Paramotor is an aircraft for a person operated with a propeller and held in the air with a screen. The term paramotor was coined by the Englishman Mike Byrne and became a popular hobby in the eighties. Nowadays it is also used professionally and some combat units test the technology for air landing.
Professionally, it is mainly used as reindeer management and aerial photography. You specify powered paraglider to distinguish paragliding without an engine from this type of flight. In 1986 this became a popular sport in France and since then it has spread throughout the world, including to Sweden. In order to fly a paramotor - paraglider, a license is required either from the SSFF - Swedish Parachute Association - or SPMF - the Swedish Paramotor Association.
Paramotor - paraglider up in the blue
A paramotor weighs between 18 and 36 kilos with harness, but without fuel. The speeds vary between 25 and up to 70 kilometers per hour at altitudes from 150 meters up to 1,000 meters. But heights of 6,000 meters are also possible. The harnesses carry shield wings that support the fuselage and the driver, but which are also used as a control device. Most often, reflex wings are used that are stronger and more durable than the previous regular glider wings. The pilot controls the aircraft with throttle and with the wings. An emergency parachute should be brought in which is manually triggered and unfolds after a few seconds.
Depending on fuel consumption and tank space, a flying session typically lasts between three to five hours. The engine size goes from 80 cc up to 350 cc and there are basically only two-stroke engines used. But there are also electric motors that have about half an hour's flight time and take a couple of hours to charge. The electric motors are quieter but the paramotor is still a pretty noisy vehicle because of the propellers. The designer of the paramotor has to compromise between the selected power and the noise that arises. Helmet with hearing protectors, overalls, gloves and sturdy shoes / boots are important parts of the pilot's equipment.