If you have completed your training, you are ready to begin paramotoring on your own!
This is an exciting phase in the paramotoring experience, but one that should be
handled with caution. Especially as a beginner, you don’t want to overspend on
equipment that you might not need.
If you haven’t completed your training, you should hold off on buying equipment until
you are confident that paramotoring is something that you love to do. Training is so
essential because you will learn everything you need to know about the paramotor itself
and how to safely operate one. Operating a paramotor without training could result in a
dangerous situation, so go to flight school before buying all of the equipment.
Paramotoring can be very expensive, even for beginners who want to buy used
equipment. Some people estimate that the total cost of paramotoring, including all of
the necessary equipment and training, tallies to a cost of $14,000! That’s a hefty price tag! But
let’s delve into the nuts and bolts of the cost of paramotoring together!
It gets as cheap or expensive as you want it!
Just like any other sport, you can set a budget and make it a point to stick to it. As long
as you’re able to devote some of your money to the sport, you should be able to purchase
all of the necessary equipment without sacrificing much.
Odds are that you don’t want to spend tons of money on paramotoring, especially if you
pursue this sport as a hobby. And that’s not a bad decision because if you’re
paramotoring for fun, you don’t absolutely need the newest and most technologically
advanced equipment on the market.
Paramotoring on a budget
The cheapest and most efficient way to buy paramotoring equipment is to navigate
to sites like eBay, or even to Facebook pages. At these virtual marketplaces, you will
find people that are selling new and used paramotoring equipment at low prices.
There are even Facebook groups that are solely devoted to the buying and selling of
paramotors and the necessary equipment.
But there are some risks and drawbacks to this method of purchasing equipment.
Many people warn about buying cheap paramotor kits because of the dangers that
can be associated with them. The painful truth is that used equipment, though
boasting cheaper prices, is not completely safe. But that’s not to say that you
cannot purchase used equipment that is safe and ready for use.
When looking at used paramotors online, you should look for the option to go take
a look at the paramotor before purchasing it. Often, sellers will make it sound
better than it is in order to lure customers to buy it. If you are able to look at the
used paramotor that you are looking at purchasing, be sure to:
● Check the harness for wear
● Look for a strong frame
● Check all hang points
● Examine the propeller and determine if it’s been damaged or chipped
You may be approaching the process of purchasing a paramotor with the objective
of getting the most bang for your buck. And you’re certainly not alone.
Making conscious decisions with your desired budget in mind is smart. But there
are specific ways that you can do this that ensure you purchase the right
equipment for you. As previously mentioned, going on sites like eBay and
Facebook is a good way to begin the search for a cheap paramotor.
Though you don’t need to buy the newest products, you should definitely look out
for the age of the product that you are considering to purchase. Sometimes, old
paramotors are plagued with severe torque twist, something that is reduced by
varied placement of the hang points on those newer machines. Now, with newer
technology, manufacturers frequently focus on the torque and thrust effects that
were usually not considered during the construction of older paramotors.
Second-hand paramotors can prove to be an effective alternative to brand new
paramotors, that can be quite expensive. If you’re looking into a second-hand
paramotor, it’s best to locate someone that has experience in paramotoring. They
may be able to provide you with a deeper insight into their paramotor and
whether it could work for you. You can even ask to have them show you the motor
for a thorough inspection.
If you have some familiarity with small engines and you have some free time on
your hands, buying a cheap, used machine can be a fantastic bargain!
If money isn’t an issue…
For some people, the amount of money that they invest in the sport doesn’t pose an
issue to them or their financial situation. And that’s awesome because you could go
crazy with the sport in so many ways!
You could purchase the BlackHawk Intruder
paramotor, which costs almost $16,000. This product is available with a trike and a
quad and comes complete with a 3.2-gallon tank and a maximum pilot weight of
600 lbs. There are expensive kits available on the market, so you can even buy a
few to see which one suits you best.
There are also many different accessories that you can purchase to get your
paramotor all decked out. You could head over to Ozone, a trusted paraglider and
paramotor brand, to browse through their travel and flying accessories. You could
purchase “sombreros” for your wings or even some cool vertical or horizontal
banners for your paramotor.
You could also navigate to Glider Sports for a larger selection of equipment and
accessories for your paramotor. If you decided to buy a GoPro to place on your
paramotor during flight, you can purchase a GoPro Wing Mount on their website.
Paramotoring Cost #1: The Paramotor
Because paramotoring is an aviation sport, it will always be expensive when compared
to other sports. The truth is that paramotors usually cost between $5,000 and $10,000.
You can buy a slightly cheaper, used paramotor online, but you should make sure that
you have inspected the machine.
Though the paramotors are quite expensive, they are rather complex machines that will
literally fly you to the skies. If you truly love the experience of paramotoring, your
purchase will be worthwhile.
The process of buying a paramotor can get complicated because of the intended weight
and use for the paramotor. When researching, your computer will be saturated with
companies promising that their paramotor is the best product for you. As a pilot, you
must find the right balance between the amount of power you want and the amount of
weight that you’re planning to carry.
So, when looking into a paramotor, you should find the information about the thrust
output of the engine and the total weight of the machine. To ensure safety, check to see
if all the components of the paramotor have been certifiably tested. And it never hurts to
go see the paramotor for yourself! You will quickly determine if that product is right for
Paramotoring Cost #2: The Wing
Though the wing comes after the paramotor on this list, it is equally, if not more
important than the actual paramotor. The entire machine cannot fly without this vital
Because the wing is so important, you want to purchase it from top brands that you can
trust, such as Ozone, Gin, and Niviuk. It is imperative to buy from a trustworthy brand
because of the dependability and durability of the fabric that they use in the
construction of the wing. Buying a wing from a lesser known company can bode well for
your wallet, but could represent serious risks as you’re flying. Purchasing a wing from
one of these brands will set you back about $2500-$4,000.
Be sure to carefully pick your wing because you want to get the most out of your
purchase. Before purchasing a wing, make sure that it is certified. If you come across a
wing that is uncertified, it is in your best interest to avoid it.
You may also come across a package deal with everything that you need to fly. These
packages, which are simply marketing tactics, rarely suit new pilots. Focus on getting
the gear that is the best fit for you because that will pay off in the end, even if a package
deal ultimately proves to cost far less.
Paramotoring Cost #3: Training
Training is one of the first costs that you will incur when you begin your paramotoring
experience, and coincidentally, one of the least expensive compared with the machine
and the wing. Before getting into the inevitable cost, let’s address one common
misconception about training. Training to be a pilot isn’t free, regardless of any
advertisement that you see that tells you that they are offering free flight school.
The average cost for training is about $2,000. It may seem useless to spend $2,000 on
training, yet training is crucial because it is where you will learn all that you need to
know about paramotoring to ensure safe journeys to the sky.
You shouldn’t just settle on the first training school you find. You want to find a school
where you feel that you will be a good fit. Get in touch with some instructors to
understand the different types of teaching styles and personalities. Then, you can
discern which school would be the best fit for you!
Some training schools even offer one-day training for people who have rigid work
Paramotoring Cost #4: Equipment
Your paramotoring experience wouldn’t be complete without a myriad of other
necessary equipment, such as a helmet, a reserve parachute, and a radio. In total, these
products can cost $1,200. And that’s the low-end of the price estimate. Here is a
breakdown of the costs for the necessary equipment:
● Helmets cost $200-$500.
● Reserve parachutes cost about $800, but some can cost up to $1,300.
● Radios cost about $200.
You might also want to invest in a ground handling harness to ease the launching
process and ear defenders to protect your ears from the engine noise. Though much of
this equipment may seem needless, it is essential that you purchase some of these
products for your own safety.
Paramotoring Cost #5: Miscellaneous Expenses
You may not be thinking about them, but there are many other miscellaneous expenses
involved with paramotoring. Here’s a quick list with brief explanations of some other
expenses that you might encounter in this sport:
● Every time you go to a certain location to paramotor, you use fuel for your car or
truck. Depending on how far you live from the destination, the fuel usage in your
car could vary.
● Though it’s definitely not required, many people opt to get insurance on their
paramotors to protect them in the case of accidents or incurred damage. This
insurance, which can be ordered through the United States Ultralights
Association, could cost you thousands of dollars. However, this insurance can
also save you money in the future (you can look at it like the insurance that you
might have on your $700 iPhone).
● Don’t forget that your paramotor will also need fuel. Some paramotors have
two-stroke engines, which might make your life a bit more difficult. If this is the
case for you, you must buy two stroke oil to mix with fuel in order for your
paramotor to run.
How Much Will It Cost Annually?
Annual costs of paramotoring really depend on the number of hours that you spend on
it. If you fly very often, your total annual cost can reach $600 or more. But if you fly
occasionally, your annual cost for paramotoring may linger around $250.
The total annual cost includes the money that you are projected to spend on fuel and
transportation. You may end up spending a bit more than expected if you find that you
must replace something like the wing or one of the necessary accessories. However, if
you bought reputable products, you shouldn’t worry too much! These products are made
to last for years so that you will only be paying for the fuel, transportation, and
insurance on the machine.
So, if we head over to eBay, we will see that people are selling cheap, yet trustworthy
paramotors for as low as $3,000. Similarly, we can find paramotor wings for as low as
$2,000. Because these products are used, they are much cheaper than those brand new
products that you’ll find in the store. The Internet is an amazing tool to scour the virtual
marketplace for some bargains and discounts that could lower your total costs. Just be
sure to verify that everything you purchase is certified!
We’ve also determined that you will probably spend about $2,000 on training. This
training is essential to become a pilot and operate the paramotor safely, so don’t try to
circumvent this aspect of the process.
The equipment, along with some important accessories, should cost you about $1,200.
So, the total price tag to paramotor is just under $9,000! This sounds like a lot, and
quite frankly, it is. But if you really think about it, spending less than $10,000 to fly is
not bad at all in the grand scheme of things.