ANR: Automatic Noise Reduction or sometimes called ENC: Electronic Noise Cancelling. Either is a good description of what is happening. Typical paramotor helmet with ear muffs or headset are PNR: Passive Noise Reduction, this is the foam filled ear muffs that protect your ears from the engine & prop noise.
Combine this PNR with ANR into a Paramotor Helmet and you get a double wammy effect on reducing engine & prop noise.
Standard PNR ear muffs reduce noise by 18-30dB (decibels) depending on the brand and intended use. Most paramotor headsets I have tried are rated around the 26-28dB mark.
Adding the ANR reduces low frequency noise by a further 18-24dB, added to the 28dB protection from the PNR we are in for a quiet ride. The ANR really only works for the low frequency noise i.e.: the engine drone, prop thump. On test the effect really is surprising, with the flick of a switch and in a moment a big reduction in noise, the feeling of being in a sound proof room comes over you.
In the following graph you can see the effect of PNR + ANR has on a range of frequencies.
Combine that to a radio headset push to talk communications with a noise cancelling mic and iPod input, flying PPG becomes even more luxurious.
100cc Belt drive with a clutch, easy pull start engine, competes head to head with the well known Top80 and other engines in this class. Build quality is high, economy is good, power is 50kg + category, the engine feels small and I wouldn’t believe the delivery box even contained an engine. UK price of £1995 with auto decompressor (as shown on the custom-air website)
Lightweight & compact construction
The very light engine is built small, nicely and compact with the use of only highest quality materials. Well manufactured in all details by the use of most modern techniques with a smart constellation of components which are perfectly working together.
The engine is easy to start up, with a smooth and constant run at idle. The well adjusted carburetor together with the unique HIFLOW-SHOT air box care for an even run in all revolutions. Perfectly balanced crankshaft, fly wheel and shafts care for a low vibration. The fan cooling prevents the engine against overheating and allows long duration runs at full power.
Power & thrust
Considering the small size and very low weight, the moderate compression ratio for a durable and long life span, the small displacement, the engine gives an optimum thrust and astonishing power.
The well proven engine concept and the use of highest quality materials and components, the best workmanship and accurate engine assembly, all grant for a highest quality product and reliable engine run throughout a long period of operation.
Sporting some promising specs:
one cylinder 2 stroke
gear ratio of belt drive
membrane DLE with choke
20,4HP (15KW) at 9200RPM
rope hand starter
2,8 – 3,2l/h
HIFLOW-SHOT air box
unleaded 98 Octane
(with exhaust – all complete)
Chromium plated, Carbon silencer
max. build-in length
(rotation anti clockwise)
CT/E100125V1-2BW wood 2 blade or
H/E100125V1-2BC Carbon 2 blade
above a video showing a test where the engine is run flat-out for 2 hours in a heated room.
Air Conception the well known French Paramotor manufacturer has produced a Titanium Exhaust for their Ultimate 130cc engine, making this little power plant even lighter. The engine that was already one of the lightest power to weight units available is now only 10.5kg when fitted with the titanium exhaust, with specs of 25hp & claimed thrusts up to 68kg. Not only lighter the titanium exhaust is reported to be stronger and quieter.
Adding the titanium exhaust brings the complete weight of the Ultimate 130 titanium paramotor down to a mere 19.5kg. We can say it is a nice looking exhaust and a welcome departure from the common black painted exhausts we are used to seeing. Can be seen in the UK at Custom-Air.
Since the beginning of the year Bailey Aviation have been designing and developing a new PPG 2 stroke engine, known as the Hornet. The Hornet has been designed due to many customer requests for an ‘Ultimate’ 2 stroke engine that is powerful, lightweight and reliable.
The engine is a twin cylinder design that is very compact and lightweight. It will fit in the ‘higher power’ end of the market and be primarily aimed at slalom competition flying.
Utilising a helical gear reduction system, centrifugal clutch and manual pull start arrangement, power output is around 28-30hp (TBC) and all up weight is around 15.5kg.
They will be officially launching this new engine at the Coupe-Icare exhibition in St Hilaire in France from 19th-22nd September. Why not come and see it for yourself – for details of the Coupe-Icare exhibition, please visit their official website here:- www.coupe-icare.org/GB_home.html
Specification and prices for the Hornet will be relesed over the coming weeks, so please make sure to re-visit their web site for the latest updates. http://www.baileyaviation.com
The bullet riser shown left has been designed to produce a reduced area to the direction of travel and airflow.
Bullet Riser – a revolutionary design of riser. (In the best APCO tradition thinking outside the box)
The riser which will set the future design for the industry – reduction of riser drag by 80% and more.
Its drop shaped branches produce only a fraction of the drag produced by regular risers. It is still made from the same 25mm. width webbing, butshaped into a tear drop profile – easy to understand and handle.
See the photos comparing the 2 risers and their frontal areas – on the left bullet riser, right side regular riser –
no further comments required! – A truly intelligent design.
It is a very effective way of improving performance without sacrificing safety, handling and integrity of the wing.
We like the idea and see its another step towards the future of flying.
What swing say: Advanced PPG pilots can look forward to new levels in stability, agility and speed. SWING’s paramotor brand POWERPLAY has developed the SCORPIO, the new reflex wing, and tested it according to the most exacting of considerations. In charge of this was multiple German champion and record holder Peter Schulz, who followed every step of development extremely carefully and thus had considerable input into the development of the SCORPIO.
This sweet looking vario has a long list of features. GPS, G-meter, compass, GSM tracker, 5D visualisation, bluetooth, micro sd.
After three years of development, Italian style dressed by Daniel Valsesia, Digifly is pleased to introduce: AIR, conceived for competitors, it is the new top of the line, high-resolution displayintegrated vario.
Its shape is optimized to the maximum strength; his display offers the best visibility also in bright light conditions and his four big operative keys ensure the best accessibility even wearing big gloves.
The Digifly AIR is sold in a single full functions version, with only two optional choices:
1) hang gliding pilots can ask for the installation of the optional pitot tube
2) whoever can ask for the installation of the optional GSM-GPRS module needed for the internal Live Tracking, although this is not essential, as the Digifly AIR is equipped with a 4th generation Bluetoothprocessor able to communicate with every current mobile device, e.g. a smartphone on which you can install, for free, the Live Tracking app XC Soar.
Ozone say: The Spark is the ideal choice for your first paramotor flights. In the beginning, paramotoring can feel complicated and cumbersome, and the Spark is designed to make your first flights as safe and simple as possible, with an incredibly easy launch and highly forgiving in-flight characteristics. Simply put, with the Spark, your PPG progression will be faster and more enjoyable.