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Powered paragliding, also known as paramotoring or PPG, is a form of ultralight aviation (a paramotor) which provides enough thrust to take off using a paraglider. It can be launched in still air, and on level ground, by the pilot alone — no assistance is required.
The ability to fly both low and slow safely, the 'open' feel, the minimal equipment and maintenance costs, and the portability are claimed to be this type of flying's greatest merits.
Powered paragliders usually fly between 15 to 50 mph (24 to 80 km/h) at altitudes from 'foot-dragging on the water' up about to 24,000 ft (7,300 m) or more although most flying is done under 500 ft (150 m) AGL.
The paramotor, weighing from 45 to 90 lb (20 to 41 kg) is supported by the pilot during takeoff. After a brief run (typically 100 ft (30.0 m)) the wing lifts the motor and its harnessed pilot off the ground.