27: The Motor Unit

Perfect propulsion for one person may be another’s nightmare. It depends on desires and dimensions—a petit pilot won’t enjoy hefting a monster motor any more than a big bruiser will hate a petit pusher. As usual, there is no best machine, they’re trade-offs.

A few relics survive on eBay, inspiring new import to the phrase “buyer beware.” Buying from a reputable instructor avoids that trap.

Nearly all motors have an integrated harness—software that’s just as important as the hardware. Go here to understand the various harness styles and terminology. A great motor can be rendered dangerous, let alone uncomfortable, with an inadequate or improperly setup harness (see Chapter 12 for setup).

Your choice in motor will also affect your safety. Design improvements (A Better Paramotor) are available but, until market forces dictate their adoption, makers will not be inclined to spend money on them.


Paramotor 2-Stroke Ignition System

When troubleshooting motor problems it’s handy to understand how the various systems work. Fortunately ignition is quite reliable and rarely causes problems beyond the spark plug. This may help when it does. Basic Coil Description A correctly timed spark is the...

Electric Paramotors

The latest happenings in the world of Electrics OpenPPG.com is the latest in electric paramotors. And it’s a completely different animal with a completely different method of distribution. I flew Rob Catto’s and talked with one of the two brothers who...

Flash Starters on Clutched Paramotors

First the why. On larger paramotor engines, pull starters rely on flywheel action of the prop to pull through the their strong compression. That works because these units have a belt-driven prop. If you want to put a clutch on these bigger machines, that doesn’t...

ParaWatt by Pierre Renault, France

These guys have been quietly building an electric machine for the past four years–work that has paid off by creating a salable drive train that can be used by other makers. After seeing pictures, I inquired with the usual questions and the lead developer,...

Harness Myths

I hear the darndest things sometimes. One frequent misconception regards paramotor harnesses. Over zealous sellers try to sucker people in to their gear using misinformation that requires a lack of understanding. If you ever “this is the only _____, and...

More Bang For Your Fueling Buck

Getting the most from gas station pumps With fuel prices high, Shane Banquer, a helicopter pilot who has been in the petroleum industry for 31 years, offered some tricks on how to get more of your money’s worth for every gallon. Thanks to Eric Dufour for sharing...

A Better Paramotor Harness

See also A Better Paramotor | A Better Cart | A Better Throttle There have been at least three accidents resulting in pilot paralysis. In one, a reserve parachute may have saved the day but in the other two it would not have since they were doing low level...

A Better Paramotor

Safer machines for the real world. Updated Apr 22, 2015 to add brake toggles/prop protection Yes, they have to be fun, comfortable, light, powerful, look cool and be convenient. The most talented designers will accomplish all that and provide decent protection. No,...

A Better Throttle

Safer gear is an important element to reducing injuries. | A Better Paramotor | Safety Ring Retrofit | A Better Cart Another major improvement to safety can likely be realized with a simple throttle change. Most of the injuries happen while a pilot, facing his motor,...

Paramotor Safety Improvements

Here are some things observations of positive developments in paramotor safety. It would be cool for every machine to provide basic protections against the inevitable: falling, unexpected thrusting, and others. Check out A Better Paramotor. Here is a celebration of...