Specifically, Aviator PPG offers foot launch paragliding training. We currently train nearly 300 students per year, and while training time varies from student to student, it generally takes 8-14 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.
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.
We currently have two full time classrooms at our Lake Wales airport location. We also offer yearly travel classes during our summer months.
Our full time paramotor school is in central Florida, Lake Wales (airport code X07). We offer a beautiful training environment, generally excellent weather, and full service training.
Here, we have the original “Red Barn” schoolhouse, our North Complex hangar the home of our shipping and fulfillment center and hundreds of acres of flying fields.
In order to offer a premium training experience, we schedule our classes in both of our rooms, to serve your needs in 14-day blocks. 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 for every two students. We generally have training space available within 90-120 days.
Our training syllabus uses the USPPA PPG2 course as its foundation, but with additional elements and refinement based on over 60 years of paramotor instruction by our staff.
Training days are packed-full with ground-handling kiting practice of various gliders, classroom work, paramotor simulator sessions, and tow winch 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.
Many times students underestimate the physical work of training. Early mornings and long days for the duration of the course are the norm. It’s a fast paced, building block style training: Plan for a full 14 days as paramotor is a 100% weather dependent sport. (We need to build in time for weather delays). We only have you for 2 weeks, Be prepared to sweat, come conditioned for running and working outside for most of the training.
To be upfront, our pace and long hours can be daunting for the sedentary, or those that do not exercise regularly. We are not saying it is impossible, only that our program requires a level of sustained fitness throughout the 14 days. Each day you are taught a new skill that culminates into flight. The students that do come through that are not physically where they need to be have a much more difficult time.
What you often don’t see is the exhaustion, pulled muscles, knee injuries etc. Use your goal of flight to get yourself as physically fit as possible to get the most out of our program. We want to encourage you, If you’re excited about flight, do not put this off.