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

--- Not in book ---

33 Organizing Fly-Ins

34 Places To Fly

35 Preserving the Sport

36 Tandem

Paramotor Overheating

Causes and cures of this motor killer

Heat is a paramotor's mortal enemy. Worst cases have the piston welding itself to the cylinder wall in the mother of all motor failures: a seizure. A close cousin is the piston burning a hole through it's top. Molten material drops harmfully into the engine's lower, and most expensive, workings.

There are a number of reasons why heat gets to this point. Here are most, starting with the most common.

1. Mixture is too lean: on carb adjustment. On floatbowl carbs this can be caused by having too small a jet.

2. Mixture too lean: Too much oil. At some point, oil replaces fuel and therefore the mixture goes up.

3. Mixture too lean: Air leak inside crankcase or cylinder. It can come from the cylinder, carburetor attachment, bearings, or exhaust.

4. Low RPM due to oversized or overpitched prop.

5. Blockage in fan (if equipped).

6. Piston ring sticking


2015 Jeff Goin   Remember: If there's air there, it should be flown in!