LAKE WALES, Fla. (FOX 13) - You’re probably seen them in the sky over Florida, but you may not know that Florida is home to the largest powered paragliding school in the world.
Aviator Paramotors in Lake Wales offers classes that often fill up six to eight months in advance.
Powered paragliding involves a powerful propeller mounted on the user’s back and a parachute-like wing overhead. The forward motion provided by the propeller helps the wing generate lift, and steering is controlled by cords connected to the wing.
Instructor and owner Eric Farewell says the sport is growing in popularity now that tandem powergliding was made legal with the introduction of a new tricycle-style powerglider cart.
“Trikes are freaking awesome because it really opens the sport up to absolutely everyone who wants to fly. You don’t have to be a young, fit college student; you can get in a trike, launch off the ground and then explore and enjoy,” Farewell said as he piloted FOX 13’s Chip Brewster on a recent ride.
Aviator Paramotors claims to be the largest such school in the world. Their training includes 25 to 30 flights. Classes run once every three weeks, and most are about 10 days long at a cost of $3,500. Students can use the school’s gear for free, but purchasing a complete new unit can run anywhere from $8,000 to $15,000.
LINK: For more information, visit https://aviatorppg.com/