Choosing Your Paramotor
Parajet offers two Paramotor airframes – the Zenith and Volution – both are available with a wide choice of engines. It is import for your safety and enjoyment to choose an engine that has the right amount of power. The primary factor in determining your engine choice is your in-flight weight, but there are other considerations including the altitude of your launch site and your physical abilities.
If your engine has insufficient power, your take off run will be longer and you’ll need a bigger launch site. If you do get airborne, you may not have adequate climb power to safely avoid obstacles. Although more thrust can make launching easier, powerful engines can be heavier, making handling on the ground more challenging. Bigger engines can be less efficient and will require more fuel impacting weight, flight time and range.
Engine manufacturers are continually improving their designs with significant improvements in weight and performance. However, it is worth noting that the horse power quotes from manufacturers are not always accurate.
Choosing Your Paraglider
The paraglider wing is known in aeronautical engineering as a ‘ram-air airfoil’. The glider is made up of two surfaces which are connected to internal supporting material in such a way as to form a row of cells. By leaving most of the cells open only at the leading edge, incoming air keeps the glider inflated, thus maintaining its shape. When inflated, the glider's cross-section has the typical teardrop aerofoil shape. Paraglider wings are made of high-performance non-porous materials such as ripstop polyester or nylon fabric.
Choosing the right size glider ensures proper performance and safety. A glider that is too big will be prone to collapses in turbulence. One that is too small means your take off run will be too long and your landings will be too fast. The primary factor in determining your glider size is your in-flight weight. Typically, paramotor pilots should choose a glider that places them as close as possible to the upper end of the manufacturer’s weight range for a responsive and safe glider.