The complete guide how choose a paramotor
Now this is a complicated task. No, paramotors are not same by far! There are big differences.
I will try to give you unbiased comparison (no, the SCOUT will not always be a winner). I will try to give my honest advice.
Most beginners start with the engine because it is easy to compare the numbers but this is by far not the most important thing. Experienced pilots know that there are huge differences in how the paramotor feels when you fly it. This is determined by paramotor geometry and plenty of small details, while not all of them are possible to measure. As a beginner you may not be able to decide upon this but get different opinions. The brand your instructor is dealer of may not be always be the best for you.
List of paramotor features/aspects you should consider when buying a paramotor:
– How much power do you need?
– What hook-in system is best for you?
– Standard 125cm prop or larger?
– Do you need a clutch?
– Electric or manual starter?
– Is aerodynamics important?
– Strength and repairability.
– Transport and travel with your paramotor.
You start with a beginner wing now and you will probably upgrade to a faster wing later. But you can keep your paramotor for many years if you have chosen properly.
You will be not able to answer these questions before thinking about this:
What is (will be) your flying style?
This is the crucial question, although for a beginner sometimes hard to answer. Basically there are four possible answers>
– cross country cruiser
– low-level-fun/slalom addict
– acro madman
– thermalling junkie
Cross-country cruiser> Is it the birds-eye perspective on long crosscountry flights what you seek from paramotoring? Launch, gain altitude, let the brake toggles go and fly fast and far.
Or is there more to it?
Flying will never get boring but it is natural to human to seek progress. It may happen that after some airtime you look for some more adrenaline. You may look for disciplines where you could learn/show more skills.
If yes, you will have much higher requirements on your paramotor and your priorities will change.
Here is a summary of what your priorities would be: