Educational by Chapter of the Powered Paragliding Bible

I: First Flight

01 Training Process

02 Gearing Up

03 Handling the Wing

04 Prep For 1st Flight

05 The Flight

06 Flying With Wheels 

II: Spreading Wings

07 Weather Basics

08 The Law

09 Airspace   

10 Flying Anywhere

11 Controlled Airports

12 Setup & Mx

13 Flying Cross Country

14 Flying With Others

III: Mastery

15 Adv Ground Handling

16 Precision Flying

17 Challenging Sites

18 Advanced Maneuvers

19 Risk Management

20 Competition

21 Free Flight Transition

IV: Theory

22 Aerodynamics

23 Motor & Propeller

24 Weather & Wind

25 Roots: Our History

V: Choosing Gear

26 The Wing

27 The Motor Unit

28 Accessories

29 Home Building

VI: Getting the Most

30 Other Uses

31 Traveling With Gear

32 Photography

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33 Organizing Fly-Ins

34 Places To Fly

35 Preserving the Sport

36 Tandem

Chapter 27: Choosing A Motor Unit

Jan 15, 2007 | Section V: Choosing Gear | Harness (suspension systems) | High vs. Low hookins

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, they're trade-offs.

A 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.

Nearly 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).

Your 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 be 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 sure does.

Interestingly, the 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.

© 2016 Jeff Goin & Tim Kaiser   Remember: If there's air there, it should be flown in!