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Why weight-shift is more fun and more safe? Paramotor Geometry, Part 3

January 21, 2020


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15 Comments

  • Reply Valdemar Fragnani neto March 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Scout rocks!

  • Reply Stevie Genoski March 1, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I need an enduro……bad!

  • Reply trobmj1 March 1, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Great video series. Thanks. I am working with an instructor and am working toward my decision on a motor and wing. This is helpful.
    One constructive comment. I listen with headphones. If I can hear him talking, the music blasts and I have to turn the volume down. Then back up for the speaking parts. Its a little thing but I am throwing it out there.
    Thanks.

  • Reply Mike Thacker March 1, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    thank you very much for the videos and upcoming videos about paramotors I'm new to the sport and I am looking to get into it but trying to learn all I can before I make a big decision on what to buy. I really like the way you were talking to me and not at me it makes me feel more at ease any more comfortable with the Scout products. keep up the good work.

  • Reply bob saget March 2, 2017 at 7:20 am

    awesome series, thank you

  • Reply Burner719 March 3, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Enjoying the series. Enjoyed the emails we exchanged and have been in contact with the guys at team fly halo. So, when I get the financing, I wil go see them to get on with my new hobby.
    That being said; was that clip flying over the boneyard in Tucson? was that easy access or was just a quick permission granted? That looks to be a grand idea.

  • Reply Adam Edgar March 12, 2017 at 12:14 am

    great video…i fly high hang point (high suspension point) Nirvana Rodeo. I agree with everything you have said about weight-shift…however, i would suggest that even for cross country weight-shift is better. This is because i get a sore arm holding on a little opposite brake to counteract the engine torque, and therefore tendency for paramotor and glider to turn, even during cruise.

    I appreciate that one can adjust trimmers to compensate, use tip lines, offset carrabiners, or indeed even an antitorque strap between paramotor seat and carabiners, however these things all add complexity and affect glider performance and induce asymmetric reactions (which is not a good thing). Weight-shift is a very simple solution.

    A downside to weight-shift i have found,
    1. it may tend to cause a pilot to overreact to wing feedback, thus potentially creating/exascerbating a bad situation because of inexperience.
    2. forward launching is more difficult with low hand point machines (but on the reverse side, reverse kiting is very awkward with high hang point too…so its a trade off)

    I still agree with you in that generally weight-shift is better all around.

  • Reply climber1499 April 25, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Ur videos are great. I have one question, At what altitude your engine tends to stall?

  • Reply Frank K October 27, 2017 at 12:57 am

    The info provided in this series is absolutely fantastic! Thank you.

  • Reply Stanley Denning December 3, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    " Is weight shift good for cross country pilots"? No? I would have to disagree. On a long flight the blood can run from your arms and make them numb and tired. It is nice to be able to stow the brakes and let your arms rest. Small corrections in direction can be made my weight-shift alone.

  • Reply Bennett D July 29, 2018 at 4:11 am

    Aside from the great presentation (and thank you for that!), I have to ask, what kind of glasses are you wearing in this vid, please?

  • Reply Lon Lyford September 23, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Are the presentation slides available for download?

  • Reply aerobatty1 March 11, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    What are the design differences between a weight shift paramotor and a non weight shift paramotor? In other words, what makes one weight shift and the other not?

  • Reply Jeya kumar June 8, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Bro upload some videos regarding parts and working principle of an ppg

  • Reply Haakon Dahl June 19, 2019 at 8:03 am

    This is the dawn of motorcycling in the air. Awesome. I can easily understand the "turn is more fun" aspect of weight-shift steering for the same reason that it is true on a motorcycle. Beginning riders steer and trained riders countersteer, but those who are truly enjoying the ride shift their weight to steer.

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