Safety Nate and laugh gas, I have little doubt that both of you guys will love both PG (paragliding) and PPG (powered paragliding). Hell, I'd bet that that goes for everyone here!! If you live in the flatlands (like me), as opposed to hilly/mountainous areas that are ripe with PG sites, then you will probably want to be primarily a PPG pilot. Otherwise (1) you will not get much air time and (2) you will have to travel for it. Paramotoring is an absolute blast. You can fly for 2-3 hours at a time in buttery smooth air. You can fly 2 inches off the ground, 30 feet or 3000 feet or more. You can fly local (out-and-back) or go on "cross-countries" of 20, 40, 50, 100 miles, etc. The perspective from the harness is unreal, to say nothing of the thrill. I have several hundred hours of PPG time and I still daydream about my next flight every day. I'm doing it right now. Right now I'm thinking that they're forecasting a heat-wave to come our way this weekend (40's) and I know that me and a few other locals will definitely be in the air for some relative shorties over the snow-covered tundra of NE Ohio. Having said all of that, I am still a big advocate of learning PG first, and then adding the motor. I would recommend learning PG at a site like http://www.flyaboveall.com/index.php or http://www.flytorrey.com/cms/, where the winds are consistent and the instruction very good. On the other hand, I have never given paragliding advice to a seasoned sky diver before. For that kind of person, I would be okay with recommending the motor-first route, for obvious reasons: you already have plenty of canopy time in the sky. You mainly need to learn the different feel of the paraglider (It goes up!!, hehe). Nate, I want to take you up on the offer. If you're really interested in getting up in the air on a paramotor I'll get you there. I have 4 motors and 5 wings (okay, I admit it, I'm a FREAK, lol). I also have the skills/talent to get you in the air safely. Just give me a call 216-410-4870. Dominic PS -- Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond. It is appreciated.