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
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.
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.
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:
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
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 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.