Powered Paragliding News 2007
What's Happening around the sport of Powered Paragliding and
Cold Weather Gear
Dec 18, 2007
Jeff Shriner of Shri-Brova
Productions lives and flies in the cold. He's now making life better for
cold weather fliers by selling Gerbing's line of heated attire.
For gloves, he has found that the Snow style works better than the Camo
style—well worth their extra $20.00 cost. He carries spare power supplies
for the extra serious cold weather pilots.
Core Heat Gloves Snow version -
"V" Lite Heated Vest - $99.00ea, Shipping - $10.00
All items come standard, backed by a full manufacturers warrantee from
Gerbing. The vests are adjustable enough to just about everybody below
For more information, visit
www.pappg.com or call 610-527-0882. Checks can be made out payable to:
Jeff Shriner, 741 Moore Avenue #1A, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.
Birdz Eyeware Distributor
Dec 17, 2007
Looking cool is merely a
byproduct of the intended eye protection. AeroSmack.com is now a distributor
for Birdz Eyeware--appropriate since AeroSmack also deals with paramotor and
aviation themed apparel. PPG Pilot and Proprieter Adam Bell tested the gear
before taking on the line.
Products include many goggles and sunglasses
with padding so that dirt, snow and wind are kept out of the eyeballs. Adam
found them durable, functional and do what they say for an affordable price.
The padded shades are great for flying and any other activity. The clear
Wing model is cool to have when it's overcast or low light—very light weight
and do a great job.
Electric PPG Closer to Market
Dec 10, 2007
Yuneec International is getting
closer to making the Electric PPG available to the masses. They now have
specifications and body design complete. More information is at
New Taiwanese Paraglider Fabric Maker
Dec 9, 2007
A Taiwan based company, Hsienchi
Textile Industry Co. Ltd., is offering their capability for Paragliding and
Parasailing fabrics. Their press release indicates they've been supporting
Paragliding and Parasailing manufacturers for some time on developing new
fabrics including the following:
All fabric is Nylon 6.6 Rip-Stop, high
tenacity, durable, lightweight with an excellent durability and strength.
Parasailing fabrics are treated with double side silicone, single side
silicone and elastimer silicone coating or silicone and polyurethane based
compounds. Also, elastimer finishing is available and is light and strong
ideal for customers who operate high winds and low winds and operators who
require greater durability.
They are highly water proof, shedding water and drying out very quickly.
The Rip-Stop designs limit tearing when damage does occur.
Paragliding fabrics have a coating that keeps airproof properties, low
weight while remaining crispy and recovering quickly from being packed up.
They will retain their crisp handle and appearance even after continuous
They're willing to work with those developing new products. They said
"Hsienchi offers you the lowest price available. We will not compromise
quality or safety for price, but we are able to offer the lowest prices
because we are the largest supplier of paragliding and parasailing fabrics
Consumers probably won't have much use for this info but if you're
thinking of designing a paraglider, contact them!
International Trading Department, Hsienchi Textile Industry Co. Ltd.
Website: www.hsienchi.com.tw Skype
ID : hsienchi.kevin
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com &
Address:Gong 8th Rd.Shengang Township,Changhua County
Country name: Taiwan(R.O.C)
TEL: 886-4-7989201-5, FAX: 886-4-7989206
Dec 8, 2007
This item was sufficiently
interesting to garner its own page. Please
visit here for a video and the full story on what could become the
coolest thing to happen under a canopy. A December 2007 PPG Radio Show
segment included information from Chris Bowles about the craft.
Fresh Breeze Solo Xcitor
Nov 25, 2007
Fresh Breeze has introduced a single-place
version of it's popular PPC hybrid, the Xcitor. This FAR 103 legal craft is
the Cadillac of carts with several features that make it cool for those who
don't mind a higher sticker price.
It weighs under 120 kg (264 Lbs) and
uses many of the 2 place Xcitor components including the capability to
serves as its own trailer.
It will be available in 2008 with different engine options: 1) 50 HP twin
2 cycle Hirth, 2) a 48 HP V Twin 4-Cycle and 3) the 50 HP XR 50 Wankel
(Rotary) engine of recent Everest Fame (without the supercharger).
The Xcitor solo uses the purpose designed Xwing, developed in cooperation
with Swing. It's 24 m˛ wing includes the proprietary trim system that allows
for airspeeds up to 35 mph (56 km/h).
For more information visit
Paratoys Low Boy
Nov 23, 2007
Paratoys has introduced a new low-slung quad
called the Low Boy. It intends to be highly tip-resistant while being well
balanced and sharp looking. The wide after fiberglass axles improve
stability and provide a measure of shock absorbtion. They contract into
their tubes for transport in a standard flatbed pickup truck.
The cart is
intended and works best with Blackhawk paramotors but could likely also work
with others. A separate seat means that the paramotor harness is removed
before mounting to the cart.
This unit is intended for both solo and tandem operations by virtue of
having space of a front harness and the ability to hook the wing up on one
of many frame holes.
Wheels are high enough speed that it can be run around on the ground even
without the wing.
For more information visit
Nov 20, 2007 courtesy Jerry Foisel
People who just discover this sport
frequently wonder why it doesn't take off, surmizing "if only it had the
exposure of other sports." We do, in fact, get exposure and a few
instructors do see inquires go up but not much beyond that.
Will Gadd was on the Discovery Channel recently with his trip accross the
U.S. on a PPG. That show landed on the front page of a local Las Vegas
tabloid in a beautiful picture showing Gadd flying low. We'll see if schools
get swamped but somehow I doubt it.
Jerry Foisel in Las Vegas recently
sent us this and appears to be good coverage of the sport. He says it didn't
generate much interest, less than Brittany or OJ.
Enjoying the Cold
Nov 18, 2007
If you fly in the cold, Pennsylvania's Jeff
Shriner has a solution to warm your chilly blues. He doesn't sell these
heated accessories stuff but recommends them highly.
There is a reported
to be a big difference between this product and cheaper AA battery powered
stuff that costs much less. The adage "you get what you pay for" is
Two elements make it work,
Heated gloves costing just under $200 and a
heated vest that
goes for $100. Jeff says they work extremely well and found the expense well
Thanks to Jeff Shriner at
www.PAppg.com for sharing.
Photo courtesy Bruce Brown
PPG In Ireland
Nov 12, 2007
Pilots who paramotor in Ireland have a new
It's set-up mainly to provide a forum for pilots in Ireland to communicate
and share information in non commercial format with no involvement in
schools or suppliers.
PPG In Switzerland
Nov 6, 2007
Like to paramotor? Be glad you don't live in
Apparently, due to noise concerns, the government severely restricts
activities that are perceived as too loud. Amazingly, they don't try to find
limited areas where citizens can engage in fun but noisy pursuits. It would
seem the freedoms of one group trump every other group. Sad indeed.
true that soaring sites abound, contributing to a 20,000 pilot population of
free flyers. So there is less need for power but, as any paramotorist will
explain, our unique freedom is going where you want, not just where the lift
Consequently, there is keen interest in Electric PPG. According to
Swiss paramotor hopeful Oliver Padina, the prospective pilot must build an
experimental aircraft and get an international license. You'll still need
special permission to fly your craft and then must remain with 3 miles (5
km) of your home airport. At least the license is hard to get.
Oliver says that their FAR's require powered aircraft to have a high wing
loading of 20 kg/m˛ (44 lbs/m˛) to fly in the country. That's way
higher than a PPG.
For the sake of liberating Swiss paramotor hopefuls, we
collectively hope that the electric PPG takes off and that Oliver and
company is successful.
Nov 4, 2007
|A new electric paramotor prototype has
reportedly been created in Holland. Visit
www.ElectricPPG.com for more info.
Oct 28, 2007
With the world's best paramotor pilots
gathered in China, Michel Carnet got to try a new Electric paramotor
developed by Richard of Helix. It's a real machine using existing technology
on a standard frame. He talks about it on the
PPG Radio show uploaded Oct 29, 2007.
There is also an article on it in the latest issue of
electric paramotor information can be seen at
Electric PPG Production Prototype
Oct 11, 2007
Just the sound of that title is exciting.
After a long draught of data from the company, Yuneec International has come
out with information on what may become the first production electric
Gilo Cardozo of Parajet appears to be part of the project, primarily for
cage design and building. Judging from the look of his Parajet model, it
will be more Tesla than Prius. I'm sure it will look good. Hopefully it will
provide safe protection as well.
The press release is on
Footflyer Traffic Milestone
Sept 29, 2007
In September 2007
FootFlyer.com passed 50,000 page reads per month. Thanks for visiting!
It is our hope to help preserve this incredible pursuit
in its minimally regulated form. Responsible behavior is the best way and,
with but a few exceptions, we are collectively doing a good job.
Thanks to those who help make this a useful stop on
the paramotor information highway. Your contributions have benefited the
site and its readers.
More is on the way, including a detailed treatment of
wheeled options for PPG pilots. It will first appear in a two-part
Powered Sport Flying magazine piece but will then be placed in Chapter 6 under
Educational. It represents input from nearly a dozen experienced wheel
pilots and instructors.
Sept 18, 2007
A sad turn of personal affairs led a popular
Eagle Mountain resident and PPC pilot to take his own life while flying his
Some of the reports erroneously called it a powered
paraglider and, worse yet, indicated he was trying to escape the police. Not
likely in a craft with a maximum speed of 35 mph. More probable is that, for
whatever reason, he'd had enough of life and decided to make his own final
exit. How sad for those he left behind.
Here's the report as posted on the
local paper's website,
DONNA MILAKOVIC AND JOE PYRAH - Daily Herald
A popular Eagle Mountain resident who shot and killed himself while flying
a power parachute on Wednesday night left a message on a friend's phone
hours before and "sounded fine."
Greg Kehl was
found dead after police responded to a domestic disturbance at his home
shortly after 5 p.m. Kehl, 42, was attempting to leave his home via his
power parachute when people there took the keys. He then fired a pistol,
not at anyone, before the keys were handed over, said Utah County
Sheriff Lt. Darin Durfey.
The aircraft crashed
near American Fork around 6:17 p.m. Durfey declined to go into detail
about a possible motive for the suicide, other than to say Kehl did have
stresses in his life.
Kehl was popular enough in
Eagle Mountain to have a building named after him -- the Greg Kehl
Public Works Building located on Sweetwater Road in Town Center. He left
behind a wife and two teenage sons. His friends said Thursday that they
were surprised by the events leading up to his death. Kehl, an Eagle
Mountain City Councilman from 2000 to 2004 and mayoral candidate in
2001, was remembered as having a good sense of humor and being direct.
"I was shocked when I heard. It was totally out of
character," said Diane Jacobs, a friend of Kehl's. "He was phenomenal,
meticulous, fun, a super dad. He loved his kids beyond belief and his
wife as well. Greg had a way of telling a story that would just keep you
in stitches for hours."
Diane Bradshaw, a friend of the Kehl family said, "He
was a very colorful person. He loved his wife. He would have done
anything for his boys, and he was one of the funniest people I know."
She said Kehl was known for his cleanliness and that he grew wonderful
strawberries in his garden. Bradshaw received a phone message from Kehl
hours before his death and she said he sounded fine. She said she
couldn't explain what happened, but hopes that the public will respect
the Kehl family during this difficult time.
Lofgren, who served with Kehl on the City Council, said Kehl "really
cared about the City and not his own agenda." Lofgren also said, "What I
loved about Greg was that he was not afraid to tell you what he really
felt. He was very open, very easy to get along with. He will be very
Willie Miller, who bought a power parachute from Kehl a
few years ago, said Kehl was "very fair and friendly." Miller flew with
Kehl more than a dozen times and said Kehl was "very good at what he was
doing." Miller also said, "Greg was very knowledgeable about flying and
very safe. He was very meticulous about his trailer and truck.
Everything was immaculately beautiful. If there where specks of dirt on
his parachute from the landing he cleaned it off immediately." Miller
said he spotted Kehl's parachute headed southwest over the Cedar Valley
Airport Wednesday around 5 p.m. and thought the wind was a little strong
for flying, but did not think much of it until he later heard the news
of the crash in American Fork.
The sheriff's office is asking residents in the American
Fork and Highland areas for help with locating the gun used in the
suicide, which was not found at the scene. "We're talking a huge area,"
The gun is described as silver .357
revolver with a wooden hand grip, between 4 and 6 inches long. Police
ask that residents in the area look in their yards and fields for the
weapon. If found, the gun shouldn't be moved by anyone other than a
police officer. Anyone with information about the gun should call police
at 851-4100 or 911.
The investigation is
ongoing, and pending autopsy and toxicology results may be available in
the next month or month and half. Linda Peterson, Community Relations
Coordinator for Eagle Mountain, spoke on behalf of the city Thursday.
"It's a very sad event. We extend our sympathy to his
family," Peterson said.
Greg Kehl had listed his 2004 Powrachute Pegasus for
sale on 5/26/2007. It was listed as "Spotless, Always stored inside."
Liberty & Responsibility
Aug 22, 2007
Our actions have consequences beyond
appearance. I was sent a
news report (included below in case the link disappears) that highlights
a different kind of risk. Although the craft in this case was probably a
fixed wing, it doesn't really matter. The reporter rightly quoted FAR 103
that requires us to not create a risk to others. Low flying has lots of
potential to do just that even in rural areas. We must be careful to
minimize this type of risk. We're given lots of liberty but must be mindful
of the associated responsibility.
Yes, this report smacks of the usual
journalistic sensationalism but we can learn from it no less. This is how
the public will perceive such an event. Good or bad, it's our reality. Fly
8-Year-Old Emma Emch Injured When…Loud, Low Flyer
Barry Hoff 15.AUG.07
The peaceful quiet of the rural Emch home was pierced Friday evening,
August 3, by a small, probably ultralight, aircraft, as it had been many
times this summer. This time the plane proved to be more than just a
noisy nuisance and the “neighborhood” is upset.
That Friday evening, Emma Emch and her parents, Scott and Amy, of rural
New Auburn, were out riding horses in a 17 acre field on their private
property. They had come to the edge of a woods and Amy warned Emma that
a deer might come out of the woods and spook her horse. However, it
wasn’t a deer they needed to worry about, it was the ultralight or small
plane that came over the trees. “It was only about 50 feet above us,
very loud and very unexpected,” said Amy.
The noise spooked Emma’s horse which took off at a dead
run across the field. Amy kept her head and fought her mother’s urge to
give chase, instead heading out on an alternate course to try and get
ahead of the run-a-way horse. Unfortunately, the pilot of the aircraft
didn’t veer off to the left or the right but continued on course in the
direction the horse had taken off running. Amy said the horse might have
calmed down and stopped if the plane had changed direction. “It was
almost like he was playing chase,” Amy said, “From the air it might have
looked real pretty when the horse took off across the field with her
tail in the air, but it was terrifying for a mom when her daughter is on
Emma stayed with the horse until it made a quick turn
right and Emma “took a quick left,” as her mom said. Emma came down on
her left arm, completely severing the bone. The doctor’s at both Luther
Midlefort Chippewa Valley in Bloomer and Luther Midelfort Eau Claire
were so concerned about nerve damage from the severity of the injury
they transferred Emma directly to Mayo in Rochester, MN. In a cast up to
her shoulder, Emma finally got her first full nights sleep without
waking for pain medication on Saturday night, over a week after the
“The doctors kept asking me if I could move my fingers,”
Emma told Meghan Kulig from TV13 on Friday. Amy later explained that the
doctors were very surprised that there wasn’t permanent nerve damage.
This wasn’t the first time the aircraft was seen this
summer by the Emch’s, who moved to the property 10 years ago because of
its secluded location on the end of a dead-end road. Amy said they’ve
seen or at least heard the plane on a very regular basis this summer.
“At least every weekend for sure,” said Amy. At times the plane has come
right over their house. “It’s an invasion of privacy,” Amy said. It
sounds like a go-cart or loud lawn mower she said, adding, “If it was a
dirt bike or four-wheeler they wouldn’t be allowed on our property or to
The accident, and subsequent publicity, has gotten the
attention of people from just east of New Auburn on up to the Chain Lake
area who have also been seeing a small aircraft flying very low and
sometimes very close to homes, livestock or docks. Amy says people are
calling her and leaving their names and numbers wanting to know how they
can also can lodge a formal complaint. Both the FAA and the Chippewa
County Sheriff’s Department are looking into the incident in which Emma
broke her arm.
If the aircraft is a true powered ultralight, (i.e.
weighs less than 254 pounds empty, fuel capacity not exceeding 5 U.S.
gallons, air speed not more than 55 knots and power off stall speed not
exceeding 24 knots), there is no minimum elevation or distance from
objects specified in the FAA regulations. However, the ultralight
regulations (Part 103) do state “No person may operate any ultralight
vehicle in a manner that creates a hazard to other persons or property,”
and the FAA can fine an ultralight operator who breaks that regulation.
Ultralights do not have to be registered with the FAA but Wisconsin
State Statute 114.195(2) requires ultralights to display an
identification number assigned by an organization, approved by the
Department of Transportation, which issues identification numbers for
If it turns out the aircraft is bigger than an
ultralight the plane would fall under Part 91.119(c) of the Code of
Federal Regulations, Title 14 - Aeronautics and Space, which says that
in sparsely populated areas an aircraft may not be operated closer than
500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle or structure.
Persons who believe they are having problems with an
ultralight aircraft should contact their local sheriff’s department. The
FAA office in Milwaukee would handle complaints about other aircraft.
Emma Emch, 8, suffered a broken arm when she fell
from her mare, Scharina, when the horse took a quick right turn at a
dead run after being spooked by a low-flying aircraft.
Radio Show Update
Aug 11, 2007
A new method for producing the radio show
has been established that improves quality and makes it more flexible for
the hosts. I will now be producing them for the time being although that
duty may rotate.
As always, we try to provide intelligent treatment of
various subjects, even if we don't always agree on them. In fact, that
disagreement usually leads to more interesting radio.
www.PoweredParaglidingRadio.com for the latest episode and thanks for
listening. Your input is welcome. Thanks for continued encouragement to keep
producing the show. It's a lot of work none of is is particularly interested
in making a job out of it which is why, at this point, advertising is not
Image courtesy the BBC.
Record PPG Attempt Aborted for Weather and Mechanical, Trike Record Set
July 9, 2007 (Sidebar text added)
Weather didn't cooperate for Spanish
record-hunters attempting 1500 km in Sweden July 2, 2007. They did manage to
set a world record in Paratrike (PL2) and Dani Martinez announced that he
will try again in August. His team partner Paco Diaz, who flew with a
cameraman in a tandem trike (Fly Products Eco 2 with a Gin Beetle glider of
41m2), set a new PL2 world distance record of 430 km. Paco, an expert trike
pilot, reported very strong conditions, with thermals up to 2000 fpm (10
m/s.) He landed at dusk with 40 litres of fuel remaining.
Dani was forced
to land after covering around 310 miles (500 km) in straight line due to
stormy weather on his route and some problems with the paramotor. First, the
exhaust pipe broke causing the engine to lose power along with lots of
noise. Then, Dani hit a very strong thermal and one of the fuel bags on the
side of the paramotor touched the tip of the propeller. “Suddenly I took a
shower of fuel; it was very scary to think that I could burn up there with a
spark! So, I killed the engine and waited to get dry to restart it, but I
had lost nearly 35 litres of fuel—a third of the total. Moreover, I had a
full tank on the other side and the weight forced me to correct the course
with the glider brake for the next 6 hours—very tiring”, recalls Dani.
Still, he thought it would be possible to complete a big part of the
route if there was south wind on the way, as forecasted, so he pressed on.
Paco decided to land safely before it got dark and left Dani alone heading
to the midnight sun. After some distance, he found a threatening cloud on
the way and decided it was the end of the journey but not of the
X-Sweden 1500 project.
“The most difficult part of a challenge like this is to have all the
elements you need to complete it: right weather, no engine failures, good
wind for launch, a bit of luck… But I am now convinced that it is possible
to do it. I felt well during the flight despite the difficulties, and I know
I will be able to make it, maybe in August when I go back to Sweden, if the
weather cooperates”, says Dani, who flew a Fly Products paramotor with
Corsair engine and high hang point, and a Paramania Revolution glider of 36
m2. The pilot launched with 140 kg of gear on his back after waiting until
10:30 am for some wind to help with the inflation.
The former European champion gave special thanks to the ‘X-Sweden 1500’
supporters and all the people that followed the record attempt on internet
last Monday. “Records are there to be beaten, and I hope to offer you all a
1500km-flight soon”, he concluded.
More information is available at
Dani and his team mates prepare for launch. Not surprisingly, it took a
few tries to get this behemoth airborne.
We asked for verification of the incredibly heavy weights involved and the
organizers kindly provided the following:
1. Motor was 68 pounds
2. 28 gallons (106 liters) of fuel was 185 pounds (using 6.6 pounds/gal).
3. Rescue chute, instruments, beacons and other safety elements (not
listed total) was
Weight of gear totaled 308 pounds (140 kg). Amazing. Just lifting that
much weight is a feat worthy of note let alone managing it for launch.
The A fully clothed and ready-for-flight Dani weighed.
July 2, 2007 (Sidebar text added)
|After several exchanges with Jerry Parles,
Chairman of the IPPHA, it's even more apparent that humans everywhere share
this passion for flight and the freedom to pursue it. We can only hope the
regulatory folks let their people experience it with an appropriate amount
of minimal rulemaking.
This also affects how pilots from the U.S. would
fly there, as well. We'd be welcomed there by the flyers, lets hope that
welcome extends from the government as well.
Jerry sent this off today:
We are currently in consultations with the
Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) regarding the licensing system for
powered paragliding and powered hanggliding in Ireland. We will post
important updates to legislation and how it may affect our national and
international powered pilots as it becomes available. In the meantime we
appreciate your input to assist us in finding a viable solution to the
following in the consultative process with the Authority.
We have asked the Authority for a means for
pilots from other jurisdictions that would enabled them to fly powered
PG & powered HG in Irish airspace on a temporary basis. However as it is
presently proposed, it would appear that some form of Class 2 medical
from a nationally approved air medical practitioner will be required,
along with a recognized national qualification/rating for powered PG or
powered HG from the pilots country of origin may be accepted.
We would like to hear/read your opinions on
whether this would accommodate visiting powered PG or powered HG pilots
to fly powered while on holiday in Ireland as an interim solution. This
process is by no means over and we would encourage and value your input
and suggestions with a view to moving the situation forward.
Best Regards, Michael Peters
Secretary, Irish Powered
Paragliding & Hang-gliding Association (IPPHA)
The association is trying to work with the authorities to minimize the
impact of planned regulation. Authorities are planning to implement a
private pilot license requirement for paramotor pilots in answer to a
perceived risk to other aviation and the prevalence of self training.
According Jerry Parles of IPPHA, numerous pilots have caused enough
raucous by flying low over populated areas that the authorities feel
compelled to act.
World Distance Record Threatened
June 23, 2007
The current foot launched distance record of
590 miles (951 km), set by Ramon Morillas Salmeron, is being threatened by
his friend and competitor Dani Martinez who is planning a wholloping 932
mile (1500 km) flight in Sweden.
The people, planning and gear makes for a
fascinating story and we look forward to the telling. Here is their press
Dani Martinez arrived in Sweden for PPG record
The crew of the ‘X-Sweden
1500’ expedition is now in the south of the country, at their base camp
in Ales Stenar, completing the final preparations and waiting for the
right conditions to fly 1500 km by foot-launched paramotor, to the north
The Spanish pilot and former European Champion
Dani Martinez believes that he and his partner Paco Diaz –who will fly
in a tandem trike with a cameraman-, will be able to launch this
Saturday (June 30th), if the weather forecasts are right. The
area is perfect for the take-off, with a wide grassy field that receives
a gentle sea breeze -that will certainly help Dani in the inflation and
start run with over 120 kg on his shoulders!
During the last 10 days, the Spanish pilot has
been doing extensive testing of the gear he will use for the record
attempt, a paramotor Fly Products “Special Edition” with Corsair engine
and extra tanks to fit 116 litres of fuel and a Paramania Revolution
glider of 36 square metres. After many take offs and touch-and-gos
with the highest possible load, Dani is confident that he will have no
problem starting with such a heavy gear.
“When you run with the
paramotor at full throttle and so many litres of fuel on your sides
there are vibrations and movements that make it very strange, you really
have to watch your steps! But I think that the breeze will be a good
help for the inflation. It’s going to be a long journey and I need to be
alert all the time, but this will not be more difficult than being awake
for an entire night of work…” says Dani.
The record flight will be tracked online in
real time through
http://www.regattacontrol.com/x1500/ and CompeGPS:
The X-Sweden 1500 team is posting regular news
in their blog (in Spanish) with many pictures to show what they are up
to at the moment:
Dani Martinez trying out the specially built Fly unit that he hopes to
smash a record with. Coutesy www.xsweden1500.com.
German Paramotor Association Able To Certify Paramotors
June 23, 2007
|For some time the
German Paramotor Association, headed by Harald Rost, has been working on
gaining the right to certify powered paragliders, a requirement in Germany.
Hopefully this will be a boon to the sport since the organization is devoted
specifically to paramotoring.
Their authorization comes from the German
Aviation Authority (LBA) and is effective starting June 8, 2007.
trying to find out what the certification requirements are. They can advance
the sport if makers find value in certifying their gear. That, of course,
will depend on whether pilots place value in buying certified gear.
Pilot Dies on Cross Country
June 23, 2007
Tony Gibson has reported that a pilot member
of an adventure cross country has died while enroute. He did not show up at
a planned stop and could not be contacted. An extensive search turned up
nothing for over a week. According to a Paramotor Magazine report by Jaco
Wolmarans, he was found by a group of off-road motorcyclers 12 days after
disappearing. No word on what went wrong.
Tragedy In England
June 14, 2007
|On June 12th, Paramania team pilot Julius Gee
was killed in pursuit if his passion. He crashed during open flying between
competition events at the English Nationals. He was doing steep, low
maneuvering and lost control.
He was a good pilot, knew the risks and did what he could to minimize
them but it appears that it caught up with him. Our community is saddened by
Paramotoring Everest World Powered Paragliding
Record Altitude Blasted
May 15, 2007
This record has yet to be certified by the
FAI, and problems with the recording gear may prevent it from being
accepted, but few people doubt they did it.
Two paramotor pilots, Bear
Grylls and Giles Cardozo blasted past the previous altitude record, climbing
to 28,000 over Mount Everest in specially modified Parajet paramotors. Giles
motor quit and he glided to safety while Bear continued to the new world
record altitude of 29,500 feet above sea level. Their Nepalese base camp and
launch site was 14,500 feet.
The record still needs to be officially verified but
there's little doubt they made it during this highly publicized and highly
Bear circled near the mountain for brief period
before his motor started having problems and he, too, glided back to safety.
The mission was an effort to raise money for Global Angels, a charity
supporting children in Africa.
For the complete story, visit
http://www.gknMissionEverest.com for details.
Where Did the Powered Paragliding Radio Show Go?
May 11, 2007
|A new website has been created for
Powered Paragliding Radio.
We've been getting lots of questions regarding the show. It has not
disappeared and the archives are there, for now. are still there (as of this
writing). But you gotta dig for them.
After Michael Purdy sold his interest in World Talk Radio, the website
was changed, making it far more difficult to find shows, ours included.
We're exploring options on how best to handle this in a way that will be
easy for people to find and be reliable.
It will be back in a few weeks, possibly in a different location. Stay
tuned here for information. Our PPG Radio link will be updated when the
change occurs. Thanks for your patronage!
courtesy Harris Corporation
Real World Test of Agama Water Rescue System
Apr 21, 2007
|How effective is it? I've never been willing to
stray away from shore's dry option but having the Agama Water Rescue system
may let me rethink that.
My worry is that it may not be as effective in a
face-first water landing with a near empty gas tank. Could it float you
powerfully face down? Admittedly, even then, you should be able to unstrap
and get clear of the paramotor, but I'd like to know. So a test has been
On Sunday, April 22, we are going to put it through it's paces in a pool.
I'll have the Agama mounted properly on a Snap 100 Sky Cruiser devoid of
fuel with it's muffler and air intake sealed off. We'll have one person in
the water with a scuba tank and underwater camera, and two above taking
video and still pictures.
The plan is to run into the deep end such that I wind up face-down in the
water. Then we'll see if the Agama inflates automatically sets me upright.
If not, then I'll try to unfasten and come up on my own to see how difficult
that is. We'll then remove the Agama and do the same thing with just the
paramotor. Results will be added here and probably in Powered Sport Flying Magazine
alongside an incidents column that describes an actual near-fatal water
The Agama resting on it's
Record Web Traffic for Footflyer
Apr 16, 2007
On Monday, April 16, FootFlyer.com recorded
record traffic with over 19,000 "hits." We continue adding content that will
be useful to powered paragliding pilots. Thanks for your interest and
support. Thanks also to contributors of pictures and other content.
primary purpose of the site is to support content provided in the Powered
Paragliding Bible. Significant additional material has been added and more
is coming, especially for wheel-launch pilots. Motor reviews of the Fly Ohio
Spirit, Fly Products low hook-in Compress, Miniplane and others are planned
for the coming weeks.
We also hope to test and photograph the Agama water rescue system in a
way to simulate a real face-first water landing. Thanks to
www.uCanFly2.com for providing a unit
Photo by Marty Hathaway.
World Record Set in U.S.
Mar 31 2007
|In an effort to get the ball rolling for U.S.
pilots to get involved in record setting, David Rogers of Florida has become
the first U.S. pilot to get into the world aviation record book with a
powered paraglider. He has much bigger plans but this was a start. He hopes
more powered paragliding pilots enter the fray and establish significant
records that will be significant accomplishments.
The FAI has recognized
his effort, actually a much longer flight, for distance in a closed circuit
with limited fuel. Much of his motivation was to establish the process that
other pilots will use to set records in the future.
Here is the now-ratified claim:
Claim number : 14303
Sub-class :RPF1 (Microlights : Paraglider Control / Foot-launched /
Flown with one person)
Type of record : Distance in a closed circuit with limited fuel
Course/location : Miccosukee, FL (USA)
Performance : 1.26 km
Pilot : David ROGERS (USA)
Paramotor : Apco Thrust
Previous record : no record set yet
David Rogers helping with the 2006 U.S. Nationals.
Photo by Randy Vallance.
Mar 28 2007
|This website has, for years, relied on a
proprietary web technology that has proven pockmarked with problems. After
wasting too many non-flying, non-writing hours dealing with those problems
we've taken a huge step towards improving the structure.
By using standard "Dynamic Web Templates," content is largely separated
from its formatting which speeds up the entire process.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of pages that all must initially be
manually converted. Automating the process is possible but it doesn't look
nearly as good.
The result is that, for some time, you'll periodically see pages that
don't "look right." We're converting them as time allows. Fortunately, once
that laborious process is complete, much more time will be spent on
providing useful content and new content will be quicker to produce since
there will be less time wasted on formatting.
Thanks for your understanding!
Note: As of April 5, 2007, the entire
website has been updated.
One of the changes is an icon that
quickly identifies the site if it's listed in your "favorites" folder
(and thank you if it is!)
Agama Water Rescue
Mar 25, 2007
The Agama Water rescue system, being sold by UCanFly2 in the U.S., was
developed in Czech (aka Czech Republic). Ondrej Kubicen is a Czech himself
who knows how it started. He tells us that it began when a friend of his was
learning acro and wanted to have a small life preserver that wouldn't bother
him when flying.
That acro pilot had a friend who is into kayaking and used similar
devices. The paragliding community in Czech is large and connected. They put
their heads together to develop the Agama system. The Czech company Nirvana
sells many units to Japan where they fly close or over the water so they
adapted this devise for paramotor and made it into product.
Know you know!
In Europe, visit
www.flystyle.biz, in the USA visit
One of these days we'll get around to reviewing this
product but hopefully not by need.
Arizona Flying Circus 2008 Is On
Mar 15, 2007
|Mo Sheldon has gotten approval from the
Francisco Grande Hotel that they will be welcome back in 2008. Dates are
already set as Feb 7 through the 10th.
The hotel management was basically pleased with the way things turned
out and it was worth the effort and risk. There were around 100 paid
pilot registrations and many indicated a desire to return.
A lot of pilots made the trek to the Salton Sea then to Phoenix with
some stopping into Glammis dunes on the way. Both locations offer
something different and desirable. Putting on such an event is taxing
and we're grateful to those who take it on.
View from the Enterprise Saturday at the Flying Circus.
The Enterprise will be in Florida during winter of 2008 but we'll still
make it out here.
German Certification Change
Mar 15, 2007
|The German requirement that paramotors be able
to jettison the motor from the harness has been eliminated. While that may
not mean much to those outside the U.S., it has changed the way some motors,
mainly Fresh Breeze, needs to be built.
The safety benefit from the capability proved miniscule over the years
and so they eliminated it. Fires and water immersion are the two primary
reasons it was likely instituted but fires have proven rare and pilots
who go in the water usually do so with their motors attached, even those
that were jettisonable.
We're told that Fresh Breeze will continue making the system available
as it is, to our knowledge, the only company that provides this
Fresh Breeze with Jettisonable motor system.
Recognized in Atlanta
Mar 05, 2007 | One of our own gets his due
|Anybody who has seen Meet Powered Paragliding,
been to a Florida convention or has spent much time around this sport will
recognize the name Bruce Erion, aka "Brewster." His humorous stories and
offbeat commentary on life have been a long source of enjoyment to me and
many, many others.
He's also been in the presence of a president and been a well-known TV
figure in Atlanta. A local news station recently did a feature on his
interesting past, including a picture of Bruce pursuing his passion to
Here is the story from the Atlanta Constitution Journal. Hopefully
we'll be seeing Bruce again at the convention in Atlanta.
Bruce Erion at the 2001 Parastars Convention.
May Compete in U.S.
Feb 28, 2007 | Coming to America
|Michel (pronounced mishelle) Carnet is planning
to attend the U.S. National Powered Paragliding convention near Ft.
Lauderdale. If all goes as planned, he will compete in the Wednesday
He will be representing the new Paramotor Magazine that starts its
first issue in April, 2007 and should have copies available there.
Michel has been flying ultralights (microlights) since they first hit
the scene in the early 1980's. He's competed at numerous European events
and, most recently, won the English Nationals in 2006.
Anybody even thinking about competing in U.S. even should sign up now
USPPA registration page. You must be a USPPA or USUA member, have at
least 50 flights logged or have a sign-off from your USPPA/USUA
instructor. Basically, if you can reliably launch and control your
flight path reasonably accurately, you can compete.
Bailey 4-Stroke mounted On Skybolt Kit
Feb 27, 2007
A Bailey 175cc 4-stroke motor has been
mounted on the PPG Plans Skybolt frame. Jeff Baumgartener, the designer,
just finished it and hopes to try it out within the next month.
The motor and frame weigh in empty at 69 pounds but he anticipates that
low fuel burn will lighten the gas load enough to offset the engine's
higher weight. The Skybolt is a kit made with no requirements to weld.
It weighs within 3 pounds of a similar factory built machine and costs
To my knowledge this is the first application of a Bailey motor on
another maker's frame. For more information visit
www.PPGPlans.com. For a review of the Bailey on it's own frame,
here. I'll look forward to doing a review on the Skybolt version if
I get the chance.
PPG Bible Sales
Dec 30, 2006
|It's good news and bad news.
The good news is that we've sold over half our entire printing in 10
months. It was intended as a 3 to 4 year supply of books. That's good,
we obviously want to sell them. Some of that was getting the supply line
It's possible there will be a brief time where no copies are available
(from us anyway) but we're obviously going to work very hard to prevent
Paramotor.com Owned by Chinese
Dec 23, 2006, Hans Lintner
The website who's name is our sport's
primary hardware, Paramotor.com, was sold on December 22 in an auction.
According to a whois.net report, it was purchased by
YY No.5 Fuchenglu
Beijing, Beijing 100830, CN
The site is now only being used to trap traffic looking for paramotors
into other search items. What a shame.
Dec 16, 2006, Mo Sheldon
This is the first professionally printed
paramotor-only calendar that I'm aware of. Mo Sheldon has put together a
host of gorgeous pictures including an eye-popping centerfold. Even
though I shot the picture, I was amazed how good it looked all blown up like
that. It makes me want to go fly the Piccacho Park again.
Print quality is top notch and there are other smaller pictures
throughout. For more info or to order visit
Paramotor Magazine to Start
Dec 14, 2006
A magazine devoted to the sport of
paramotoring is set to begin in the spring of 2007. The U.K. based XCMedia
is the same company that publishes the long-running Cross Country Magazine
for hang gliding and paragliding and formerly Kiteworld Magazine.
The quarterly subscription for US Customers is $54. Visit
for more information.
Paramotor.com Sells for $20,250
Dec 2, 2006
In an auction offered by SnapNames, the
domain name Paramotor.com was sold to the high bidder who has yet to be
Paramotor Inc was a longtime manufacturer of paramotors
until recently. As of November, 2006, their domain expired which prompted
the auction. They seem to have stopped doing business as phone calls have
not been returned for several weeks. The status of their much-challenged
trademark, Paramotor, is in limbo.
FootFlyer.com was one of the bidders but dropped out when it went north
of $20k. We hoped to present our products and insure that solid,
realistic information was presented about powered paragliding.
One of our sister sites is
www.ParamotorInfo.com. It is our desire that the inappropriately
trademarked name Paramotor be rescinded and returned to the public
domain where it belongs.