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Paramotors (PPG) can fly low and slow along the ground or a hundreds (or thousands) of feet in the air. We have a field of view much larger than an airplane or helicopter as there is no fuselage or cowling obstructing our field of vision. We are able to fly along rivers or washes where it may be difficult to see under the trees that line the washes or rivers. We fly in one of many search grid types, and are able to drop care backpacks that contain life saving and life sustaining items, such as 3 day rations of water/food, emergency whistles, thermal blankets, gloves, flashlights, first aid kit, snake bite kit, glow sticks, etc. The back pack also contains basic instructions for the items in the pack and instructions on what to do if they are lost now that we have their coordinates, such as “staying put” so that they can be rescued.
The emergency backpack can be dropped from 5 feet in the air in some instances and slow speeds.
PPG SAR can scan large swaths of land effectively “ruling out” areas that no longer need to be searched, so professional Search & rescue teams can narrow the search to other areas.
We can even provide a phone where provided to us by the family or authorities. It is even possible to fly medical professionals on a tandem Paramotor, directly to the individual(s) and land nearby to provide immediate medical attention where needed.
Of course, our paramotorists have demonstrated piloting skills, but have been properly instructed on GPS marking and coordinates will be immediately delivered to the authorities for a quick rescue.
Paramotor Search & Rescue has been effective in The State of New Mexico as mentioned in the popular Paramotoring website, Footflyer.com CLICK HERE
Distance covered is determined by how much fuel Paramotors can carry and that is sometimes determined by Paramotor type. Trikes can carry much more fuel than Foot launch which can extend the search radius by 25 miles or more. Depending on the fuel efficiency of a particular unit, a Paramotor with a full 5 gallons of fuel may fly for 2-4 hours, and depending on factors like “against” or “with” the wind, a paramotor can fly anywhere between 10-50 mph. It’s not uncommon for Paramotor pilots to cover 50 miles or more in a single flight.
We would typically be involved in Type 1 or Type 2 searches. This page provides good definitions of the search types.