Training the “Aviator Way”
Aviator PPG offers foot launch and trike launch powered paragliding training. We currently train about 72 students per year, and while training time varies from student to student, it generally takes 8-15 days to go from zero to hero. We work hard to ensure that students are safe and confident in their PPG skills so they can launch, maneuver and land their paramotors skillfully without assistance or challenge. Emphasis is placed on safety from the beginning, along with fully understanding the rules, regulations, physics & complexities of the sport.
What is included:
Our training includes many in-depth courses to learn the ins and outs of powered paraglider flying, maintenance, and ownership. We pride ourselves on having an extremely in-depth, industry leading syllabus! You will be taught the fundamentals of weather, glider design, airspace, federal regulations, motor maintenance, and many tricks of the trade that would take years to learn on your own.
We are one of only a few full service schools in the U.S. to offer FREE rental for ALL our state-of-the-art equipment (motors, wings, helmets, radios, water floatation, etc). We don't want you to feel pressured to buy equipment without knowing exactly what it is you want, from an educated, experience based perspective, rather than one solely based on marketing. Other schools charge an average of $2,000 just for rentals. We won't.
In order to offer a premium training experience, we have one scheduled class each month of the year. Beautiful Florida weather allows us to train year-round! Our program is tailored to each student's aptitude, but always conducted in groups, as learning with others not only makes the course a heck of a lot more fun, but also maximizes the learning opportunities for each member of the class. Course slots are limited so as there is at least one instructor to every two students. We're currently booked out far in advance so we recommend you contact us as early as possible for course availability.
If your desire is to train in the near future, please give us a call anyway because we have fantastic Aviator Alliance training partners that follow our syllabus and still have available training slots just a few weeks out. As far as your time commitment, it is important to schedule a minimum 10 day block of time for the course, but up to 15 days is even better as it allows you more time with us to reinforce and practice retention of your new skills.
Our training syllabus uses the the USPPA PPG2 course as its foundation, but with additional elements and refinement based on over 30 years of paramotor instruction by our staff and consulting partner, Eric DuFour.
Training days are packed-full with ground-handling kiting practice of various gliders, classroom work, paramotor simulator sessions, and winch tow flights to refine launch and landing technique without the complication of the motor.
By day 3 or 4, dependent upon your aptitude and weather conditions, you'll be ready for your first solo flight! Subsequent days of training include numerous flights in the mornings and evenings during which you will continue to refine the skills you need to safely and enjoyably fly on your own, as well as afternoons spent refining ground handling skills and completing the classroom syllabus.