Buying Guide: Paramotor
12/31/2014 How to look at the many options available.
I commonly get questions about paramotors. What's the best? What's
the most reliable? What's the lightest and so on. They're frequently good
questions but can also be the wrong questions.
First of all, this is for those who are looking for their second
machine because new pilots are sooooo much better to buy either from
their instructor or buy a unit that he's familiar with. Another thing is
that there's almost no way a new pilot will tell the difference. Some
configurations are more difficult to learn on. Why make it harder? It's
not that you can't learn on them, it's that it's not necessary.
So what matters? What works and what's hype? Some recent developments
had all the makings of hype but turned out to actually be effective.
That's cool. It's part of why I think this would be a fun, useful
It is *NOT* going to go through every machine on the market. Rather
it's going to look at different styles, different tradeoffs, and provide
some understanding of what you're looking at. We will, of course, show a
lot of different machines but not with the intent of claiming one is
"better" than another. Usually that's not the case, it's that some
machines, for some people, are poor choices. For someone else they may
So this is intended to help you be a knowledgeable consumer, to
provide examples of what's out there and what tradeoffs are made.
The proposed outline is on the right, if you can think of other areas
that would be interesting to include, by all means send a note to
If all goes well, filming will start in about March. There will be
some animations to explain concepts but they will be brief. This will be
more about showcasing various motors in an effort to see their strengths
As usual I've got lots of ideas, some which will require building a
sturdy simulator structure that allows for some articulation and
hopefully thrust testing. There will be no effort to rate all the machines
based on thrust since it's simply impractical. But I do hope to show
what goes into turning the same amount of fuel into more or less thrust.
No timeline exists yet but I'd love to have it finished by October or
so. Living in Florida has it's drawbacks, number one is relentless nice weather
me from writing, film, etc. On the other hand, relentless
nice weather is good for playing, too!