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About Paramotoring

 

Paramotoring is the easy, relatively safe and most accessible form of powered aviation. The entire aircraft fits into the boot of a small car and can be assembled for flight within a few minutes.

 

A paramotor consists of a backpack-style ultralight aircraft-engine called a Paramotor; attached to which is a standard Paraglider wing. These paraglider wings are same wings which are also flown, without power, from hills and mountains.

 

Paramotors can be safely flown from an area as small as a soccer field. The pilot gets into the harness and lifts the engine on his back, does his regular checks, starts the engine, glances at the laid out glider, opens power and within a few steps takes-off. Once taken off, he gains height as long as the power is on. On reaching the desired height he reduces power and maintains level height. Now, he can decide whether to continue flying on the local field or to proceed on a cross-country flight. He has directional control and turns right or left using the control line. He ascends by opening power and descends by reducing power. Thus he has all the necessary maneuverability. For landing he cuts power or keeps the engine running on idle on his landing approach, descends close to the ground, flares and lands with a smooth touch down within a few steps. Video Link

Flying speed is typically around 40 to 55 km/h depending on the wind and the wing. Ten-liters of fuel deliver three hours flying time. In good weather conditions, flights of over 100 km can be easily attempted.

 

Flying time may be extended by gliding and soaring, using lift from thermals, or from air rising over mountains, known as ridge-lift. In this manner, altitude may be maintained or gained, without using the motor, thus conserving fuel. The motor may be switched off; and re-started in-flight when required.

 

If the motor happens to quit in flight, the wing, which is essentially a glider, will float the pilot gently and safely back to Earth. In fact, it is normal practice to switch the motor off once you are on safe landing approach.

 

It is fun flying a paramotor between 500 feet and 1000 feet above ground level, though they are capable of flying as high as 10,000 feet and more.

 

The most widely used engine is a 210 cc, single-cylinder, 2-stroke engine; delivering around 12 to 15 horsepower. The complete backpack unit usually weighs less than 25 kilograms. The better models sport a tuned exhaust system to boost power and performance, delivering around 22 to 25 horsepower, and around 70 kg of static thrust.

 

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Paramotoring flight by Samson Dsilva Space Apple

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Paramotoring?

Paramotoring is paragliding with power. A two-stroke engine with a propeller is attached to the back of the pilot along with the paraglider. With the help of a throttle the pilot accelerates the engine and gets pushed forward. The paraglider inflates and starts generating lift proportional to the thrust of the engine. After gaining the desired altitude the pilot reduces the amount of throttle and cruises. He can control his rate of ascent, decent, turning, landing etc. A Paramotor is termed as one of the smallest aircraft in the world. It is capable of traveling long distances, gaining great heights like 10,000 feet if not more and staying up for hours together. Unlike other conventional powered aircraft it is capable of taking off and landing in small open fields.

 

Where can I learn Paramotoring?

We have the facilities to train interested people to learn paramotoring. It generally takes around 15 to 20 days to learn paramotoring. The training is subject to weather conditions. There are two stages of training a) basic b) intermediate. You could ask for the syllabus for both the courses. It is recommended that one should have some experience on flying paraglider.

 

Can anybody learn to fly a paramotors?

Yes, anybody above 18 years of age and in good physically condition can fly a paramotor. It is recommended that one completes the non-powered paragliding course before taking up paramotoring. Paramotoring also demands knowledge on meteorology, theory of flight, air navigation, and air regulations. It is important that you learn from a qualified and experienced Instructor.

 

Where can I buy a paramotor from? How much do they cost?

These paramotors are imported since none of them are manufactured in India as of now. A complete set of single seater, which includes a paramotor, glider, and a harness would costs around Rs. 4.00 lakhs.

 

How safe is Paramotoring?

Paramotoring is safe to a pilot who has done training under a professional Instructor and has gained sound knowledge in related aviation subjects. Learn the correct standard operating procedures. Regularly inspect the flying equipment. Do not venture into areas without landing fields. Generally speaking paramotoring has very good safety record. It is very rightly said, “Any kind of flying can be made as safe or as dangerous as you would like to have it" This very much applies to Paramotoring too. Do not take unnecessary chances. Listen to your inner self. Read the weather. Maintain your equipment in good condition. We don't' see why things should go wrong.

 

What is the safety equipments required for paramotoring?

Paramotoring also requires the same safety equipment which is used while flying a non-powered paraglider, i.e. Good ankle protection shoes, helmet, knee guards, soft leather gloves, wind sock and a reserve parachute.

 

What is the noise level of a paramotor engine while flying?

The noise level of a cruising paramotor can be compared to that of a lawn mover. The take-off noise is more compared to the cruise. It is certainly not disturbing to the Pilot. Once gained the desired height, the pilot may reduce power or switch off the engine and start soaring in a thermal. The newer generation of paramotors are substantially quite.

 

How much is the weight of a paramotor and is it heavy for the back?

Single seater paramotor weigh approx. 18 to 25 kgs. In the beginning it may feel heavy. It’s just a matter of getting used to it. Carrying the paramotor on the back, we sometimes walk almost half a kilometer to the car park, after landing, You get inside the harness half a minute before the take-off and once taken off the paraglider holds the weight of the engine independently. During flight there is no engine load on the pilot.

 

What  is the fuel used for paramotors?

It is a petrol engine and works on the same petrol which as used in your bike. It is recommended that you mix synthetic or semi-synthetic oil in the petrol.

 

What is the maintenance cost?

If the paramotor is regularly inspected and kept in good condition; there is no maintenance cost. Most of the spares are imported and can be made available.

 

What potentials can I tap with a Paramotor?

With the help of a paramotor and sufficient skill level you can do the following:

1. Take of and land in a small open field.

2. Conduct flying demonstration.

3. Attain great altitude even beyond 10,000 feet (World record is around 18,000 feet)

4. On open fields and beaches you could fly as low as   30 feet if not lower.

5. Aerial photography, advertising, dropping of pamphlets and surveying fields.

6. Give joyrides with a two seater paramotor

7. Soar for hours together with the help of thermals, etc

8. Cover great distances on cross country flights.

 

How fast can one fly?

The speed of a paramotor is limited to the speed of the paraglider which could be around 35 to 50 kms per hour. But the ground speed depends on the wind speed and the direction. You can cover distance faster if you fly with the wind and slower against the wind. Paramotor is generally used for recreation more than as a mode of conveyance.

 

What could be the longest duration on a single paramotor flight?

The duration of a single flight depends on two primary factors - a) the weather conditions, b) the fuel capacity. If the weather is good one can switch off the engine and soar for long duration, say three to four hours.

On continuous power the fuel consumption is around an hour for every three liters of fuel. Generally speaking the modern paramotors will have at least 10 litres of fuel carrying capacity.

 

How much is the take off and landing run?

If you take-off facing the wind, it takes just 6 to 10 steps to take off and just two or three steps while landing. Good take off and landing also depends on how good you are at ground controlling of the paraglider. Longer and faster run is required in nil wind conditions, which should be avoided.

 

What happens if the engine stops functioning while flying?

Loss of power only limits your ability to climb higher or maintain altitude. Most of the new paramotors have an electric starter. One can restart the engine and continue. Supposing you are unable to start the engine for some reason, then you will glide down gently like a normal non-powered paraglider. Usually when you get into a thermal and going up steadily, it is prudent to switch off the engine and conserve fuel. It is recommended that the engine is switched off at least 100 feet above the ground, on your final approach, just before landing.

 

Does paramotoring attract licensing?
Fortunately, so far none in India. This does not mean that you can flout the Indian Air rules and Aviation regulations. You should know where and when not to fly. Keep yourself far from the air routes and wherever you are flying, keep a thorough lookout in every direction for passing aircrafts. Flying recklessly and irresponsibly may sooner or later force Civil Aviation authorities to impose strict regulations and licensing thereafter.

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