FAQ FOR TRAINEES
The duration of your training is about 5 – 6 days, depending on weather conditions & how fast or slow you pick up the skill.
Course includes 2 hours of rigorous training each day that will comprise of practical flying and theoretical classes.
The last day will be dedicated to you for your first solo flight.
- We conduct our training on the beach of Malgund, Ratnagiri, an Incredibly serene, coastal region that is sure to leave you spell bound by its beauty and ethnic Konkan / Malwan food. There are lots of accommodations around, which are beautifully located and are available at reasonable prices.
- We also offer a package, wherein, we have a tie up with a 3 star resort, adjoining our training ground, which can well accommodate you and your family at discounted prices (conditions apply).
- We will provide you with the fuel and the necessary equipments (glider, paramotor etc.) for your training. However, you could also opt for purchasing and training on your own equipment, which will help you cut a 30% slack on your training fees.
After ages of testing and witnessing various flying grounds across the country, many proven and many failed, Malgund, Ratnagiri continues to remain the haven of choices for all flyers to come and spread their wings.
Besides having perfect landscapes with vast open spaces and laminar flow winds that offer the most conducive flying conditions for novice to pro pilots, Malgund is situated on an incredibly serene, coastal belt that is sure to leave you enthralled by its beauty. Malgund also has to offer fantastic konkan and Malwan flavors of ethnic origin. Accommodations are easy to find, beautifully located and are available at reasonable prices. It’s basically a quaint vacation paradise for your family to savor.
“Wings And Flights Paragliding and Paramotoring institute of India” has been a firmly rooted and trusted establishment in the aviation field since 1991. It was founded by Capt. Eric Menezes, who is a seasoned pilot and instructor for sailplanes and paramotors and is recognized as the Pioneer of Paramotoring in India.
Wings and Flights is not only a leading firm in training students but also under takes the intricacies of manufacturing complete paramotor airframes and aviation propellers and is continuously striving to meet international standards of sophistication in technology. Safety and dedication are two words Wings and Flights has built its foundation around and hence, we strictly adhere to safety norms laid down by world organizations such as APPI & FAI. Extensive and compulsive use of radios has made paramotoring an extremely safe sport over the years. We only delegate instructors that have undergone training and filtration process through these norms and exams.
We have been “the alma mater”, responsible for training 1500 students to fly paragliders and paramotors in our history, out of which a handful have gone ahead to form India’s first team to participate in “World Paramotor Championships 2018”.
A student’s journey at our school begins with aspirations and a pair of wings. We have a trodden path for those who wish to soar far. The step by step progression pattern is given below:
PPG Beginner course Level I …………….. 85,000/- (*30% discount will be given if the equipment is purchased from us)
(Duration of this training will be 5 – 6 days which will include 2 hours of training per day (practical & theory). Please note that this is subject to weather conditions and the pace at which the student picks up the skill)
The training includes basic theoretical knowledge about piloting, equipment, mechanics of flight, air-laws, weather, mental state awareness and emotional control. On the field, emphasis will be put on high flying for orientation purpose, low flying, ground handling tasks and essential safety procedures. After the first solo flight of half hour duration, we will give you another half hour flight complimentary from our side, which will mark the completion of your course. From here on you will be certified as a (PPG – Level1) pilot. It is imperative to the needs of progression, to maintain a pilot’s log book which must begin with your first instructional flight logged in. The log book will be provided to you by us at a nominal charge.
PPG Intermediate course Level II ………………. 25,000/- (*30% discount will be given if the equipment is purchased from us)
The prerequisite to entering intermediate training is to show at least 10 hours of 20 solo flights as pilot in command (PIC). It should be logged into your personal Pilot’s log book, certified by an authorized instructor. Your intermediate training duration will be for 2 days with a total of 4 hours of training under supervision by an instructor. In this training you will be taught some of the more advanced maneuvers which will help you enhance your skill, give you confidence to be able to handle situations that demand quick decisions and help you obtain necessary credentials that will enable you to operate commercially in future. After training, the student should complete at least 20 hours of 40 solo flights before enrolling for Tandem training.
PPG Tandem course (for obtaining tandem rating) …………………. 30,000/- (*30% discount will be given if the equipment is purchased from us)
The Tandem course is a preliminary proceeding for obtaining Tandem Pilot’s rating designed for intermediate pilots who have completed at least 30 hours of 60 solo flights as PIC in total. All flying hours must be logged into their personal Pilot’s log book. The log book has to be duly certified by the Instructor. This will enable you to enroll for the Tandem Pilot training. During this transitional training, you may have to put in around 4 hours in 2 days of flying with your instructor, who will review your practical tandem flying ability & instability /emergency procedures. Various flying techniques /methods while carrying passengers along with passenger care & attention are demonstrated. A tandem rating certificate marks the successful completion of the training. If you wish to progress further to become an Asst. Instructor then you need to complete 10 hrs of 20 tandem flights.
Assistant PPG instructor ………………… 20,000/- (*30% discount will be given if the equipment is purchased from us)
Once a Tandem Pilot covers 10 hours of 20 successful tandem flights with all hours logged into their personal log book and signed by the authorizing Instructor, he / she can now be considered skillful enough for performing the tasks of an assistant PPG instructor. After successfully training 5 students for PPG flying under the supervision of a full PPG instructor, he / she can qualify to apply for a full PPG Instructorship.
PPG Instructor ………………….. 25,000/- (*30% discount will be given if the equipment is purchased from us)
An assistant PPG instructor who has proven successful in training at least 5 students under the supervision of a full PPG instructor can now opt for full Instructorship. During this Instructorship training, he / she must efficaciously train at least 10 students for PPG flying, after which he / she can be called ripe enough for procuring a PPG Instructor’s rating.
Senior PPG instructor
A PPG Instructor, who has completed training at least 50 students, automatically earns a title as a Senior PPG Instructor and stands in a position to train other instructors as well.
Training 100 students makes a Senior PPG Instructor into a Coach
One can either hire equipment from the school @ Rs.6,500/- per hour and continue building their hours
Proffer services to the school as a volunteer in times of work (in this way, there is a fair barter of our expertise and equipment in exchange for the student’s services in kind and we will take it upon us to make sure that the student achieves the much needed hours of flight time)
Other value added costs include:
- Rs. 550/- Membership fees for Aerosporsts association of Pune.
- Rs. 250/- Wings & Flights Pilot’s log book.
- Rs. 500/- Informative CD/DVD on paramotors—————————-(optional)
- Rs. 1000/- Textbooks on mechanics of flight, basic aerodynamics, basic meteorology, safety and upkeep of equipment ————————————————————–(optional)
- Rs.5000/- Permanent membership card for Aerosports association of Pune——–(optional)
After training, there are numerous ways one can continue to fly.
One can either, purchase their own equipment and enjoy flying whenever they wish or one could also rent equipment from us on hourly basis and enjoy uninterrupted flying in our dedicated flying areas.
We also have a substantially large community of flyers all over the country who are active participants in paramotoring festivals and events that are conducted in various states including Maharashtra. So, moreover, flying can be done as and when you wish except in rains.
We, at Wings & Flights don’t only look after the flying instructions and the technicalities of flying; we also manufacture paramotors and propellers. If you want to buy paramotors, you need not look any further. 20 years of rigorous research and experience in this field has made us pretty good at what we do.
Our evolution in all these years has got us to a reasonably fine degree of flawless manufacturing and we do not leave any stones unturned. We are bound by our eccentricity of having covered almost any hurdles that have impeded the progress of flying for paramotor pilots. Let it be materials, strength, durability, conduciveness, weight to power ratio or ease of handling, we cover all aspects. We are indeed, just a short hop away from making “paramotor flying” feel like a bed of roses.
If you think your paramotor is giving you distress signals or if she needs some good tinkering just call upon us and bring her by our facility and we guarantee you that we will make her feel up and flying again.
Knowing paramotors is our expertise, and we know them from the inside-out. We have a fully developed facility that is well equipped with technology and staff specifically dedicated for servicing, repair and upkeep of paramotors.
Paramotors are extremely versatile machines. They are capable of flying as low as skimming at just about 2 feet above the ground to dizzying heights of almost 6000 – 10000 feet above mean sea level, depending on the condition of the machine and the tuning of the carburetor.
Though, however, the record that was made for the highest paramotor flight in the world was 30,000 feet above mean sea level, which could only be possible under regimented circumstances. One should understand that no matter how high your machine can fly, it is always good practice and good airmanship to inform the nearest air traffic control tower (ATC) before attempting to fly above the usually exempted airspace of up to 500 feet.
To sum it up, a paramotor is basically a “paraglider with a backpack motor” or a “motorized version of Paragliding.” There are two different types of Powered Paragliders or “Paramotors.”
The most common is called a “Foot-Launch” unit or a backpack, where the pilot wears a backpack-style 2-stroke motor onto his / her back and has to physically run to become airborne.
The second type is called a “Trike” unit, where the motor is mounted to a go-kart-style platform with wheels.
There are plenty of variations among these two types and many factors like weight, age, physical ability, takeoff elevation and flying-style determine which gear is best suited for an individual. To decide which type of unit is most appropriate for you and how much it would cost, it’s best that you talk to us so we can guide you into making a better decision.
So far there is no regulatory body that governs or regulates any laws for paramotoring in India.
The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), being the only body responsible for the Indian skies does not consider paramotors as aircrafts that need to be regulated yet.
So, luckily, one does not need to own a license to fly a paramotor in our country.
Even though there are many who seek the pleasure and freedom of independent flying, it does come with a dark side. It is widely understood by most that everything is hunky dory till it stays that way.
In case of an accident or mishap, one can be left immobile and unattended to. This can lead to undesired loss of time, which otherwise could have been utilized to take corrective measures to avoid further serious medical complications. So our advice to all is, never attempt to fly alone or at least have one buddy who wouldn’t mind tagging along with you even though he may not necessarily want to fly.
INHERITED RISKS IN PARAMOTORING
Paramotoring in calm weather, at sufficient altitude, with properly maintained equipment in adequate terrain and with no psychological distractions is safe and it’s magical… But beware of your worst enemy – you.
The engines are very reliable 2 or 4 stroke motors. If adequately serviced, they are hardly ever an issue.
If the engine ever fails or runs out of fuel (happened to me twice, both my fault) in mid air, don’t panic. You’re on a Paraglider and if you’re flying high enough, you have plenty of time for a safe landing.
In good flight weather and with an adequate understanding of risks that may emanate from surrounding terrain, there is really very little danger that anything will happen to your properly maintained paraglider. Freak wing issues in good weather do occur, very very rarely, and more often than not, with a modern beginner wing at sufficient altitude, the problem will correct itself.
Generally speaking, your biggest threats are:
⦁ Inadequate pre-flight checks and preparation
Before leaving home always check the weather forecast and your equipment.
Make sure you check and double check flight zoning.
Check and double check your oil to fuel ratio and make sure you adequately planned fuel levels.
Never be tired, hung over or in a hurry.
⦁ Inadequate planning in regard to takeoff / landing terrain
You must account for weather (wind direction), slope (preferably none at all), electrical fences, private property, hazards…
Never take the risk to attempt liftoff if all conditions aren’t perfect!!!! Even if you made it all this way with all this equipment and all those friends that want to see you fly.
⦁ Inadequate flight altitude
Climb after takeoff, never fly too low.
You should continuously scan the terrain and flight direction to make sure that in case of sudden engine failure, you already know where you’re going to land and that you have more than enough altitude to glide there.
⦁ Collision with terrain/obstruction on ground
The pilot must have complete situational awareness of the obstructions in and around the area of operation that could be in the collision path of a flying paramotor; such as trees, electric poles, fences, towers, buildings, hills, mountains etc. to avoid putting any life, structure and objects in danger.
⦁ Power equipment malfunction
Even after years of experience and the knowledge of dealing with various impeding factors, it is still always good to have the humility to understand that these are machines in the end and are just as much subject to failure or malfunction as any person and hence one must always be alert for important instructions being given regarding emergency protocols by the operators and pilots before and during any flight.
⦁ Body contact with spinning prop
It doesn’t require much teaching for a person to understand the hazards of being around a spinning propeller. The propeller zone, whether or not the propeller is spinning, is considered as the most hazardous zones that one must stay clear off at almost any given time as the intensity of injury can be of a very high degree.
⦁ Hard landing
A hard landing is a rare event, nonetheless, something one should always be ready for in the case of a sudden weather change or technical snag. Hence it is always advised that a passenger should remain seated with seatbelts fastened and in the suggested brace position for optimum safety.
⦁ Fall during T/O or landing
Again, being one of the factors that may never really occur, especially in the hands of an experienced / skilled pilot, but in rare, inevitable circumstance it is always best to remain well fastened and secured to the harness / seat and preferably in the appropriate brace position so as to keep your limbs well protected within the frame work of the trike.
⦁ Wing malfunction or deflation
In the rare case of a wing deflation or collapse, the most important need of the moment is to remain calm in the knowing that these wings are designed to recover on their own and will almost without fail recover within 2 seconds. In the case if the deflation happens close to the ground stay fastened and in brace position until recovery.
⦁ Miss handling of equipment
It is a very crucial matter when equipments are not handled with care or are handled with a casual attitude! For e.g. (1) a running motor left unattended even for a few seconds can amount to very serious issues such as a child innocently touching the propeller, a bird flying into it or any object accidentally entering the zone could prove disastrous! (2) We are dealing with heavy machinery… it needs to be given its due respect. We must be on a sharp look out at all times to keep the area clear of any curious spectators, children, animals or other vehicles during operations, within stipulated zone of operations.
⦁ Line tangle/damage
The lines or strings of a paraglider may look like very harmless things. They are made of extremely strong material called Kevlar and are covered with a sheath of polyester as an additional coat for protection which makes them highly abrasive in nature. Due to its high tensile strength, these lines are not only capable of breaking or cutting through most things in its path but can also cause some serious frictions burns on the body of a person, animal or object. It is therefore always advised to keep reasonable distance from around these lines. Make sure to keep animals and objects away, warn curious spectators to keep safe distance and ask them to keep their children away from these lines as precaution.
⦁ Water immersion
All pilots of the caliber with above 150 hrs of flying can almost never be expected to deviate from their hard wired procedures for flight over water bodies. There is always a pattern that is followed in order to nullify any type of mishaps that would end in a water body. But giving the benefit of doubt to a rare case of error, we provide life jackets to every person on board the aircraft, i.e, pilot and the passenger.
⦁ Collision with other aircraft
All PPG pilots who are rated worthy for flying tandem and are considered fit for taking joyrides after strict scrutiny, can almost never be expected to get into a situation such as this but still, giving the benefit of doubt in the extreme case, there are laws and protocols that dictate avoidance of mid air collision. Our pilots are trained to strictly adhere to these given patterns, hence totally nullifying the chances of such an occurrence.