How good do I need to be?

We recognise that as a relatively new sport people have come to flying paramotors through all manner of routes. So we've scratched our heads to come up with a simple test we can apply to you lot before we issue the coveted green permit to fly. We wanted a quick test that is relevant to the Icarus. It's also something that those of you in training can use to test yourself against.

Adventure Division Requirements

Practical:

At the start line you'll be asked to take off from a specified location and then perform an engine off landing from 500 ft to within a 50 meters of a target. You will need to do this either first time of 2 out three times.

Multiple choice test

We'll ask you to complete a quick multiple choice test covering basic air law relevant to paramotoring and basic meteorology. For novice pilots we'll point you in the direction of everything you need to know once in the pilots handbook. We'll release an online sample test as well.

OR - do an approved training course.

Give us a call to check what you're doing covers this off.

Race Division Requirements

Practical:

At the start line you'll be asked to take off from a specified location and then perform an engine off landing from 500 ft to within a 10 meters of a target. You will need to do this either first time of 2 out three times.

Multiple choice test

We'll ask you to complete a quick multiple choice test covering basic air law relevant to paramotoring and basic meteorology. We'll point you in the direction of everything you need to know once in the pilots handbook.  We'll release an online sample test as well.

OR - do an approved training course.

Give us a call to check what you're doing covers this off.

TRAINING FOR THE ICARUS TROPHY

For those of you who want to take up paramotoring from scratch or for those who just require a brush-up you will need to get out and learn some stuff. We've teamed up with some of the best trainers in the world to launch an Icarus Trophy specific training course. Something that recognises that this type of flying is rather unlike any other. Hopefully some of you lot will find it useful. There are also loads of well recognised courses out there you can sign up to that will get you up to a good standard.

You'll probably fall into somewhere in one of these three categories:

NOVICE

I KNOW NOTHING
except I know I want to do this. 

It is perfectly possible to go from never having flown to taking part in the Icarus Trophy. It's unlikely that you'll get straight into the Race Class but not impossible.

Theoretically you could pick up one of these machines and fling yourself straight at the sky. You probably won't make it off the ground but, in most countries, you won't be breaking any laws for trying. 

Luckily for you, we've already found some of the finest damn instructors out there to take you on and get you from landbound lemon to sky champion. 

Many of our previous pilots were beginners at the start of the year. With a bit of effort the sky can be your playground.

It depends a lot on how good you are at learning stuff but you could do this pretty cheaply if you have time to practice. Have a gander at Tom's cheapskates guide to doing the Icarus.

Give us a shout and we can start you in the right direction.

PILOT

I CAN FLY
but i'm not sure if I have all the skills yet.

This description is obviously fairly broad. If you can already fly, what's most likely is that you could use some Icarus specific skills and practice.

Taking on the world's longest paramotor race is not quite the same as flying for short periods of time or non-competitively. For those of you who are already flying around and have at least good number hours of flight time, you can skip to the more advanced courses.

As will everyone, you'll need to submit a 100km demo flight to qualify and you'll get tested on your skills before you get set free on the race.

Evaluate your skill level and decide how much extra stuff you could do with learning. If you're not sure give us or one of our official training partners a shout to talk about it.

You should get out and practice long distance flying loaded up as much as possible.

 

PRO

I'M A PRO
I could fly this backwards. Naked.

Hats off to you.  Why didn't you tell us about this sport earlier?

You're already bloody good at flying and this is the arena to prove it; the longest paramotor race in the world.

However because this is a whole new cup of racing tea everybody will have to qualify for the race by passing a pre-race flying, kit and knowledge test. This applies whether you're a world record holder or trained up specifically for the race. 


Official Training Partners

There are loads of great teachers out there. You don't have to use our official partners but we know these guys are awesome. They've all been heavily involved in getting the Icarus Trophy off the ground so they know better than most what lies ahead. They will also all offer the Icarus specific training course.

 

Europe

Skyschool

https://www.skyschooluk.com
+44 (0) 20 8133 0229

Beginners courses from 3- 12 days, usually available between:

7th May -18th June (Italy)
1st July - 24th Aug (UK)
10th Sept - 22nd Oct (Italy)

Prepare for Icarus X: 
June 28th-30th

USA

Team Fly Halo

http://flyhalo.com
+1-855-FLY-HALO

Based in Oregon, California and Texas, the chaps at Team Fly Halo are intimately acquainted with the Icarus and the flying requirements. Contact Shane and Byron directly to discuss dates and locations. If they can't help they'll be happy to recommend a trainer from their vast network.

Australia

High Adventure Paragliding

http://www.highadventure.com.au
+61(0) 429 844 961

Dates:

January is already SOLD OUT

10th-22nd Feb is still available


OTHER Requirements

The XC Demo flight

Because the Icarus is it's own curiosity all pilots have to submit a 100km demo flight to HQ. That may seem like a big undertaking when you first start out but it is both rather fun and a bloody good eye opener for what you might get massively wrong. We recommend you get stuck in as early as possible to try this out.