Paramotors - a unique way to fly with an engine and propeller strapped to the pilot’s back and a paraglider-style canopy for a wing. In the slalom event, the pilots must complete the navigation around several different circuits marked by inflatable pylons in the fastest possible time.
Paramotor flying requires accurate control of the canopy as well as the engine; many manoeuvres need a change in direction co-ordinated with careful balance of engine power. Pilots must be able to demonstrate a high level of skill and pinpoint control to fly the course quickly and precisely. The competition is fierce and one missed pylon on a slalom course is all that is needed to throw away a medal opportunity.
Each qualifying task is scored separately and these scores are added together to determine the top 16 pilots to go through to the final. TELL ME MORE! Paramotoring (also known as powered paragliding) enables the pilot to take off from level ground unassisted and climb to altitude; there is no need to launch from a hill or high ground. Modern paramotors are capable of speeds up to 75km/h with an average duration of 4 hours, though the current world distance record extends to some 1100km. Paramotors units typically weigh 30kg; after a short take-off run of 10-20m this weight is carried by the wing. The pilot sits in a chair-type harness, controlling the engine output with a hand throttle lever. With a wide network of schools and clubs, coupled with the easy transportation of the engine and wing, paramotors represent an accessible, viable and low-cost route into the world of aviation.
“Speed, accuracy and control"
Microlight and Paramotor
Alexandre MATEOS (FRA)
Piotr FICEK (POL)
Jérémy PENOME (FRA)