Self Propelled Hang Glider

Out of interest, it should be noted that the definition of a ‘Self-Propelled Hang Glider’ is as follows:
An SPHG is an aircraft comprising of an aerofoil wing and a mechanical propulsion device which:
a. is foot-launched;
b. has a stall speed or minimum steady flight speed in the landing configuration not exceeding 35 knots calibrated airspeed;
c. carries a maximum of two persons;
d. has a maximum unladen weight, including full fuel, of 60kgs for a single place aircraft and 70kgs for a two place aircraft.

Paramotoring is the most rapidly developing form of aviation. This is because of the simplicity and low cost of the sport but also due to the fact that it is extremely safe and enormously good fun! A Paramotor fits easily into the back of a standard car and allows almost anyone to fly without a license at a fraction of the cost compared to any other aircraft.

Combine the simple elegance of a modern paraglider with one of the backpack paramotor units and you have the ability to fly when you want and where you want (with consideration for the weather). With one of these motor units, the propeller gives you thrust, allowing you to launch, climb, fly level or glide down through the air on a paraglider at your own will.

These motors are some of the most powerful, yet low maintenance aircraft engines you will find anywhere. They are rugged, reliable and extremely easy to use. Most Paramotors are quickly & easily rigged and will fit in the boot of your car. Being foot-launched, Paramotors can be operated from almost any area of clear open ground thus negating a lengthy drive to your nearest hill or winch flying site. You can now enjoy the freedom of the skies with less red tape and costs than any other powered aircraft!

With a fuel capacity of around 10 litres, a flying time of anything between 2 and 5 hours is possible - depending on engine unit. Of course, during flight, it is also possible to switch the engine off and simply free-fly using thermals or dynamic lift!

Paramotors cruise at similar speeds to a Paraglider – about 25mph up to perhaps 40 mph on the fastest wings – but are still only useable in fairly light winds. This slow flight characteristic means that very low-level flying ‘hedge hopping’ is possible and immense fun! It is also possible to climb to great heights (the current UK altitude record is over 11,000ft) and to travel huge distances – from Southern Spain to Tenerife has recently been achieved in one flight of over 1,000km!

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