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How To Fly A Paramotor!



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and then I grab this line real steep

like that and it's like one two three

and then we're doing a sack or going

around backwards and I'm like

so this is Jake our Memorial Airport

we're here because if you've been

following along we have a two-week TFR

presidential temporary flight

restriction back at home

we are gonna do something a little

different I've noticed like a lot of

comments of people that are new to the

channel new to paramotors and basically

know absolutely nothing about paramotors

so I want to go kind of like back to

basics and talk about how to control a

paramotor

I've said a lot of times in the past

that I don't ever want to teach like how

to fly in a video but these concepts are

so basic that I'm not afraid of anyone

like using them to go out and train

themselves rather than getting formal

training which is highly recommended

yeah I just want to kind of talk about

some of the basic stuff and then a

little bit more advanced of control

methods and 2d steering because a lot of

people have asked about that recently

I'll explain that when we get in the air

we've got about half an hour there's

thunderstorms in the area so we're gonna

keep an eye on those also what you got

there champ

Greenpeace snack crisps by harvest snap

slightly salted sounds like some rabbit

food to me

okay first lesson and kind of control

paramotor this is very very basic by the

way don't take any of this as like oh it

looks easy this is just a whole lot more

to it I'm just gonna explain it in very

basic terms so in my hands here I've got

to break toggles between my index and

middle fingers I've got the A's which

are the front of the wing around my

thumbs and then in this hand I have my

throttle which is my ring and monkey

finger for power all right so I'm gonna

run forward I'm gonna pull light

pressure on the A's while pulling the

wing up mostly with my body run run run

get the wing up add the power

get on the break

and as I come off the ground I pull a

little bit of brake pressure basically

to get myself lift alright that was the

quick and dirty how to launch a

paramotor don't go try it at home

because it won't work like that

all right go poll is being positioned I

got to avoid these trees

all right so it dawned on me I've never

made a video this basic but I've started

to realize just looking at people's

comments that there are quite a number

of people watching the videos currently

that don't know like anything about

paramotors so this is paramotor basics

on how to control your paramotor

in the air like I said I'll reinforce

the enough idea get formal training if

you're going to get into the sport it's

not worth risking trying to do it

yourself

there's just way too much to it to try

to learn all on your own in my opinion

so let's start out basic at my left hand

I've got my handy throttle they have

different ones different hand grips and

everything but basically throttle is up

and down some people think that you have

to pull on your brakes to go up and down

but really that's only momentary

up and down

your real climate descent is controlled

by your throttle so I've got a bunch of

trees in front of me I want to get some

altitude

just in case my motor dies I'm just

gonna squeeze my throttle nice and

smooth

power increases and I start going up

that's all there is to that

now look easy over here I've got a nice

open field I want to come down and play

in it roll off a throttle

nice and easy and I start gliding down

then a nice comfortable angle and then

somewhere in the middle is cruise power

super simple

there's going for it alright so up next

we have the break toggles you can see

those here they're stowed on a magnet

and very simply if that's a word

simply yeah as an orange juice if you

pull right you go right if you pull

after you go left the way it works is it

makes drag on the wing and slows that

side down essentially so very simple to

do if I want to go right because there's

high tension lines in front of me and I

don't want to get zapped and die I'll

just pull on the right one just a little

bit and it'll make a nice turn

same thing if I want to swing left pull

left but here's where it gets a little

tiny bit more complicated we also have

weight shift and weight shift kind of

sounds self-explanatory and shifting

your weight in the harness the way the

suspension system works is your glider

is clipped into this arm over here and

this arm is fitted throughout the

harness and then the whole motor and

frame basically hangs off the back of

this arm so what that means is this

harness moves it articulates left and

right to do a proper you would kind of

get your weight up top close to this

riser and then shift your weight in the

harness onto your right leg now my

center of gravity is shifted to the

right and in the sea I'm actually

tilting the sea port to the right and

you can see we're carving a nice slow

right turn if I come back to neutral

we can fly straight again I'll hold my

go Pole we want to go left shift your

weight left you can cross your leg all

the way over to exaggerate it but I'd

never do that in real life so we just

made a 90-degree left turn now the way

you combine both of those in in real

life and in good form is use both of

them together if anyone's familiar with

flying an airplane you have ailerons and

rudder and basically to make a

coordinated turn you use both of them

together so if I wanted to make a right

360 around this house proper form would

be look right lead right and that pole

right

and I can make a nice

with this wing it doesn't take punch I

use two fingers on my break you can

really steer around with very light

pressure so if you're thinking in terms

of an airplane if you do a shallow turn

you can kind of just use your ailerons

bank it and do a very shallow turn but

when you start to get into this steeper

turns you have to combine your elevator

and sometimes your power too

so in a pair of motor if I wanted to do

a really tight 360 what it would look

like is look lean pull add power

and pulling both brakes in the turn it

really it slows down your forward speed

while creating more lift so your radius

of your turn gets tighter if that makes

sense how am i doing am i am i sounding

like a good teacher if I sound like a

good teacher hit the thumbs up

okay final concept I've seen a lot of

comments about this recently I think

because I'm using like a lot of

different camera angles and some people

noticed that my brake line over here

actually has two lines and that's pretty

standard for wings of this class like a

slalom style now any beginner glider or

like any paragliding way that's not

designed for a motor eventually only has

one line okay so what this system does

it's called 2d steering because it gives

you like two dimensions really this bait

line the inner one goes through this

pulley and then spreads out to 95% of

the weight on the right side the other

line doesn't go through the pulley and

just connects like five percent of the

tip and what that beads is if I stow

this brake still both brakes and I pull

on just the tip line

all I'm doing is curling that tip around

but it's extremely effective look at

this one finger

and it's

if I pull on the other line the same

thing will happen

but it's a port 50 turn if that

it's a lot more pressure like a pulling

four pounds of four

because it's grabbing like more surface

area of the wing the tip is almost like

power steering and the way you use these

two lines together is if I pull close to

my body like in line with the riser I

engage the tip or then the centerline

but if I push out you can see it goes

through the pulley and I've been gauging

like the whole Center half of the wing

so one example of how you would use that

is if you wanted to do a big slalom turn

you could approach the pylon and start

the turn with just the tip push out

while you're in the turn to get that

lift and tighten the radius and then

like use the opposite tip to roll back

and then be right on heading so it kind

of look like this

now there's a lot of different ways you

can use all that stuff together and it

just kind of it gives you more options

more capability something you kind of

learn to work with over time I think I'm

gonna head back to the airport it's got

to be getting close to sunset but I want

to get a lot of altitude on the way

there so I'm gonna throttle up and fly

all right let's talk about some more

advanced things a lot of people like

I'll say I'm gonna trim out and often

people are like what does that mean but

it's hard for me to explain every single

time what I'm just in the moment so

here's the explanation for trimming out

there's different ways to control our

speed paramotor wings they just want to

fly at one constant speed it's not like

adding power makes you go faster or

slower you have to change the wings

angle of attack to go faster or slower

and that's what the troops do so

basically on the back of the riser

we got the trip which is this one on

each side and on the front we have this

guy which is referred to as a speed bar

and I don't have my speed bar set up but

I'll explain that second so the trips

are on the back and they link to the DS

and the Seas and

slightly on this way and basically when

you let the trip out it lets up the back

edge of the wing so you're changing the

angle of attack relative to the wind

like if you stick your hand out of the

window you do one of these numbers

you're flattening out so it can go

faster I'll do that I'll dump the trips

what I do is I put a finger on each of

them and then you push the little thing

you see it slid out by waiting just

dough a little bit these lines went up

shifted like that

and now we're cruising a little bit

faster

this way I cruise with it in the middle

that's what's recommended basically

that's where 95% of my flying is if you

want to go even faster you can use the

speed bar and I rarely have my speed bar

set up I'd like to fly with it more but

it's really just in my opinion not that

necessary so the speed bar hooks onto

this line it goes down through a pulley

that's connected to the arm then a

pulley connected to my harness and then

there's a bar behind my needs and you

hook it on your heel and push it forward

extend your knees and lock them and what

that'll do is it grabs this and pulls

down like the A's B's and C's and on

this particular wing I would say about a

third of the speed range is in the trims

and the other two-thirds comes from the

speed bar now the thing is when you

increase your speed you kind of reduce

your maneuverability so at slower speeds

you can throw the wing around and go

crazy but once you get going really fast

on these wings

you're basically damn that's a nice

house on a straight line and you can

make finer course corrections

so I don't really do that often but it's

a nice thing to do because this wasn't a

haul ass it'll do like 50 something

files an hour is that like a NASCAR car

number 36

that's crazy it looks like a NASCAR car

there's two of them 72 well I hope you

guys enjoyed my teacher pulpit my

tutorial on how to control paramotor in

the air maybe you learned something

maybe you do everything and it was

boring but thanks for watching you know

thanks for sticking around till now I'd

like to do more very basic videos many

people think that I build my pair of

motors and they're not commercially

available and they're like oh you should

mass-produce these you'd make a lot of

money but they are like being

mass-produced right now I bought this so

I was going to go over kind of like a

basically buy motor and why I fly it

and then like Jaclyn's motor and why she

flies it and any other pilot that I come

across with a different motor do like an

interview session with them so let me

know in the comments if you like that

sort of thing if you're not into it

that's cool I won't do it but I'm gonna

do a thing I want to do a sat on pole

cam so I'm not really gonna explain much

of how this goes but I brace on my riser

maybe I will and then I grab this line

real steep like that and

yeah it's like one few three and then

we're doing a set and we're going around

backwards and I'm like and then you kind

of give it a little outside break a

little inside break and now you're like

mad dizzy and your lack kuda handle

water okay I'm gonna keep keep it

rolling and keep teaching until we touch

the ground because that's today's

episode paramotors kind of fly like

pendulums they it is a pendulum or a

weight hanging on a string so left and

right and forward and aft you can have

oscillations and one of the cool things

is you use those oscillations in a good

way to maneuver and that's part of

learning to fly

so basically when I land

I get a big swoop

kill my motor hope I didn't come in

downwind and abyss oh hey

it was lumpy you wouldn't have liked it

it would have been possible it wasn't

dangerous but you wouldn't have liked it

I feel like such a teacher the whole

time I just rambled on like this is how

you fly a pair of motor I hope people

enjoy it

you better enjoy it all right we're all

packed up not ready to go I have to go

breaking the FBO and use the bathroom

but I'll keep it short hope you guys

enjoyed this one if you do leave a

comment don't forget let me know what

you think about the whole like super

basic beginner stuff like my paramotor

and why I like it and Jaclyn's paramotor

and why she likes it when I fly it yeah

next time next time when it's not bumpy

and thunderstorm II all right I will see

you guys in the next one

Jaqueline don't kill it Oh