Simple, Effective ways to shut off a motor |
Being able to quickly shut off your motor is critical for any number
of reasons. Kill switches are easily broken by any number of connection
points breaking or coming loose. So it's good to have a back up.
Here are some suggestions.
One method is another electrical way to short out the coil, like the
regular switch, but pilot Ken Morrison has come up with a novel method
to accomplish the same thing.
The idea is incredibly simple, pull the spark plug off.
He rigged it for his non-throttle hand, just below and behind the J
bar, but it can be rigged for start up, next to the
hand hold. Take up enough slack as to not get in the prop. Yank the cord
and pull the spark plug cap off . Cheap, simple, effective, and only
takes about a minute to put together.
Thanks Ken for the suggestion.
Ken's implementation of his simple
kill switch on a Blackhawk paramotor
Fuel Line Loop
Wayne Mitchler suggested this while researching for the Instructors
Manual. He wants to insure the student has a way to shut off the motor
in case it gets stuck at full throttle and the motor won't kill. That
has happened, usually when the throttle gets into the prop somehow.
Paramotors are designed so that can't happen but somehow it has on
On the fuel line he puts in a small loop and attaches it to the frame
in a way that can be easily felt by the pilot and kinked. After a half
minute or so the motor runs out of gas, leans then dies. It's not lean
for long enough to cause an overheat.
On some motors, namely the later Top-80's, there is a pilot-reachable
choke. Pull that choke and the motor will die.