Instruction typically spans two or three weekends with full days at the beach learning to kite the wing and motor handling. During the weekdays, the student is encouraged to continue practicing and mastering the skills previously taught. Some students learn faster than others, or may have other aviation experience that could impact training time. The student learns at their pace, and when the instructor determines with the student they are ready, the student gets their first solo flight. Following the first solo flight, additional launch styles and landings are under the instructor's control until the student is ready to proceed on their own.
All students are urged to continue flying with the local TXWingNuts club [add link] here in Houston, TX. This interaction with other new and advanced pilots plays a vital role in advancing the new pilots skills under a more controlled environment resulting in a much safer pilot.
Familiarization of motor and wing
Ground handling i.e. kiting, forward and reverse launches
Ground class - understanding the sky, the in-flight mechanics of powered paragliding, in-flight protocol, safety rules, and understanding FAR 103
Supervised motor solos with radio contact as pilot demonstrates basic flying skills
Any form of aviation is potentially dangerous. Powered Paragliding is one of the safest forms of aviation but there are obvious risks inherent in the sport. Before becoming involved in powered paragliding one must consider the hazards involved and be willing to personally and fully assume responsibility for such risk. We assume that those individuals who choose to participate in Ultralight aviation, including Powered Paragliding, are aware of the risks involved and are willing to accept the responsibility for their own actions and the results that may occur. As the pilot of your own powered paraglider you should fully understand that you alone accept all responsibility for your own actions. You should agree not to sue the owners, designers, suppliers, and pilots who helped design this site, or make information, training, or equipment available through it.
In the end, powered paragliding is usually as safe as you choose to make it. By investing in good, safe equipment and training, and by making good decisions about when and where to fly, one can minimalize the dangers and have a long and fun filled experience.