Take a regular paragliding pod harness,
add a motor
and nothing more!

From the very beginning we were strict about one thing: no compromises on the true paragliding pod harness feel.

We did not want to fine tune a paramotor to be more thermalling capable so we knew that we have to start with a regular pod harness in a first place and add motor. 

The first two versions were unable to take-off.

Third was unable to land.

Fourth and fifth did that right but the reclined position was unstable in the air. 

After 3 years, with the version 23 we finally got it right: the SCOUT pod harness with optional climb assist. 

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Fully reclined

Paramotors are surely cool but the upright position, rigid frame on your back and the metal bars under your arms just don’t feel right for thermalling.  There are some paramotors like this one, that have weight-shift authority comparable to regular paragliding pod harness but they still keep the upright position. 

There is a reason for this upright position as you need to keep the prop vertical. Some paramotors in order to adapt for thermalling get it half way: they recline the back=prop by 20 degrees which is kind of still acceptable for the propeller and kind of closer to what paragliding pilots seek. Exactly, a kind of solution. 

In the SCOUT paragliding pod harness the pilot is fully reclined 40 degrees just like a regular pod harness. No compromises.

Fully automatic

The 40 degree angle between your back and the propeller is great for flying but impossible for take-off. Standing on the flat ground the prop would be pushing downwards.

Thus the only solution is variable geometry. Prop is parallel to your back on take-off and then it changes into 40 degrees angle when seated in

This transition is fully automatic. Just lean back and the engine with prop will adjust itself. No need to let the toggles off your hands, no need to pull any levers or push any buttons. 

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Fully mechanic

There are some pretty cool solutions that got it fully reclined and even fully automatic. The transition is done by servos, controlled by gyroscopes and powered from batteries. There is some serious engineering in these electric climb-assisted harnesses.  But they are heavier than paramotors, last only 20 minutes of flying or just 10 minutes of climbing and are crazy expensive. (We hope future development will bring us higher capacity at lower cost.)

Scout paragliding pod harness is all fully mechanic: no servos, controllers, no batteries. 

It was a complicated task for us: we had to add lots of pulleys, two-axis rotation, sliders, springs and stoppers… but none of it is your business. Just lean back and let the system do its job for you. 

True paragliding feel

The SCOUT pod harness is not a paramotor. 

It has no metal bars under your arms nor a big metal frame on your back. The harness is made of straps and fabric for uncompromised paragliding feel. 

Truth is no single strap is the same as on a regular pod harness. In fact the harness is a combination of a backpack, climbing harness and a paragliding harness. Again, none of it will you notice in flight.

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With or without climb assist

Remove the motor and install an aerodynamic tail for paragliding within minutes. 

Specs:

  • SCOUT pod harness weight: 4.3 kg including foam protector
  • optional climb assist weight  + 14.7 kg (*)
    • Vittorazi Atom 80 engine, 15 HP, two stroke
    • 125 cm propeller
    • fuel capacity 6 litres
    • fuel consumption level flight 2.5 l/hour = more than 2 hours of flight
    • time to climb 600 metres: 5 minutes  (climb rate 1.8 m/s for 90kg pilot @ Gin Carrera L

(*) weight may be subject to change during further optimization (lighter prop, titanium bolts, aluminium carabiners, weight reduction on the mechanism…)

Features:

  • front reserve container with flight deck
  • certified back foam protector
  • hook knife, pocket for radio
  • side pockets, under seat pocket, rear pocket
  • camel back for water
  • optional extra fuel capacity for extreme multi day adventures: +2 x 4 litres

When will it be available SCOUT Paragliding Pod Harness?

NOW testing durability and reliability

The SCOUT paragliding pod harness is 95% finsihed.

It took us 3 years:

  • To made it fully functional.
  • We made it also comfortable,
  • and we have equipped the harness with lots of features.
  • Ofcourse, we made it look cool. 

Now comes the last step: test the durability and reliability of the pod harness. 

The team of test pilots has been selected

Current status update (June 17th, 2021)>

  • we had more than 150 pilots signed up to become test pilots. We have selected our team, was a hard task as there were so many cool dudes. another 100 registered for pre-orders.
  • harnesses are manufactured and on their way to SCOUT headquarters. Other parts are either finished or on their way too. The plan is to finish the units for testing until end of June
  • The whole industry went crazy this year with orders far exceeding production capacities and this caused some delays in our project too.
  • we have used that time for further improvements
    • upgraded the hardware Titanium Grade 5 from grade 2 
    • put the hardware on diet losing 60 grams here, 35 grams there… but in total it adds up and the total weight loss at this moment is 1028 grams
    • refined some details on the harness
    • designed a cool backpack to carry disassembled pod harness with motor
  • durability and reliability testing in July/August/September
  • we booked a stand at Coupe Icare for a premiere of the product
  • if things go well, we plan the market launch spring 2022
  • Or, if things go wrong we will inform you about the delays

Estimated price?

Some sophisticated electric solutions on the market cost 12-15 thousand eur. Luckily, using a combustion engine helps us to keep the prices a lot lower than that.

Although it is not a paramotor the price might be similar as it contains the same things (harness, engine, prop, …) plus a ton research, development and engineering

SCOUT carbon paramotors are priced around 7-10 thousand eur including VAT. So that might be the range. 

Availabity> spring 2022

While it is too late to sign up to be a test pilot, you still can register to be one of the first ones to fly when it is finished.

The pod harness was officially introduced at the Coupe Icare exhibition in  September 2021.

For 2022 we have ordered production of 200 pieces. Even as the demand seems to be higher, we will not be able to produce more. Hopefully later we will be able to increase capacity. 

Do you want to have one when its is finished?

Pre-order yours

Let us know and we will keep you updated so you can be one of the very first happy customers flying the SCOUT pod harness with optional climb assist.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need a larger glider to fly with the climb assist?

Gliders are usually rated for a weight range of around 20 kg. The climb assist adds 12-15kg to your gear so you should be able to fit in for both free flight and assisted flight.

If you are somewhere in the middle or bottom of the weight range of your current glider, you will be OK.

If you are already on the top side of your glider’s weight range, you may need a larger glider. But try it with the glider you have and you will see.

Will there be an electric version?

Sure. We are big fans of progress and sure we would like to go electric. We started with a very compact 2-stroke engine. But any engine can be installed in the next step.

Are you a manufacturer of electric systems (motor, batteries, controller)? Please contact us regarding potential cooperation: miroslav@scoutaviation.com

Isn’t the engine too loud?

Yes, it is relatively loud when you add power. But you only use the engine for 5 minutes for the initial climb and then switch it off. No need to wear ear cups on your helmet.

fun fact #1:
The most noise comes from the propeller. So even electric version in the future will not reduce noise levels dramatically. Sorry.

fun fact #2:
The Atom 80 engine is one of the quietest engines when on idle. You can comfortably have a conversation with the engine running on your back. You can totally hear your vario beeping while engine running on idle. 

Does the cage + motor + propeller reduce glide ratio?

Yes, it does. 
No, we did not measure yet how much. But it seems surprisingly little.

Sure, if you have the option to fly without climb assist, go for it. Flying without climb assist is surely better. But flying with climb assist is surely better than not flying at all.

Why is the prop always spinning on the videos?

The Atom 80 has a centrifugal clutch. So when you go off power the propeller will keep spinning with momentum and slow down almost to full stop. But it will never fully stop because it acts like a windmill. The prop slowly spinning is is quiet.

fun fact#3:
The spinning propeller actually serves as a airspeed indicator. When you pull the brakes to prevent the glider from overshooting you can actually hear the prop to slow down. It reminds you not to hold too long… not, this is not a feature, this is a side effect.

Will there be a folding propeller to reduce drag?

Sure. A folding prop is on our task list. They have been around for a few years, not complicated at all. 

First we focus on fine-tuning the scout pod harness and making it ready for the pilots. The first scout pod harnesses will be available with regular propellers.

The folding prop will be an available upgrade later. 

Is it easy to travel with?

Yes. The SCOUT paragliding pod harness pack very small as it does not have any rigid frame. The cage splits into individual tubes so all you end up is the engine which is quite compact.

The SCOUT pod harness including a travel case fits within the airline limits for checked-in luggage. Make sure the engine is clean and you get rid of gasoline smell. 

In the US the rules do not allow to check-in any engines. even if they were completely new. Sorry.

I want a lightweight paramotor, is this good for me?

It would probably be great as secondary paramotor for traveling. It packs very compact and it is light. You would surely love the comfortable reclined position.  

But for regular paramotor flying you will face some disadvantages:

  • the fuel capacity is small for ppg
  • for aggressive handling and tight powered turns with small advanced reflex gliders you would benefit from some rigid structures = frame on your back and gooseneck bars
  • the scout pod harness would probably not accept more powerful motors than the atom 80. Again, you need rigid structures for that.
  • you have your legs in front of you in all the photos you take:-)

The SCOUT pod harness is not a paramotor. If it was, it would be the worst paramotor we have ever designed. As everything, it has its benefits and disadvantages. 

If you want a lightweight paramotor, get a lightweight paramotor. A SCOUT One Enduro paramotor with Atom 80 would be an option. 

How much will it cost?

Some sophisticated electric solutions on the market cost 12-15 thousand eur. Luckily, using a combustion engine helps us to keep the prices a lot lower than that.

Although it is not a paramotor the price might be similar as it contains the same things (harness, engine, prop, …) plus a ton research, development and engineering

SCOUT carbon paramotors are priced around 7-10 thousand eur including VAT. So that might be the range. 

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