27: Choosing A Motor Unit
Jan 15, 2007 | Section V:
Choosing Gear |
Harness (suspension systems) | High vs. Low
See also Chapter 23: Motor and
Propeller (theory and understanding). Includes article on
mating a prop to a motor.
See also Electrics
| Safety Improvements
| Hookin: High or Low
For new pilots, the single
best advice we can offer is to choose a thorough, reputable instructor,
who uses the USPPA syllabus and buy their gear. It is good to understand
a few points, of course, if for no other reason than to make sure the
instructor is reputable. An instructor who suggests a Simonini based
motor (powerful but heavy) to a 150 pound pilot flying at sea level is
doing a dis-service, just like an instructor who says his 100cc machine
will be good enough for a 230 pound pilot.
Perfect propulsion for one person may be another's nightmare. It depends
on desires and dimensions—a
petit pilot won't enjoy hefting a monster motor any more than a big bruiser
will hate a petit pusher. As usual, there is no best machine,
few relics survive only by finding unwitting marks—those
taken in by the slick-looking website or fast-talking salesman. Using and
buying from a reputable instructor will avoids that trap.
all motors have an integrated harness—software that's just as
important as the hardware. Go
here to understand the various harness styles and terminology. A great motor can be rendered dangerous, let alone uncomfortable, with an
inadequate or improperly setup harness (see Chapter
12 for setup).
choice in motor will also affect your safety. Design improvements
(A Better Paramotor) are
available but, until market forces dictate their adoption, makers will not
inclined to spend money on them.
Caring For Your Motor & Harness
Your motor enjoys regular
maintenance, low humidity storage, good fuel run through a filter and
shade. The metal parts may not care about sun exposure but the harness
occasional fuel spill doesn't do that much to Nylon based harnesses but,
apparently, high humidity causes degradation over time although nowhere
near as much as sunlight.