Live the dream:
Ever since I was a little kid, I dreamed of flying. My first attempt around age 8, resembled an oversized kite made of tree branches and black plastic. Needless to say  It was an unsuccessful attempt at flight, and fortunately for me, the hills near where I grew up weren’t very steep. Since then my desire to fly has only grown stronger, and I have gained the knowledge and saved up enough money to enter the world of powered paragliding (ppg).

To me there is no other feeling like flying. It is the most natural and mind freeing sensation there is. I do enjoy flying in planes (both large and small), but the openness and simplicity of flying a paramotor is second to none. I look forward to new and future forms of flying that allow for even greater freedom, but for now, ppg is pretty darn good.

If nothing else, I think you will enjoy watching the video - even if you have no desire to fly, build a "flying machine", or read an instructable about building a flying machine.

Build and Fly a Paramotor (safely and for cheap) from Sky-Monkey on Vimeo.

Whats the Point?
Paramotoring is primarily done for recreation, however there are a number of practical uses for paramotors. Search and rescue teams have used paramotors for getting into remote areas and flying low to the ground in searches, the Florida Police department utilizes paramotors for beach patrol, they are used for aerial photography, and videography, they are used for advertising, and for entertaining spectators among others things.

How much and How difficult?
Since buying a rather expensive paramotor and taking a number of lessons, I have come to realize how simple paramotors really are. They may appear complicated at first glance, but they are really just a combination of multiple simple pieces that work together.
I built the Frame, Harness, Throttle, Reserve Parachute deployment bag, and Fuel system in under two weeks of evenings and weekends while working a full-time job.
Excluding the engine, propellor, reserve parachute, and parglider (the stuff most people cant make themselves), the project cost under $200 USD. The things I didn't build range broadly based on new/used from $2000 - $5000+ USD

This instructable is meant to be an overview of how I went about making my own paramotor, and to hopefully give others some ideas and inspiration for creating their own (or even just to get people interested in and aware of the sport). A good deal of experience with similar construction techniques is highly recommended as is a good deal of time and patience. Cost is highly variable, however, for this demonstration, I am attempting to do everything for the least possible cost.

I constantly find myself printing out templates from my computer, spray mounting them to plastic, pressboard, foam, and other materials and cutting everything out by hand. I would also love to have something that would cut fabrics for some of the composite and textile projects that I work on. Beyond that, I enjoy making stencils for spraying t-shirts, and graphics onto the stuff I build. Because of this, I would like to be entered into the 4th Epilog laser contest. I am hopeful that this project is viewed by others with as much enthusiasm as I have for making stuff, and for personal flight.

Step 1: Safety and Training

Whats Safety?

The first and most important thing when considering getting involved in the sport is training. It doesn't matter how safe your equipment is, proper training makes all the difference in the world.

That being said, paramotoring is arguably the safest current form of recreational aviation out there.

Nevertheless, I do not recommend attempting to enter this sport without training. If you can find an instructor who offers training by the lesson vs. a lump fee – Training can be quite inexpensive for those who are dedicated and willing to rehearse what is taught between lessons. Aside from the obvious safety risks associated with not getting proper training – people have scared themselves out of wanting to fly because of bad attempts to “self train.”
Some people never go back to it as a result of bad experiences.

So, bottom line: GET PROPER TRAINING!

My best attempt at a legal disclaimer:

The reader of this instructable should be aware that flying of any type can be very dangerous to the pilot and anyone else nearby. They should also be aware that the material published here is by no means a substitute for proper training or paramotor safety education. Before attempting to replicate any portion of the following project, a thorough understanding of the sport, its fundamental principles, and the equipment necessary to participate in such a sport should be properly obtained and exercised. The author of this article is in no way responsible for the use or interpretation of the following information. The information is intended only as documentation of the authors work, and in no way suggests that others will have similar outcomes by attempting to replicate said work.
<p>Here they are! I'm using the Predator 212 engine with an Xoar 34x10 prop. I have arms where my free flight harness connects into. i came up with a design to make sure i am safely hooked in. You can see the two pieces of webbing: the red one goes to my harness and the black to my wing. The red one is threaded through the black one like it is in the picture. That way even if the bar was gone, i would still be attached to my wing. I think &quot;red your dead&quot; if i can see that part of the red webbing, i know i'm hooked in wrong. </p><p>I'm about half done right now, but wont be able to weld for 3 more weeks :( the wait is killing me!!</p><p>If anyone wants dimensions or any plans or info, just send me a message!</p><p>-Luke</p>
<p>how much thrust do you get from a direct drive prop?</p>
Hey Luke... I just bought the same engine and on eBay right now about to buy the same prop. I noticed your post was from 2 years ago and before I purchase the prop is that definitely the right one to get where do you recommend something else with that engine which is the same engine I just bought... Paul.. please contact me directly at: catinella.paul@gmail.com<br>Please!! Ty!
<p>What did you use for a prop hub? How much mods too your engine? </p>
Hey Luke,<br>the design is AMAZING<br>I will be more than happy if you don't mind sending me the design and dimensions and if you have some tips from your experience will be helpful <br>my mail is : wael.elbayoumy@hotmail.com <br>thanks in advance :)<br>wael
<p>Hey Luke! Awesome unit. I'm building one of my own and wanted to ask about how you selected your metal. Could you email me? kelmarrey@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon! </p>
<p>I am interested in your paramotor, i loves this job And my drim to fly with powered paragading</p><p>. I am very appreciated it. Thankyou and cheers</p>
<p>Hi, </p><p>It was a great job to built this paramotor nice work, there is any chance to have the plans/ information about this ,I want to built my own frame .</p><p>Thanks</p><p>Stef</p><p>daniel11stef@yahoo.com</p>
<p>Very very cool and informative(shame that I haven't read them all... it is 2 AM in South Korea right now...That means UTC 17:00 and EST 12:00 wow... anyhow!! I love this project! Just amazing how People around the world has their own AMAZING talents!!</p>
<p>HI Sky Monkey,</p><p>Very cool project, i am pitching this to bunch of friends for a collective build and would like to know if there is any chance i could get the original 3d<br> model. Its cool its approximate, its actually for kick of a presentation (not <br>build at this point) and yours is one of the best i have seen for generally <br>demonstrating the setup and i would like to continue to update the drawings as we go if it works out.</p><p>Email: rv@vbiz.cca<br></p><p>Thanks</p>
To all readers looking for and requesting &quot;plans&quot; - they do not exist. I made a basic 3d model to determine sizes and locations of tubes and mounting brackets, and that is it. If you are seriously considering building one, feel that you have the necessary skills and experience, and believe that looking at the model I made would be helpful, then send me a private message with your email address, and I will send you the model. <br> <br>This instructable was never meant to be a set of foolproof plans so that anyone, with no similar experience could successfully build one it was meant to be an overview of how I went about making mine, and to hopefully give others some ideas and inspiration. Again, a good deal of experience with similar construction techniques is necessary for attempting a project like this. <br> <br>
Dear Sir <br>May I please also have the 3D planning as i also just bought a 3D printer and and cant wait to do some rnd my self.Regards NCT
<p>Dear Boss,</p><p>Kindly send me the model please as i am building the frame work in a 3d software and have a craze to fly this gadget..</p><p>Kindly email me @ khurram.aftab@adamjeelife.com. Your support will always be appreciated.</p>
I am very interested in your plans for your paraglider. I am going to make 3 of them, wife,brother,me. Please send me information if you can
<p>Hi Sky-Monkey :) Like all your other commenters, I love the tutorial! I was hoping i could pick your brain about how you selected metal for your ppg. I've done a lot of research (maybe even too much), but thought I would reach out to the online community. As someone that has built a badass ppg unit, I'd love suggestions and appreciate the reply! Thanks again! Kelly Reynolds (kelmarrey@gmail.com)</p>
How do i get ahold of sky monkey concerning the redhead 280 ?
I need the information to order it, I cant get a solid email, adress or anything, I have researched the engine and thats my pic, and great price
180 , Im about to build my paramoter, Sky monkey i need your help, Mark Beldock. carbarn21@gmail.com. thank you <br>
<p>Can you please email me the 3D model. Thanks. Email - orthoshah@gmail.com.</p>
<p>Hello Sky-Monkey<br>I'm a new to paramotors but want to build my own. Do you have any recommendations on a good beginner chute? Also, could I use a Honda GX200? If you could help me out I would really appreciate it. Thanks,</p>
How we select prop size for paramoter
<p>I would like to know if any of you could help me build my dream paraglider, or boardglider I guess you could say. I don't want to glide, but ride the air with a board. My email is Skyrider901@gmail.com and would love any assistance I could get from any of you. Thank you. ;)</p>
<p>I have got to say this is the best I have seen gear job man. And hope you have a lot of fun. I am planing on making 1 for my self as well so it would gradually help if you could send me some information . The design layout and dimensions. </p><p>My email ticktax5@gmail.com </p><p>Thanks in advance </p>
<p>The largest risks in paramotoring are:</p><p>1. A limb coming in contact with the spinning propeller. e.g. stumbling during takeoff or landing and damaging the prop shroud. </p><p>Electric start (and fully electric paramotors) and shroud improvements could help here. Possibly armouring similar to motorcycle armour may also help.</p><p>2. Drowning.</p><p>This is just not taking care while flying over water; running out of fuel or flying too low and catching the water. Obviously the motor is heavy, improved quick releases on harnesses may help here but mostly it's just common sense.</p><p>There are additional risks of hitting things, tangled in power lines, trees etc turbulence problems, engine failure etc but these are also &quot;trainable&quot; and common sense.</p><p>The flying part of the hobby is relatively safe; the wing is a parachute and in general fails safely. Overall according to the statistics it's about the same as riding a motorcycle in terms of the levels of risk.</p>
<p>Finally got mine flying, almost two years after starting the project...(but there was a long period of hesitation for testing it) : <a href="https://youtu.be/KDt3a0V_HRQ" rel="nofollow">youtu.be/KDt3a0V_HRQ</a></p><p>Thanks for the plans and the tips on building</p>
<p>plz tell what is the total cost for it plz dont tell between 2000-5000 usd</p>
<p>this is amazing</p>
<p>Hi SkyMonkey! it has been my dream for some time now to enter the world of paramotors! Although, with school and work it has made it's way to the back back burner. I finally have some free time again and would love to start this project! Your instructable was very useful and solidified me wanting to make my own. One quick question, could you possibly send me the CAD files you have drawn. I understand if you do not want to but I have access to CNC machines at school and this would be an awesome excuse for me to get more CNC time as well! Thanks in advance Sky Monkey! My email is... jacob_guilbert@my.uri.edu </p>
<p>Hey Skymonkey, </p><p>Thank you for your effort for this article .. it is really useful </p><p>however, i cant download the pdf file , i will be glad if you can send me the dimentions and the design on my email </p><p>wael.elbayoumy@hotmail.com</p><p>thanks in advance</p><p>wael</p>
<p>Hi,</p><p>Where I can find the Helmet intructions?</p><p>Thank you!</p>
I was very inspired by this video and love the design of this paramotor iv seen a lot of them home built but none like yours I'm a union iron worker and have thought about building a paramotor for a while but when I saw this video I guess I never realized how easy this would be I would greatly appreciate it if you can send me the cad file sherrera0801@gmail.com thank you
<p>Hi ! This is a very good project ! I want to ask something about the wing's In-Flight-Weight. How it should be, because I have lots of experience with similar construction techniques, but I don't know so much about paramotors ?</p><p> For example:</p><p>Pilot - 180 lbs<br>Paramotor - 60 lbs<br>Fuel - 15 lbs<br>Wing - 15 lbs<br>Any extra gear - 5 lbs</p><strong> Total - </strong><strong>275 lbs</strong><p>So the wing's In-Flight-Weight should be at least 275lbs, or it is different for the paramotor, because of engine?<br>Thanks in advance! It's time to live my dream! :)</p>
There are many factors that play into choosing the correct wing beyond what you listed - wind speed, motor strength, fabric porosity, and many more. I will not go into details on these here. Choosing the correct wing should be done with a qualified instructor. Although it might seem simple, these decisions should not be made lightly. Please get training and talk with someone who has experience with these things before getting involved.
<p>I would like to see/hear more about the helmet :)</p>
Hello sky monkey...<br>Very good project. I just loved it. It is my dream and with yr help I m gonna fullfill it.<br>I have some query regarding my engine. I from india and in india this sport is not much popular. I want to use one gasoline engine with 160 cc. I am sending one photo regarding specification of engine. Kindly instruct me to select my engine.
<p>Thank you Sky Monkey. Happy landings.</p>
<p>You are a genus !!!!!!!! great artical and instructions. I'm a toolmaker in PA/NJ and wanted to get into the sport. I've been thinking about making my own rig also but thinking it was too much work. You did a great job documenting all your steps. You really inspired me to go ahead with building my own PPG. I would like to keep in touch with you about any other mods you do to your set up. Thanks Bob</p>
<p>Hi</p><p> Is it possible I could have your cad file for the Paramotor you made please.</p><p>My email is dialpasha@aol.com thanks </p><p>Pasha</p>
Hi can I have the CAD files you made? It will be great for me to save me allot of time to try to make them! Can you send them to my email @: alinlucaci@hotmail.com<br>Thank you so much! <br><br>Kind Regards,<br>Alin
<p>Hello, I am a Master's Student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute studying structural engineering and for one of my classes I was asked to do a finite element analysis of something of my choosing. For my project I decided to analyze the frame of a powered paraglider and I stumbled on your designs. It would be extremely helpful if you could send me the CAD files you made, as this would save me a few hours of trying to replicate them. If could send them to jon.burke07@gmail.com I would really appreciate it! Thanks. </p>
Hey sky monkey, the simple design is genius. Would you mind emailing me the cad files @ rusty.renn12@houghton.edu?
<p>Hello Sky-Money! So f******* awesome, you're great.</p><p>Could you please send me the CAD-files for your frame and seat?</p><p>thanks</p><p>simon</p><p>(simon.gutheinz@gmail.com)</p>
<p>Hello Sky-Monkey! This is an awesome project!</p><p>I do want to replicate it here, but i will take some time for the preparations.</p><p>If you don't mind, I would like to ask some questions: What kind of welding did you use? The through-holes for the netting went in the both sides of the tube? </p><p>Thanks!</p><p><strong><br></strong></p>
Hey Sky-Monkey,<br>I only have one question,<br>To fly this, is there any aviation license that you need? If so where can i get one?<br>Best regards,<br>Jordan
<p>I am interested in your paramotor, can you please send me (via email: giangbt.hn@gmail.com) the drawings for frame design. I am very appreciated it. Thankyou and cheers</p>
<p>kindly e-mail me the dimensions....a great lesson</p><p>muhammadsohail39@gmail.com</p>
<p>hi, have you any drawings available yet. It looks good.</p><p>Regards</p><p>Pete</p>
<p>also if you cant see, the ring will go all the way past the prop. i have a new wing and i don't want to blend it up! hahah</p>

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