Safety Begins With...
Powered parachuting is an activity that can be fun and exciting, but like any activity involving aviation, it does carry some inherent risks, most of which can be eliminated with the following.
1. Proper Training: Although Powered paramotors and parachutes are some of the easiest aircraft to fly, it is important to receive proper training from a certified instructor to ensure you have the necessary skills and knowledge to operate fly safely.
2. Equipment Maintenance: Regular maintenance checks of the equipment, including the parachute, motor, and frame including an annual inspection are vital to ensuring everything is functioning correctly before each flight.
3. Weather Conditions: Weather conditions play a significant role in the safety of any flight. Wind, precipitation, and lightning are just a few examples of things that can significantly impact your flight. With a flexible fabric wing, winds are the primary problem and usually pilots do not fly in winds greater than 6-8mph. Ultimately, do not fly in conditions beyond you or your parachute's capabilities.
4. Follow the Rules: All aircraft, including powered parachutes, must follow aviation regulations including airspace awareness and licensing set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure the safety of all pilots and passengers.
5. Use Safety Equipment: It's a good idea to wear a helmet or at least glasses with a powered parachute and a properly fitting harness when operating a powered paramotor.
6. Communication: Communicating with other pilots in the area and maintaining radio contact is essential for safe flight if flying from an airport and still a good idea if flying in other areas.
7. Terrain Awareness: When flying low to the ground, understanding and being aware of your surroundings, including other objects.
As with any activity, following recommended safety procedures and being aware of your surroundings can help reduce the risk of injuries or accidents and can be a very safe sport.