Flying a paramotor may not be something you’ll ever do, but here’s all the reasons you
Adventure is a stupid, yet magnificent word. It’s too ambiguous, in that anyone, at any
time, anywhere is experiencing a completely unique take on this wonderful word. For
some, an adventure is locking the hubs and heading up the ‘Tele to Cape York. For
others, it’s a weekend fishing on a pristine lake, and someone else may have the adventure of a lifetime riding their adventure bike across the sandy swales of the Simpson Desert. There’s no right or wrong, and for the lads at Scout Paramotor in Slovakia, adventure is strapping a giant fan of death to your back and experiencing the world from 10,000ft. As you do... and as you should.
WHAT THE HELL IS A PARAMOTOR?
Put simply, a paramotor is a parachute propelled by a 2-stroke engine and giant fan that’s strapped to your back. You launch from ground level, similar to an aircraft. In other words, there’s no jumping out of a plane or off a cliff. You’re 100% in control of this amazing
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH IT?
Fly. Anywhere you want basically. Well established across Europe, the United States and growing in popularity here in Australia, a paramotor is basically a personal aircraft capable of flying you thousands of kilometres around any landscape your heart desires. Just strap a bivvy to the seat and take off for days at a time. The Icarus Trophy sees dozens of pilots
undertaking a 1600km paramotor camping adventure across the globe. This year, it’s in
Africa. Where do I apply?
HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?
Licensing and intensive training courses tip the scales at around $3–5k here in Australia,
while the gear itself will range from $10–20k including additional stuff like helmets,
clothing, etc. There are plenty of second-hand units available, but best you know what
you’re looking for before you commit. Most of the training courses will offer the use of
rental gear. It’s not a cheap hobby, but any passion rarely is.
Paramotoring technically flies under the radar (heh) of needing a specific license,
however, the ‘licensing’ that does exist is more to accredit you with a governing body in
Australia and of course get you well and truly proficient before you leap into the air.
The sport is legislated buy the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, and requires that all flyers
obey civil aviation law.
THE WORLD, AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE
Want to see what the world looks like from the saddle of a paramotor? The boys from
Scout Paramotor take to the skies over Iceland. Prepare to have your mind blown and your passion ignited as Ryan Southwell documents this incredible adventure.
If you'd like to see the paramotor in action, click here.