The Worlds Longest Paramotor Race, The Icarus Trophy

The Icarus Trophy is a massive 2 week long unsupported air race on paramotors. It launches with the pioneers race across the USA on the 12th of October 2015

the Icarus trophy

We all start in one place with a paramotor on our backs and finish up in another one – a bloody long way away. In between these two points one of the greatest adventures on the planet is waiting to slap you about the chops.

Unsupported means you’ll be flying with everything you need to survive strapped to your very person. If you get lost, it’s down to you to get yourself unlost.

The Icarus Trophy is a real timed race but first it’s an adventure. That means you don’t have to be super competitive to take part. We always find the people who come in last have the best stories to tell.

more about Icarus Trophy here

icarus trophy track

Track the competitors live here

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the 2015 Coupe Icare is upon us 17th-20th September

The 42nd COUPE ICARE will welcome you happily in St Hilaire du Touvet – Lumbin from September 17-20, 2015.

The world’s greatest free flight encounter, packed with emotion, audacity, creativity, fantasy, thrills and laughter, colour and dreams and an unflinching passion for flying

http://www.coupe-icare.org/GB_home.html

Air Conception release the Nitro 200cc engine

Long time in development this promising looking engine in an astonishing achievement of light weight and power.

At only 11.8kg and boasting 74kg thrust with 125cm prop. This makes it the lightest engine giving over 70kg thrust.

Photo below is a prototype model.

nitro 190

Spec: 28hp @ 8100 rpm, Pull Start, Belt Drive with a reduction of 1:2.7, the tiny silencer comes with an integrated Db killer.

With Air Conception having a reputation for reliability from their 130cc engines we have high hopes for this 200cc.

Coupled to their titanium paramotor quoting all up weight of only 19kg, it is another first in this power band.

Click for> Nitro 200 specs

All Air Conception Products can be discussed on the Official Air Conception Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/airconception/

Parafest 2015 : 12-14th June PG, PPG, MTB possibly UK’s Biggest Event

PARAFEST 2015 – An event not to be missed

parafest-logo

This summer a brand new flying show and social event for the paragliding and paramotoring community is hitting the UK calendar.

Situated in a picturesque country-central location and in the landing fields of the popular paragliding site Llangollen, North Wales will be Parafest 2015.

The camp and showground are at the base of Llangollen hill and there are plenty of other free-flying sites in the surrounding area that are within easy driving distance. We also have a flying field for paramotors and plenty of unrestricted airspace.

With paramotor and paragliding trader’s and schools exhibiting, a market area, kids zone, chainsaw carving, other sideshow attractions, caterers, all- weekend camping and a bar with live music in the marquee on Friday and Saturday nights Parafest 2015 will be a weekend to remember whatever the weather.

more info on Parafest Website

Parafest on Facebook

41st Coupe Icare 18th to 21st September 2014

coupe icare 41

The 41st COUPE ICARE will welcome you happily in St Hilaire du Touvet – Lumbin from September 18-21, 2014.

The world’s greatest free flight encounter, packed with emotion, audacity, creativity, fantasy, thrills and laughter, colour and dreams and an unflinching passion for flying… announces its programme for this Fall:

http://www.coupe-icare.org/GB_home.html

A Trade Fair uniting over 200 worldwide manufacturers and other enterprises specialized in ultra light air sports des sports: paragliding, paramotor, hang gliding, ULM, sky diving….

Over 5000 m² of trade fair grounds are covered.

 

Aerobatic shows by hang glider and paraglider pilots
Acrobatic sailplane
ULM and gyro demos
Pulma and paramotors
Kites and boomerang
Icarobatix : a paramotor challenge among the world’s top pilots
Evolution of collectable aircraft : Bücker and team REVA
Parachuting and wingsuit
Air Force acrobatic team demo
Paraglider manufacturers demos
Thursday and Friday free days for pilots

 

World famous contest of costumed hang glider and paraglider pilots: exciting, hilarious, original, fantastically creative and daring

ANR (automatic noise reduction) Paramotor Helmet

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.

ANR paramotor helmet test

 

Combine that to a radio headset push to talk communications with a noise cancelling mic and iPod input, flying PPG becomes even more luxurious.

Link to the Paramotor Helmet with ANR headset we tested from http://www.paramotorhelmet.co.uk

Not all ANR systems are the same, all I can say is this one works very well. Our test paramotor was a Vittorazi Moster.

 

EOS 100 Paramotor Engine for PPG 9.5kg with 50kg Thrust

The Austrian made EOS 100 Paramotor engine.

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)

EOS 100 engine

  • 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.
  • Optimum operation
    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.
  • Reliable quality
    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.

EOS 100 engine front

Sporting some promising specs:

engine one cylinder 2 stroke
displacement 102cc
stroke 45mm
bore 54mm
compression ratio 1:10,2
gear ratio of belt drive 1:3,5
carburetor membrane DLE with choke
spark plug NGK B10HS
power 20,4HP (15KW) at 9200RPM
thrust >50kg
starter rope hand starter
cooling fan cooling
average consumption 2,8 – 3,2l/h
fuel inlet Reed valve
air inlet HIFLOW-SHOT air box
fuel recommendation unleaded 98 Octane
fuel mixture 2,5%
2-stroke oil full synthetic
weight
(w.o. exhaust)
7,4kg
weight
(with exhaust – all complete)
9,585kg
exhaust Chromium plated, Carbon silencer
max. build-in length 21cm
dimensions 57x34x25cm
propeller recommendation
(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.

50kg thrust test with 125cm wood prop

more info from www.eos-engine.com