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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.