Considerations for Flight

WARNING! It is absolutely imperitive that before your first flight, you do a static hang-check by suspending the paramotor from suitable supports to allow you to sit in the harness and simulate your flying position.

It helps tremendously to seek guidance and assistance from a competant person in setting up the harness. Speak to yoru instructor, your dealer, or another pilot experienced with this particular model paramotor.

Take Off: Practice a few pullups (with the motor off) first, considering the following guidelines:

Once you are completely ready to take-off, run the motor gradually up to full power and hold it there for about 10 seconds.

Ensure your prop-wash does not blow the wing nor interfere with other people or activities.

Use either the Forward Launch or the Reverse-Pullup technique as required by the conditions and terrain.

CAUTION! The Centrifugal clutch must be fully disengaged from the propeller during the ground-handling, i.e. do NOT touch the throttle!

Once the wing is up, wait for the risers to come completely off the frame and shoulders before applying power. Failing to do this might deflect the cage into the path of a spinning propeller, which could be disastrous.

Once you start running forwards with the power applied, straighten youu back, do NOT lean forwards. You need to aim the propeller thrust horizontally, not downwards towards the ground!

Go to full power, then run as fast as you can until the wing lifts you off the ground. Do NOT lift your feet too early, you could descend and destroy the propeller! (and perhaps more...)

After takeoff, maintain high power and climb to a safe altitude before levelling out.

IN FLIGHT

No motor (not even an aeronautical engine) is constructed for delivering maximum power continuously.

Once you reach a relatively safe altitude, ease off the power to spare the engine. From here on, consider 80% power to be your maximum allowable for gentle climbs. The ONLY time you ever require full power is to takeoff.

At first, remain within gliding height and distance of your field, until you gain the confidence and experience to fly further.

Avoid all maneauvers and sharp turns under power. Brake input and power adjustments should be smooth and controlled.

Landing

Landing is no different to landing without a motor, except for the slight extra weight causing slightly higher approach airspeed. It is a good idea to fly well into glide of the landing, then let the engine idle from relatively high (initially above 200 feet), and glide in without the noise. As you gain experience, you may start your power-off glide from lower.

Despite the extra safety afforded by the clutch, it is preferable to kill the motor before landing, at height of around 10 meters, in case of a fall or slide.

Immediately upon landing, turn around and take control of the wing by facing it. the flight is only over once youy AND your wing are safely down on the ground. Prevent the wing or lines from falling onto the hot motor.

Recomended equipment to carry on long flights:

Have Fun, but fly responsibly.

Do not dive-bomb people, livestock or crops. Do not fly low over built-up areas.

Be aware of your local regulations and be considerate to other aircraft and people on the ground.

The Number One Rule: Stay alive!