I'm a PPG pilot and it's pretty friggin awesome. I fly a blackhawk 313 and Ozone Buzz Z. Electric will most certainly have the same problem we have with 4 stroke motors. You can only bring so much weight up with you and 4 strokes are just so heavy and weak that you can't bring up much gas. I hate two strokes because of the noise, smoke, and reliability but they are so light for the power they produce seems to be the primo way to go.Anybody on here do this type of paragliding, even with a gas motor? It looks awesome and I would like to pick someone's brain about getting into it.
Runways are a PITA. There is almost always some kind of membership fee, regulation, jump through hoops kind of thing you have to do to fly there. Much better to go out in the boonies and foot launch from an open field. Most of the “boonie fields” I have seen are too rough for wheel launch, that’s why I recommend a foot launch setup.
I find straight up free-flight paragliding to be more fun than motorized flight, just throw all your gear in your trunk, drive somewhere where the wind is blowing up a hill or something and go fly. Training is short; it only takes about a week or so to get enough training to avoid a grizzly incompetent death.
Paragliders are better at ridge lift and hang gliders are better at flying thermal lift. If you fly a paraglider you go out in the morning wait until it picks up enough to fly and fly around for a few hours until you start getting spanked by the strong thermals "rodeo air" and land. If you fly a hang glider you wait until the thermals get strong, usually when the paragliders are starting to land and try to get as high as you can, the thermals get weaker and weaker as the day progresses and you are eventually forced to land, usually around the time when the paragliders are back out again for an afternoon flight.
Here's a video of me flying torrey.