’s lined with trees on the shorter sides. If the wind is blowing/gusting toward the trees that long field won’t do you much good.

On top of knowing which way the wind is blowing, also knowing just how strong it is, and how strong it’s gusting could also mean avoiding some serious injuries. The gust factor is often more crucial than just the steady state wind. A strong unexpected gust has the potential to cause harm.

Make note of additional rotor or mechanical turbulence – that is the air that rolls over any objects surrounding you like trees, buildings, power poles, etc. That turbulence will also affect you adversely, it could knock you into things or send you sailing in directions you don’t intend, which could also lead to accident or injury.

Crafting a certain forte for forecasting is integral to the sport of PPG. Looking at not only the immediate weather – in the time frame you wish to kite in – is important, but so is the forecast for the rest of the day. Bad weather could strike out of no where, or even arrive earlier than expected, so being conscientious and possibly deciding not to kite on a day where rougher conditions are forecasted is smart.

Again, having that clear headspace is also important. Make sure you’re kiting in conditions you’re able to handle. Listen to your gut, if something feels off or wrong, always choose to wait until situations improve.

While so much more could be said about the importance of kiting, the how-tos, and mechanics involved, hopefully this has inspired you. Maybe it’s kindled an even bigger fire to pursue paramotoring. It’s a truly intricate, demanding sport, but mastering the art form of this type of flight is beyond rewarding for those willing. It’s suited to all types of people, from all walks of life, and the possibilities for exploration are endless. You simply have to build it from the ground up.

Powerfloats – Don’t Fly Without This Safety Device!

Aside from a reserve parachute, if there’s one other safety accessory that we can’t recommend enough it’s the Powerfloat. Just as the name gives away, the Powerfloat is a floatation device specifically crafted for paramotors, ultra lights, hang gliders, and other similar aircraft. Statistically, water presents a paramotor pilot with their deadliest threat. Many might think that ground crashes are higher, but it is actually water-related incidents that are the culprit. It’s important to understand that it is deceptively hard to free yourself from lines, soaking harnesses, and heavy metal components, all in the chaos of an unintended landing.

While you might be thinking, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll never fly over water,’ think again – like moths to a flame, the draw to fly over bodies of water is a natural desire experienced by most pilots. Even if it’s a small winding creek or pond, there’s something about water that entices the senses and almost unnoticeably pulls people in. There’s nothing wrong with it, on the contrary, flying over water is gorgeous and a unique experience in and of itself, but that being said, having this floatation apparatus secured to your paramotor is the safest way to proceed as well as get the most out of those flights.

Powerfloats – don’t fly without this safety device – because it could mean the difference between life and death. It’s a hard truth, but regarding safety, especially in the PPG sport, is the best way to go. Having that added security only enhances flight and lends to enjoyment because you’re actively working to avoid disaster. Being prepared, is undoubtedly, a good thing.

SPECS AND HOW POWERFLOATS WORK

The Powerfloats offered through Aviator come in three different varieties: the Powerfloat 2BeSure (Twin System), 2BeSure XL (Twin System), and in a U-Shape. The 2BeSure models come in a two pack that mount on either side of you and deploy outward, with the XL size having a slightly longer width. The U-Shape comes in the form of a modified u-shaped vest specifically outfitted for a paramotor, making it larger than a normal floatation vest. 

This device is intentionally designed to be lightweight and as unobtrusive as possible, and provides you with a massive element of safety when flying over water.

Powerfloats are additionally crafted to automatically deploy via a Co2 cartridge, as they are triggered upon immersion into water. Because of the auto-activation feature, it allows you crucial time to free yourself from your wing and harness and swim to safety. It’s no underestimation that Powerfloasts are a critical and lifesaving instrument for anyone who goes near water, as many of us do.

Something else to understand about Powerfloats is that these devices also have a five-year working life, and should be replaced within the time frame for safety, along with the Co2 package that activates the inflation. Exposure to moisture in the air affects the package, so it’s also suggested that these pieces be replaced annually if not sooner, depending on the area in which you live and fly.

HOW TO MOUNT POWERFLOATS ONTO YOUR PARAMOTOR

Powerfloats are designed to be mounted to your paramotor in two different ways, so be sure to see our video for more an in-depth tutorial on how to do this properly.

The preferred method at Aviator is attaching a float onto either side of your harness – specifically onto each harness strap that goes over the shoulders. When you mount your floats, the float straps should be looser than the shoulder straps of the harness. If the float straps or too tight, they’ll end up carrying the weight of the paramotor, which could lead to tearing of the float’s holding case. Overall, this does not affect safety, but unnecessary wear and tear should be avoided.

The second option is that you can also mount the floats on either side of the frame, in much the same manner. The downside to this method however, is that it positions the floats slightly lower, meaning they’ll inflate more around your chest area. In attaching the floats onto the harness straps, they’re positioned closer to the head and should better keep your head above water in the event of an accident.

While both methods are proven, definitely take into consideration the different positioning and how it might help you should an emergency ever arise. 

SAFETY ENHANCES FLYING EXPERIENCES

We can’t emphasize this enough, fear not! Again, as our other safety-centric blogs have highlighted, arming yourself with knowledge, skills, and the proper equipment make all the difference – in safety, most certainly, but also in the overall flying experience. Having an awareness of all possible dangers is simply a part of PPG, and for your own edification.

So, on the one hand, being prepared could legitimately mean the difference in life and death, but on the flip side that preparedness also means you have peace of mind. You aren’t weighed down by “what ifs” or fears, but instead you’re perfectly prepared to react should dangers arise. When you have that type of security, flying paramotors becomes that much more enjoyable because you’ve eliminated certain fears. Soar freely knowing you’re safe.

Of course, this is a principle applied to many different areas in life, making it all the more truthful. So, again, fear not, and simply prepare yourself for all circumstance, continue to pursue flight, and love parmotoring all the more.

The Perks of Flying a Paramotor Trike

Once again the PPG sport has shown us just how flexible and adaptable it is to people of all shapes, sizes, and physical capabilities thanks to the beautiful invention of the trike. Just as the name depicts, the trike sits on three wheels, with the paramotor being mounted on the back and a seat situated just in the center. What this apparatus has to offer pilots is outstanding – the perks of flying a paramotor trike not only allow for less wear on the body, but it opens up a whole new world of exciting challenges because of the unique set of skills it requires for operation. 

We’ve outlined a whole list or reasons why we at Aviator Paramotor love it, so enjoy our thoughts on the perks of flying a paramotor trike.

FLYING A TRIKE IS LESS STRESSFUL TO THE BODY

While traditional foot launching has it’s own set of thrills and wonderful challenges, it’s undoubtedly taxing on the body, especially in the beginning stages of learning. You’re expected to run on average with 50+ pounds on your back in the launching process, so obviously the heavy load is wearing to the knees, groin area, and back. Not to mention, it overall fatigues the body until you reach more intermediate/expert levels in your skillset, and even then the normal wear involved in the sport just comes with the territory. Here’s where a trike might be a better option for you.

We love flying paramotors because it quite literally is for a diversity of physical capabilities and body types – add in a trike and even more people are able to fly! One of the greatest perks of flying a paramotor trike is the fact that it eliminates extra stress on the body because you no longer carry the paramotor on your back, instead you sit and let the trike do the work for you. Now you can roll into the sky without any additional strains.

So, if you’ve long dreamed of flying, but maybe have concerns over your on physical abilities, consider learning to fly a trike.

FLYING A TRIKE IS A SPECIAL, UNIQUE SKILLSET TO DEVELOP

Now that you’ve removed the physicality of foot launching, the game is learning the mechanics of operating a trike – which is a very specific skillset that takes time to develop. Our recommendation is to get thorough training for this to optimize your experience, enjoyment, and success. After all, as humans we naturally grow because of things that challenge us.

So, of course, learning the proper skills to operate a trike is focal, but once you do your whole world is opened up to new experiences. Of new ways to take on the skies. Think about it, you’re quite literally driving into the sky. What could be more exciting? It’s all about developing those crucial skills to be successful, which in and of itself is a stimulating challenge. Don’t underestimate this unique skillset and how richly it can alter you as an individual and as a pilot.

Just be patient, take your time, and fully immerse yourself into the learning process. Trust us, the reward that mastering the trike brings is worth it.

NO TO LOW WIND IS NO PROBLEM

Let’s talk about launching, when it comes to getting off the ground the trike is your new best friend on those low wind days. Paramotor pilots understand that those no to low wind days make for some of the most gorgeously smooth flying conditions, but the catch is that launching can be quite a difficult task. It’s a hard tradeoff, but successfully launching means you get to soar through some seriously coveted, prime flying weather.

The perk of flying a trike, again, means it does the physically hard work for you. In this instance, where you’re have to more actively work to launch in low wind conditions on foot (which typically means you have to run, run, run, and then run some more!), the trike is going to better utilize the power produced by the motor. The trike freely rolls you forward, giving you the forward momentum needed to generate lift with that power from the motor coupled the wing inflating overhead, which is something that’s tiring to accomplish when running and with no wind to help you out in the process. This is also where having the proper skills needed to successfully use a trike is crucial.

But for many, not having to sweat for a launch is a God send, and another reason to consider learning to trike.

FOR FOOT LAUNCHERS, IT’S A WELCOMED CHALLENGE

Maybe you’re already well-acquainted with paramotors. Perhaps you started out foot launching, and you’ve grown a lot as a pilot. If you’re looking for a new skill to add to your arsenal, or even if you’re just trying to find more ways to make flying paramotors exciting, consider learning to trike.

If you’re already on the inside of the wonderful world of PPG, expanding your skillset is an excellent way to deepen your love for the sport. Deepen your knowledge base as we already mentioned, sharpen your existing skills, and learn new means of flying too! Another perk of flying a paramotor trike is that it opens up a whole other side to PPG. So, get a new perspective and love flying all the more.

TRIKES ARE INCREDIBLE FOR TANDEM FLIGHTS

Again, while this is directed to seasoned pilots, yet another perk of flying a paramotor trike is the joyous challenge of learning to tandem. After you reach a certain level in flying a trike, and you feel you want to up your skills, you can still go further with tandem flights.

While it’s a big step in not only being responsible for your own life in flying, but the life of someone else, the overwhelming happiness of getting to share flight with others is nearly inexplainable. Truly, there’s nothing quite like that feeling, which lends itself to being one of the ultimate perks of flying a paramotor trike. Seriously, if you know someone who’s reached this level as a pilot, ask them about it sometime.

That brings us to the end of our list, however these are just some of our favorite reasons to fly a paramotor trike. We could go on and on about why we love this particular outlet. Hopefully it’s inspired you to pursue flight all the more. Paramotoring is a diverse, special sport, don’t rule yourself out of experiencing flight until you’ve researched all the options there are, because you my friend can soar through the skies with the rest of them if you’re willing to make the leap.

Will Flying Ever Get Old? Here are Five Ways to Keep Flying Paramotors Exciting

Arguably, the majority of people that explore the world of powered paragliding fall in love with it quickly. Whether it’s the peacefulness of the skies, the range of dynamics in flight, or simply the amazement of superhumanly flying all on your own, it’s clear that there’s more than one reason people can’t get enough of flying paramotors. Excitement is a given in PPG. However with that being said, some of those still researching the sport have asked a wonderful, thought-provoking question, “Will flying every get old?” 

Is it really all it’s cracked up to be, and is this something I’ll seriously continue to do after I’ve completed my training? And, if this is something I want to continue to doing, how do I keep the desire to fly fresh?

To that, all we have to say is, do it – just try flying. Until you do, you’ll never know how incredible it really is. But, we’re all different, we get it. There is a small percentage of people out there who need more to keep the spark alive. It’s all good, folks, we’ve got you covered!

Will flying ever get old? Here are five ways to keep flying paramotors exciting.

(In case you’re the type that really likes to do there research, here are 10 Reason Why Flying Paramotors Is NOT For You too)

FIND PEOPLE TO FLY WITH; MAKE FRIENDS!

Like we said, we get it – we’re all unique, and for those of us who are a little more social, we need interaction to stay interested. Sometimes we aren’t good with hobbies based on the individual, but rather we want to share our interests with others who enjoy the same things we do. You’re in luck! Flying paramotors fits both of these personality types. Not only can you fly solo, but there’s an incredible, somewhat hidden world of PPG enthusiasts out there – and just a head’s up, they’re pretty friendly too!

Not only can you search the web to find sites highlighting the sport of paramotoring, but there are countless social media groups open to those interesting in flying with friends. There’s groups for beginners, there’s groups for adventure flying, there’s even groups for bargains and trades. Just hit up Facebook and see what you get with the keywords “Paramotor,” “PPG,” and “Powered Paragliding.” You can even scour the comments on your favorite Youtube PPG videos, there’s always fellow flying spirits lurking about the threads.

Seriously, because flying paramotors is such a uniquely different interest, more often than not you’ll be able to find friends who are eager to add someone new to their flying circles!

SHAKE THINGS UP WITH TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE FLIGHTS

With flying paramotors the sky’s not even the limit! In fact, us pilots view it as the road to bigger and better explorations. Imagine soaring high above soaking in everything from a coveted bird’s eye view, that in and of itself is incredible. Who else gets to see the world from that perspective? But if flying around the same ol’ spot you always do is getting old, why not shake things up a big? Venture outside of your own backyard and start researching for new places you’d like to fly, it might be the just reminder that you need of how amazing flying really is.

Fancy seeing the United States in a whole new fashion? Pack up the paramotor and go! Other countries aren’t even out of bounds, as Aviator and many of our friends have adventure flown Costa Rica, country after country in Europe, and many other destinations. 

See more of our feelings on traveling and the spirit of adventure here.

It’s a well-kept secret among pilots that flying gives you access to portions of the world often barricaded via ground travel, so of course it gives you a unique way to see the world and very often you make new friends along the way. Flying new places genuinely births a renewed excitement and vigor inside of you. So, if you’re feeling a bit bored with flying around the airport at home, maybe a road trip is in order. 

PUSH YOURSELF TO GO FURTHER

Once you’re well-acquainted with flying, and you’re looking for more than casual flight, don’t be afraid to push yourself to go further. There’s so many different ways to make flying exciting – ways that suit your unique personality and style preferences too. Seek out additional training for even richer flight experiences.

For instance, if foot launching has become old hat, try learning to operate a trike.

Have you racked up a surmountable number of flight hours? Maybe it’s time to share flight with others and learn to fly tandem.

Or if you’ve gathered a lot of experience, take your proficiency to the next level and seek additional training – try taking a Simulated Incident in Flight (SIV) course. 

Are you confident in tackling more turbulent conditions? Perhaps learning the art of thermaling is next on your list. 

And for those that need to satiate that drive for excitement and adrenaline, start learning more about dynamic flight. Begin dipping your toes into the world of aerobatics!

Seriously, there’s so much to be explored through the sport of PPG. There’s plenty of room to challenge yourself and keep flying exciting.

TRY SOME NEW EQUIPMENT

Take it from the experts, experienced paramotor pilots will tell that trying new equipment makes the sport feel brand new again. Every time you try a new glider or motor you open up the door or exploration. Dive into breaking down the subtleties between each new wing you fly. Feel the variances of strength and power from motor to motor. Even trying out new strobes, helmets and communication pieces, cameras, and adds to the excitement of flying.

You won’t be disappointed at furthering your knowledge base of flight and equipment in this hands-on way.

For an in-depth breakdown of the many different types of wings and how they affect flight, check out our article here.

GO WHERE THE PILOTS AND ENTHUSIAST ARE

As we said, go get you some flying friends! If you’re hitting dead ends online, here’s another way to not only find friends, but to surround yourself with aviation lovers: go to fly-ins and airshows. There are countless aviation-centered gatherings held around the world throughout the year. What better way to soak in some energetic skyward vibes than by jumping into a collection of pilots and air enthusiasts?

In the United States there are PPG specific fly-ins, along with other aviation-related events, including (but not limited to): The Palm Bay Fly-In and  The Sun n Fun Aerospace Expo in Florida; the Bad Apples/Hodges Field PPG Fly-In in Georgia; the Lycoming Balloon Festival in Pennsylvania; and one of the largest aviation and airshow events, Airventure Oshkosh in Wisconsin.

Of course, check out your local areas for other events, whether its PPG related, another balloon festivals, or a general aviation even, there are sure to be like-minded people in love with flying that might lend to your own enthusiasm.

So, will flying ever get old? Perhaps that’s up to you, however it doesn’t change the fact that there is more than one way to enjoy the world of paramotoring. Don’t be afraid to try flying, to make new friends, and to find places that support the wonderful experiences that the sport naturally brings.

The Spirit of Adventure and Flight Go Hand in Hand

The spirit of adventure is something that ensnares us all. Chasing the unknown, daring to explore places unchartered by ourselves. It’s a desire that’s fueled mankind since the dawning of time. And for the world of paramotoring the spirit of adventure and flight go hand in hand. Now you can soar the skies, go where few men are able, and let the winds direct your path into adventure from a whole new perspective. 

We all have dreams of flight and exploration, and now the sky’s not even the limit – it’s the road to more. Some may enjoy the bird’s eye view of their own backyard, others explore their home states, while even more cover the diverse spans of the nation. Even overseas travel and flight has inspired many a pilot to pursue adventure. It’s a well-kept secret that flying gives you access to portions of the world often barricaded via ground travel, it gives you a unique way to see the world, and very often you make new friends along the way. 

So, let us ask you, where is your dream flight? What destinations do you long to explore with your paramotor? The world is your oyster, and PPG is the pearl! Below we’ve highlighted some of Aviator’s own adventures as well as the adventures of our friends. 

Are you ready to fly? This is just a start. We live in a world of limitless possibilities!

SEE ALL 50 STATES LIKE NEVER BEFORE PARAMOTORING

With the vast and diverse landscapes that the United States has to offer, it’s a treasure trove for pilots and explorers alike. From deserts and canyons to meadows and streams, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, beaches low and mountains high, all 50 states promise unique, breathtaking views. Undoubtedly for U.S. pilots, getting to travel with the purpose of flying paramotors is a huge draw to the sport. Who wouldn’t want to experience the country from up high, like never before?

One of our favorite examples of a spirited adventurer is Aviator’s dear friend Harley Milne, founder of the 50 x Challenge, who has inspired us all to travel North America more. Harley’s dream was to see all 50 states of America after he immigrated many years ago, so when the idea came to him to FLY all 50 states something instantly clicked. In crafting the 50 x Challenge, Harley steadily checked of each state, while also earned money for charity in the process. Not only has he grown as a pilot, but Harley heartily affirms that “the world really is my oyster,” and adventure flying the U.S. has been nothing short of amazing.

Check out some of Harley’s Adventure Here:

FLY PARAMOTORS AND SEE PLACES YOU COULDN’T NORMALLY SEE FROM THE GROUND

Whether you’re in the U.S. or traveling overseas, one thing’s for certain, and that’s flying paramotors allows you to explore places you wouldn’t be able to otherwise. While hiking and driving along scenic places is always a draw, those outlets often have limits. To point out the obvious, there are trails to follow and barriers in places that limit exploration. The draw to adventure flying, regulations permitting, is that you’ve freed yourself from the roadblocks in taking to the skies.

As Aviator’s most famous alumni Tucker Gott showcased in his Icelandic adventure series, almost nowhere was inaccessible from the skies. From deep ravines to cascading falls, where walking left him at a distant viewpoint, flying allowed him to see a portion of the world that’s seldom trekked by man. Once again proving that the spirit of adventure and flight open doors to the world often lost because of physical barriers. Inspired yet?

EMBRACE NEW FRIENDS AND CULTURES THROUGH FLYING PARAMOTORS

Today you can now find people who fly all over the world. Pilots of all nationalities are soaring the beaches of Vietnam, sailing over cityscapes in Istanbul, and even exploring natural wonders little inhabited by humans. While regulations vary from country to country, we at Aviator have had our share of adventures in Costa Rica, Jamaica, portions of Europe, and across the United States, along with many other locations.

Check out some of our adventures with our Costa Rican friends:

Flying the world definitely has it’s draw, to say the least. Not only do people enrich their lives by exploring new lands, but they often make a whole slew of friends along the way. Paramotoring other countries opens up the doors to many, many new adventures all the while giving you a unique way to immerse yourself in the cultures at hand. Because, more than likely you’re doing more than fly when you travel, but you’re also mingling with the locals and soaking in as much of the sites as you can along the way. 

What better way to embrace the world than through flight? We couldn’t imagine a more in-depth, immersive, transformative outlet to experience travel. What might begin as a singular endeavor can turn into so much more as you see new places, make new friends, experience new cultures, and ultimately create a life of exploration – all from the completely unique perspective of flight. The spirit of adventure is undoubtedly tethered to flying, just as flying is tethered to the heart’s desire for exploration.

So, we’ll ask you again, are you ready to fly all of those places for yourself? Let the spirit or adventure and flight inspire you, and we’ll see you in the skies.