After completing training with Houston PPG, you'll be a competent & confident pilot who will be able to safely launch, pilot, and land your paramotor in the appropriate conditions and environment. Head instructor, Fabrizio Vittori, is a bilingual USPPA Certified powered paragliding pilot with years of experience flying and teaching others foot launch and wheel launch.
Training starts with kiting. Kiting the wing (or paraglider) is a crucial skill to master before you get in the air. It's like learning to fly on the ground. We take safe measures and require a lot of time getting to know the paraglider on the ground to ensure safe handling of it while in the air. Understanding the dynamics of the wing and how to control it will be thoroughly discussed and mastered throughout the training process. We all develop skills at different rates, so making sure those kiting skills are second nature before getting a motor on your back is of the highest priority to us.
Once you develop your kiting skills, you'll begin practicing with the motor on your back, but not running. This practice allows you to adjust to the added weight and gear while you still maintain control of the wing. Once comfortable, you'll practice with your motor running and learn how to use your throttle/thrust appropriately. Your first flight will be a tandem discovery flight with the instructor where you can better feel the timing and technique of launching, landing and controlling the glider in the air. Then when you're ready it will be your turn to execute your first solo flight (instructor directed)!
Below are some of the areas we will cover in your training:
Choosing the correct equipment can be very intimidating for a paramotor newcomer so Houston PPG is here to help you figure out your equipment options. There are many brands and types of wings, engines, and frames, and finding the correct combination for your size, weight, and skill level can prove to be difficult. When you come to HOU PPG, we make it easy to find the safest and sturdiest equipment for your flying needs.
We are here to help you choose what will work best for YOU. We offer high quality and reputable equipment you can purchase with training, or we can train you on your existing equipment. We also offer training with equipment rental if you're not ready to make the jump just yet.
Our true passion for this sport is in training and NOT in sales so when you come to HOU PPG, you know you can get honest insight for any questions you may have. We will gladly work within your ability and budget to get you the best and safest possible combination of wing, frame, and motor. We regularly work with some of best manufacturers of wings and motors and our preferred partners are shown but not limited to the following: