This video has inspired me to spend next week doing a 6 day paragliding course. The only downside is the school near me don't teach paramotoring.

Could I buy (and safely use/self-teach) a paramotor after learning to paraglide?

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    $\begingroup$ Are you asking about the legality of flying a paramotor after doing this course or about how safe that would be? $\endgroup$ – Bianfable Jul 18 at 18:48

It's never safe to teach oneself to fly anything. Aviation pioneers did that out of necessity, but many died or got badly hurt doing it. Training gives you the benefit of decades of hard-won experience without the underpants soiling moments and broken bones.

You are talking about going from being an inexperienced paraglider pilot to a complete novice powered paramotor pilot without the benefit of any mentoring or coaching.

It's a bad idea™

  • $\begingroup$ A friend of mine who was a private pilot SEL flew a Powered Parachute (the thing w/ a seat and wheels) w/ no training other than a few minutes of instruction from the owner. He survived. $\endgroup$ – quiet flyer Jun 4 at 14:44
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    $\begingroup$ He had instruction then @quietflyer $\endgroup$ – GdD Jun 4 at 15:01
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    $\begingroup$ True, also it was a bad idea in my opinion $\endgroup$ – quiet flyer Jun 4 at 15:02
  • $\begingroup$ I agree @quietflyer, a tandem lesson or two would have been a good idea! $\endgroup$ – GdD Jun 4 at 19:32

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