As of 2019 the “Easy-up” paramotor appears to no longer be available (thankfully).
This is the real deal. The world’s most affordable ultralight plans and, once built, a very nice flying machine. My goal in having this page up is to preclude pilots from getting duped into wasting money on difficult-to-build and inadequate plans. Skip the EasyUp, it’s little more than a marketing scam.
I’ve stopped selling the plans here so my recommendation would carry the weight it deserves. I do not want pilots duped. I’ve flown both the Skybolt and the v2 machine and both were well thought out designs that pilots will be able to build and fly.
Mind you, I believe that new pilots are best off buying from their instructor since he’ll be familiar with it. But if you want to build from plans, this is, by far, the best way to go. Here’s why. Do find an instructor and make sure he’s willing to train you on the gear. Not all are.
Here is why the Skybolt plans are recommended.
No Welding. The EasyUp plans, for example, require welding. There are not that many shops that will do aluminum welding, especially when they find out its for an aircraft. Plus, requiring welding means that the machine cannot be built entirely by all builders.
All tube bending is done with a conventional pipe bender.
Affordable pre-built connector kit for those who would like to cut down build time. The v2 connector kit is dramatically less expensive owing to the simplified design.
There are actually quite a few of these Skybolts flying. That’s in contrast to the EasyUp which, In spite of attending many events throughout the country, I’ve never seen a single unit.
Obviously there’s risk in powered paragliding and any salesman that glosses over that fact is doing you a disservice. But with proper training and attitude, it is likely the safest form of aviation ever devised. And building your own machine is one viable approach provided you work with an instructor BEFORE you ever start it. That is part of the reason for including Risk & Reward so you get a good idea of what’s at stake.
For more information or to buy, visit www.PPGPlans.com.