In the Kingdom of Siam
Your first autonomous flight in an ultralight
To the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, the most beautiful flights in the land of smiles
Learn to fly without any experience or skills in one week!
You can make this child’s dream come true, we will train you starting from 0, without any flying experience, without any particular physical condition and in total safety.
-Are you looking for something original?
-You are curious? a traveller? nature and wildlife lover?
-Amateur or pro?
-You like to photograph or film?
Exhilarating, sensational, extraordinary, original, fun, make the experience of a lifetime. You didn’t think it was so easy and quick to learn to fly.
Let yourself go to the end of your dreams
Feel the magic of low speed, low altitude flying that brings you closer to your greatest flying fantasies. Stick close to the birds and share their panoramic vision.
At the top of the trees, fly over the animals, you will enjoy a point of view that you would never have thought accessible.
One week only
Thanks to this training course in the form of an internship, let’s save your free time, your precious weekends and holidays. Let’s go through the steps efficiently and reach our goal: to put your new skills into practice to fly over a world-class site.
Paramotor … Para what?
It is an ULM (Ultra light motorized 3rd class), a motorized paraglider. The aircraft simply consists of a paraglider that provides lift, it is associated with an engine attached to a harness (harness that allows you to carry it like a backpack) in which you sit after takeoff. The engine provides the thrust necessary for take-off and then to maintain the landing (flight at a constant altitude) once in the sky.
This marvel of simplicity was propelled on television during the Ushuaia nature shows proposed by Nicolas HULOT.
Vertigo is non-existent
You’re not connected to the ground, so you can’t feel dizzy.
The safest aircraft
The paramotor is considered one of the safest forms of aviation because of its low airspeed and stability in flight. The flight window is during the calmest periods of the day: early morning and early evening when the wind is light. The light is then ideal for photographing and admiring the scenery. This aircraft has evolved from the free flight of paragliders, innovation and technological advances have made it accessible to the general public. Flights at a low speed in a calm and steady wind, this is the guarantee of your serenity.
Contemplate the world far beyond the height of a man and over the peaks. The wind whistles in the proud and perfectly inflated crescent-shaped sail above your head. Trust her, she could carry much more than you. Comfortably seated in a seat so soft that you can hardly feel it, you are sitting in the sky. Look ahead, you can’t see anything even your hands, here is the vision of a man flying. Appreciate this relative slowness, it offers you the possibility to contemplate the landscape peacefully.
Our partner for this adventure is a paramotor school run by two friends, pilots and instructors: Paul is Austrian and Mark is American. It is registered with all the authorities and insured for the training of its students. It has two centers: one in Hua Hin and one in Phuket, so it is possible to fly all year round in two totally different environments. Thanks to professional and experienced instructors, their pedagogy, a suitable environment and a knowledgeable, recent and adapted equipment, we will make you fly with your own wings.
A team that unites all talents
Your hosts are tandem pilots, instructors, world champions, paraglider test pilots, photographers and video makers for television and film. They put their skills to work for the protection of our natural heritage and wildlife, especially for the well-known WWF. They have European and American diplomas from RASAT, FAI, USPPA, ASC to train from beginner to advanced pilot. They have more than ten years of flying experience in Southeast Asia working with students, schools, clubs and instructors from all over the world. Training is provided in French. The meteorology course is provided by an Emirates pilot. With real hindsight, his speech is more appropriate than a textbook with school content.
For your learning, the Phuket Airpark is the ideal place.
It is a 50 hectare private airfield on the east coast of the island, it is bordered by coconut palms, covered with lush green grass and tropical vegetation. When you take off, you fly over a beach and face the Andaman Sea planted with islets in all directions. Entirely new, vast, bright, sunny, it is a pilot’s paradise in Thailand. Even an Airbus A 380 could land on this gigantic runway. The setting of your training course is very much like an exotic holiday in Asia.
The Andaman Sea from the sky
You will dominate coconut palms, beaches, islets, rice paddies, temples, sugar loaves, sunsets, rivers, boats, sumptuous properties and above all, the fantastic Phang Nga Bay which is home to the James Bond Island, the setting for “The Man with the Golden Gun”. Limestone peaks set in pistachio green water strangely remind us of the famous Halong Bay in Vietnam. Some peaks reach 300 m high, they are covered with jungle. A panorama unique in the world with a taste of Asia. Nature has carved these giants in a grandiose way, at their foot, caves bristling with stalactites and stalagmites cover and discover as the tides go. Here is an incredible playground to discover by kayak or pirogue. Fishing villages on stilts, postcard beaches, especially Phra Nang, world famous as the perfect beach.
No physical condition
The weight of the motor is on average 20 kg, the use of the trolley can free you from this stealthy constraint. But you actually spend very little time on the ground with the engine at your back and when you put the throttle on, you don’t feel anything. The take-off run doesn’t require you to be a sprinter and the engine thrust does the work for you. The handling of the glider does not require any special strength, on the contrary everything has to be done smoothly.
Foot launch or cart launch?
On foot, you feel the magic of taking off running. In the cart, no physical effort is required, it replaces your shoulders and legs. ¨Les patents are valid for both and switching from one to the other does not require any further examination.
Flying on your own wings is going to bring you new emotions. Before your first flight, your instructor will take you on a tandem flight to discover these new sensations and let you take the controls. You will experience your first flight serenely, far from a jump into the unknown.
Advantages of the paramotor
The paramotor differs from other air sports: it is the most economical way to fly both in terms of low fuel consumption and investment in equipment. It is the smallest aircraft and the easiest to transport, it can fit in two bags, to fit in the trunk of a car or in the hold of a plane.
The easiest to learn and fly, the safest to practice. Take-offs and landings are carried out on completely flat, clear and level areas, offering a large margin of error and very safe.
The engine offers autonomy, freedom, take-off on flat ground, low and high altitudes in a larger flight window than its colleagues. As for the paraglider, it is a form of lift which implies safety and great stability.
Simple piloting and quick learning
Flying is child’s play, pull the right brake to go right, the left to go left, on both to complete a smooth landing. Throttle to go up, hold them to stay at the same altitude, release them to go down. The training lasts about 5 days for a beginning of autonomy.
And in case of engine failure?
When it is flown in suitable weather conditions, there is virtually no risk involved. You don’t have to worry about a possible engine failure: all you have to do is find a safe landing field and let yourself gently descend, carried by your glider. The paramotor is also sure that you will be careful.
At the end of the training
A world of freedom is opening up to you. Only you can limit your adventures. It’s a great way to photograph or film at a low altitude, slowly and with easy framing changes. Mark also uses it as a means of monitoring and conserving elephants for the National Park Service.
The sky on a platter A SEAL ADVENTURES exclusivity
Until now, such an experiment was hardly possible without a certain know-how and a quantity of complex ingredients. We have taken the lead in bringing it within your reach without constraints and in the greatest comfort. Today, this trip, this course, this adventure is an exclusive SEAL ADVENTURES, we bring you the sky on a plate.
Kangook is the brand of paramotor used by the SEARCH PROJECTS of RED BULL. Two of the world’s greatest paraglider pilots are scouring the planet in search of secret spots where no one has flown before.
A baptism before departure
Before leaving, you can take part in a baptism with our partner. If you book this trip afterwards, we will offer it to you as a discount.
We provide round trips between your hotel and the airfield with a private driver.
Traditional Thai massages
During your training, relax during a massage in the purest tradition of this country that masters the subtleties.
For those accompanying you or in parallel with your training
There is so much to do and discover that time is running out:
– Have your baptism or train to scuba diving with our instructor.
– Take a Thai cooking or yoga class.
– Enjoy treatments in the famous Thai spas, discover the beaches, the markets, the temples.
– We can provide you with a driver for the day.
Highlights of this aerial adventure
An exclusive and rare experience
Personalized and French framing in the fairy-tale setting of the Andaman Sea
Take advantage of the country during your training, it only takes you 5 hours a day in two sessions.
European quality standards in the exotic setting of Asia
A holiday rhythm and atmosphere
An internship concept that gives access to the joys of the sky in record time
Take advantage of your new skill immediately at a world-class location
Two handles (the brakes) connected to the trailing (rear) edge of the wing by lines allow control of the wing.
1) After a pre-flight check of the glider and the power pack, the harness carabiners are attached to the wing’s risers.
2. The wing is completely spread out on the ground, perpendicular to the wind axis.
3. The engine is started and preheated.
4. The pilot faces into the wind with both brakes and the throttle in his hands and, with a firm movement, pulls the leading edge risers symmetrically, causing the wing to rise and inflate gradually.
5. When the wing is above the pilot’s head, the pilot makes a quick visual check and starts the run with maximum throttle.
6. When a sufficient speed is reached, the lift of the wing is sufficient to make the pilot take off from the ground. The pilot maintains the heading with the brakes.
7. When the pilot has reached a safe height of at least 10 meters, he sits in the harness.
1 The pilot approaches the landing area at a sufficient altitude (about 30 metres) into the wind.
2. When ready to land, the pilot shuts down the engine using the button on the throttle.
3. The pilot maintains the correct direction into the wind (imperative) and maximum speed (arms up) and descends towards the landing point.
4. 2 or 3 meters above the ground, the pilot gradually pulls the brakes to achieve a “flare” which slows the wing down, reduces its lift and allows it to land as smoothly as possible.
5. In one or two seconds, the pilot’s feet touch the ground and he only has to take a few steps forward to accompany the movement of the wing (which continues to fly and advance slowly).
6. The pilot controls the wing with the brakes and turns to face the wing and then collapses the wing by pulling firmly on the brakes.
What’s a paramotor?
1.leading edge box air inlet that allows the pressurization of the wing and gives it its profile.
2. The wing is made of a special polyester fabric, very resistant (including to ageing).
3. The trailing edge is connected to the brakes, which allow the control of the wing.
4. The wing is connected to the harness by means of lines made of extremely strong Kevlar.
5. The risers, grouped together by the lines, are used by the pilot to inflate the glider during the take-off phase.
The powerplant, the power pack
1.The protective cage allows the lines to slide along it during the take-off phase.
2.The propeller transmits the engine power and generates the thrust. The propellers are made of wood or laminate (carbon).
3.The engine is a two-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with a displacement generally between 80 and 210 cm3. The power output is between 14 HP and 26 HP depending on the model.
4.The tank can hold up to 16 litres of two-stroke mixture and ensures an autonomy of 3 to 5 hours of flight.
5.The throttle controls the engine speed and has two buttons: one for the electric starter and the other for stopping the engine.
The harness, the link between the two
1.The carabiners are used to attach the risers to the harness.
2.The safety buckles are used to close the harness straps to keep the pilot safely seated on the harness board.
3.The harness board (seat) is very comfortable and allows you to fly for hours without getting tired.
The power train (with a rigid structure) is connected to the harness.
Initial paramotor training
Progress of the Training
It consists of five steps:
1 Presentation of the paraglider wing and the harness
We will first examine the wing, its structure, capabilities, limitations and precautions for use. This includes pre-flight and post-landing checks. The position of the wing and the placement of the pilot when handling the wing on the ground, the inflation and collapsing techniques of the wing. Understanding and using the risers and brake controls. Knowing how to manoeuvre the wing on the ground is a prerequisite for the first flight. Everyone learns differently, the time needed to develop these skills depends on several factors but the instructors’ pedagogy and simple equipment adapted to beginners makes learning easier.
2 Introduction to engine operation using a simulator
With the simulator, you will be able to familiarize yourself with the use of the engine. It teaches you how to get in, how to properly adjust the harness, how to get in and out with the throttle and brake controls in hand. The student’s first flight will be practiced with the simulator to make sure that the flight plan and all signals from the instructor on the ground are well understood.
3 Combined use of the wing and engine
Initially, the student will simply have to walk, run and learn to balance the movements of his body with the motor on his back. With the use of the trolley, this learning is not necessary.
This allows getting used to the weight, noise, thrust and torque of the motor through the different power levels. Practice a good attachment of the wing to the harness from the back or from the front depending on the type of take-off you are planning. This includes body placement, riser and brake control for correct inflation of the wing with the engine running. After mastering these skills, the student will complete a short theoretical exam that will allow a discussion of any outstanding issues.
4 The first solo flight
This is the first step for the student pilot on the road to autonomy. In calm weather conditions, the apprentice pilot will make his first flight in his comfort zone under the supervision of his instructor who will guide him from A to Z on the radio and possibly with assistance for the take-off run. This first wing flapping is the result of the physical and theoretical understanding of paramotor flight. It is performed in calm conditions so that this first flight takes place in the student’s comfort zone.
5 The continuation of your training
Following this first flight, the training continues. First with the precautions of use and maintenance of the engine, the models available in the region where your practice is planned. You will then learn the basics of meteorology and how the weather affects our flights: wind direction and speed, turbulence and its causes. You will begin to understand the clouds and phenomena that tell you about the environment in which you fly. We will return to flying to develop automatisms.