Educational by Chapter of the Powered Paragliding Bible

I: First Flight

01 Training Process

02 Gearing Up

03 Handling the Wing

04 Prep For 1st Flight

05 The Flight

06 Flying With Wheels 

II: Spreading Wings

07 Weather Basics

08 The Law

09 Airspace   

10 Flying Anywhere

11 Controlled Airports

12 Setup & Mx

13 Flying Cross Country

14 Flying With Others

III: Mastery

15 Adv Ground Handling

16 Precision Flying

17 Challenging Sites

18 Advanced Maneuvers

19 Risk Management

20 Competition

21 Free Flight Transition

IV: Theory

22 Aerodynamics

23 Motor & Propeller

24 Weather & Wind

25 Roots: Our History

V: Choosing Gear

26 The Wing

27 The Motor Unit

28 Accessories

29 Home Building

VI: Getting the Most

30 Other Uses

31 Traveling With Gear

32 Photography

--- Not in book ---

33 Organizing Fly-Ins

34 Places To Fly

35 Preserving the Sport

36 Tandem

Chapter 34: Cool Places To Fly (Not In Book)

Jan 15, 2007 | Section VI: Getting the Most Out of PPG, Site Reviews & Legalities

NY, Syracuse  FL, Cypress  OH, Millertime  CA Glammis  NM Albuquerque  AZ Phoenix Idaho

See 2007 National Convention and Competition

See also: Challenging Sites

This is a web-only Chapter and will be updated as new material becomes appropriate. It has a ways to go as I and other contributors have flown hundreds of sites around the country. We will gradually add them here. If you have an addition that you would like to make, please send it here to contact.

Foot launching makes flight possible in places where other no other aircraft could even dream of flying. Given appropriate skill, even curvy roads are possible to launch from. Such variety comes with a price in risk, though, since unimproved surfaces can lead footsteps astray.

Flying a new site means responsibility, too. Don't ruin it for the next guy or the locals by flying around houses or anywhere else that people or their animals reside. Always be seen as something cool to watch rather than an annoyance. 

This chapter doesn't exist in the book because of its fleeting nature. Sites are painlessly easy for landowners to yank from our graspóall the more reason to handle with care. I've watched numerous beach sites disappear over the years when pilots carelessly annoyed the locals until the locals got them banned. 

Other Countries and Legalities

Flying paramotors in other countries requires some knowledge of their rules. Many countries don't have any specific rules addressing paramotors which means it falls under the existing aircraft rules. That almost always means that it is an aircraft and must be certified, have a registration number, and flown by appropriately certified pilots. But given that there is no certification program for paramotors, doing so is impossible. Mexico, for example, is like this.

In countries that don't recognize PPG it is usually tolerated provided the pilot doesn't cause problems. Mexico, Russia, Iran and many other smaller or less developed countries are like this.

Here's a list of some countries. Aviation rules/law by country. In many countries, foot launched craft are largely unregulated while wheeled PPG's fall under more stringent rules.


Check your country's rules before flying!

Country PPG Falls Under Pilot & Craft Certification

as of 12/26/2009

FAA Part 103, (Federal Aviation Regulation)

considered an ultralight

No pilot license required

No Paramotor certification or registration required



as of 12/26/2009

CAA (Canadian Aviation Regulation)

considered a basic ultra-light aeroplane

Pilot requires license required

Paramotor registration required


as of 12/26/2009

Not specifically addressed

Exceptions allowed through Aeroclubs

Pilot requires club membership

No Paramotor certification or registration required


as of 08/27/2016

JAR (Joint Aviation Authorities)

considered a microlight but each country has its own rules.

Pilot requires license in most countries.
Medical Certification required in at least one country.

Paramotor requires registration in most countries for both wheel and foot launch units.


as of 08/27/2016

JAR (Joint Aviation Authorities)

National rules prohibit paramotor

National Rules Prohibit Paramotor Flying

Electric paramotor may be allowed.

United Kingdom   Pilot requires ultralight license for wheels but not foot launch.

Paramotor may require registration if on wheels.

Mexico Not specifically addressed Technically may be illegal
Russia Not specifically addressed Technically may be illegal


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