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Training FAQs

- What is the training investment?

Training can often be accomplished in approximately 10 days; however, we offer a 14-day training course, which allows for a buffer in the event of inclement weather. The 14-day training includes ground school modules, simulator training, and flight training. The cost is $3,000. A $500 deposit holds your space for training and is fully refundable up to 14 days prior to the start of training. The balance due of $2,500 is due on day 1 of training and is non-refundable. We accept cash, check, and credit card (incurs a 3.5% service fee). 

 

- Why is your training longer than most and more cost-effective?

We are aware that the weather in New England can be unpredictable, so we build in extra days for the training cycle to account for inclement weather. We are able to keep our flight training at a reasonable rate because our model is based on teaching students to fly and then having them purchase gear through us. 

- What if I damage gear in training?

You are responsible for any gear damaged during training. While it is rare, damage can include but is not limited to frame damage, propellor damage, and glider line damage. We do all we can to mitigate risk and damage; however, it does happen on occasion. 

 

- Where do you train?

We currently have relationships with: Simsbury Airport, Simsbury, CT and Myricks Airfield, Berkley, MA. We are open to train throughout the New England Region and are happy to discuss any training areas that are convenient to you. We require 4 students at each training, so we will set locations for training dates as interest dictates. 

 

- How much money should I prepare to invest in this sport?

You should be prepared to invest approximately $15,000 in this sport. The training cost is $3,000, a new motor ranges from $8,000-$10,000, a new wing is approximately $3,600, and accessories such as aviation radios, helmets, communications, and gloves range from $1,000-$1,500. Used gear may be found; however, new gear is encouraged for reliability and safety.

 

- What if I can’t make all 14 days of the training?

We recommend that you clear your schedule for as many days as possible in one training cycle. Repetition is required for skill progression. However, if you are unable to make a few days in the cycle, we will work with you to ensure you cover all the ground school modules. As a You Can Fly PPG alumni, you will also be welcome to shadow any future training (on your own gear).

If 14 days is a dealbreaker, prioritize attending one of our kiting clinics early in the season so you can practice on your own. The faster you develop good ground handling skills, the easier and faster your training progression will be. 

 

- What can I expect during training?

You can expect to spend full days at the training site for the first week of training. We focus here on ground school modules and kiting. For the second week, since the majority of Paramotor flight takes place two hours after sunrise and two hours before sunset, our training days typically start at sunrise and end at sunset, with mid-day breaks. You can expect to work/train hard during the training windows, while getting plenty of rest on breaks and inclement weather days.

 

- Do I need to be in shape to attend this training?

We recommend you have a level of physical fitness that allows you to run 50 feet with your arms overhead, while carrying approximately 60 pounds on your back. Excellent ground handlers make excellent pilots, so you can expect to spend a lot of the training running across the field (without a motor) as you learn to kite the glider. The more in shape you are, the easier training will be on your body.

 

- What can I expect after training?

After training, you will be added to the You Can Fly PPG alumni group. Inside this group, you’ll be able to network with other pilots in your area, as well as receive support as you continue to fly after training. In addition to a group chat, you are also welcome to shadow any future training (provided you have purchased your own gear), allowing you to refine your skills and increase your confidence.

 

- How do I know what gear to buy?

Since you’ll be able to fly on school gear, you’ll have some experience under your belt before purchasing. Nearing the end of training, we’ll discuss options and brands. We’ll help you make the right decision.

 

- What brands do you have a dealer agreement with?

We are affiliated with Parajet, Fly Products, Scout, Bruce Goldsmith Design (BGD wings), Ozone, Dudek, and MicroAvionics. We are happy to answer any questions you have to ensure the gear you invest in will support your flying endeavors.

 

- What costs are associated with the sport after training?

After training, you’ll want to invest in a good helmet with radio communications. Optional accessories include gloves for cold weather flying, a windsock, a ground-handling harness, a ground-handling glider, and motor maintenance equipment. We provide a comprehensive list of supplies during training so you can invest in the appropriate gear. 

 

I'M READY TO DO IT! NOW WHAT?

Awesome! We’re happy to get things rolling for you. Please complete the questionnaire by clicking the button below with your information. We will be in touch shortly thereafter to discuss your training needs, answer any questions, and determine which date/location will be most appropriate for you.

When you are ready to commit to a training date/location, there is a $500 deposit to secure your spot. The deposit is fully refundable until 14 days prior to the start of your training. The remaining balance is due on day 1 of training and is non-refundable.

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