Balidey Posted March 14, 2017 Share Posted March 14, 2017 Hello all. New to the forum and hopefully I’ll soon be new to the sport. Over the past few years I have had a couple of trial flights in gliders (winch and tow) and 3 flights in a friend’s microlight (fixed wing Eurostar). I absolutely loved the microlight, but considering my personal finances, there is no way I would be able to afford to get my PPL, let alone a share in a microlight. So that was always going to be a non-starter. But I have this urge to fly. I can honestly see myself taking to Paramotoring, there is a school and airfield very local to me and from what I have seen, Paramotoring is going to be much friendlier on the wallet than a plane of any sort. But I am not under any illusion that it can and will cost a big chunk of money at some point. So I will eventually need to work out, and limit costs. But the training looks affordable and will likely be spread over a couple of months or so. And there seems to be second hand equipment about, at a more reasonable price range than new equipment. And this got me thinking on shared ownership. It is common place with most other aircraft types. Does shared ownership exist in the Paramotoring world? Surely a £5000+ purchase, split between two has halved the initial outlay. I assume that not everyone flies every weekend (I am assuming most people who work 9-5 fly predominantly at weekends) so the motor and wing would be available at most times to suit. I would be more than happy to get a 50% chance of flying an affordable Paramotor, than 100% chance of one I can’t afford. I guess the down side would be, if you Paramotor-share with a friend, you wouldn’t get to fly with that friend. And there is the possibility of damage or wear and tear and who takes responsibility for that. But this is covered very well with aircraft, so surely can be covered in a similar way on the lower end of the cost scale. Would you like a 1 week slot each month of a brand new Paramotor for a quarter of the price? One week a month enough? Or have I missed something really obvious? Perhaps clubs or schools have club equipment that they rent out? Or are you encouraged to get your own? Thanks for reading, and hopefully I’ll be able to update on starting training very soon. Steve Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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