PPG Safety while Flying Over Water on a Paramotor

Flying over water with a paramotor always presents us with a risk of drowning from a possible engine failure, wing malfunction or simply a pilot mistake.

There are specific water rescue systems than can be bought and added to your paramotor. There is also the wear a self inflating life jacket / vest not under, but along with your harness.

Obvious pros and cons of the purpose made design:

+ The frame fitted rescue system is neat and easy to leave in place.
– it’s added weight and I don’t always fly over water.
+ it’s made specifically for this purpose.
– it’s expensive.

Obvious pros and cons of the life vest option:

– I have to wear it with my harness and put it on correctly.
+ it’s not part of my machine so I only take it when I’m going to fly over water.
– it’s not made specifically for our sport.
+ it’s cheaper, typically being well under £100

Now the not so obvious pros and cons:

+ the vest can just keep your head clear of water.
+ the vest will keep you afloat once you release your motor harness.
– the built in system does not work so well with an empty fuel tank and you could end up face down in the water.
– the life vest must be worn correctly with you paramotor harness, in order for it to be effective.
+ the built in system has more overall buoyancy.

How do you wear the life vest and then your motor harness, it is important for the inflating part of your vest to be visible and showing outside your motor harness. See the video below.

Watch these video demonstrations from separate manufacturers testing Paramotors in water.

PAP testing in water with and without the Pilot life vest. Note how they wear the Life Vest.
PAP testing in Water

EC-Extreme testing various methods of keeping afloat, not all good ones either.
Water Rescue System PPG Testing

Nirvana demonstrating the AGAMA water rescue system.
AGAMA water rescue system

Footflyer test of the Agama system
Footflyer test of Agama water system

Agama system used in real water landing accident.
Real headcam footage of water landing.

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The AGAMA water rescue system
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A Life Vest (Plastimo Pilot)

Which ever system you choose, it seems clear that any of them would be better than none. Not flying over water at all is the safest option or only flying over water that is extremely shallow.

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Devin Supertramp Paramotor Video of the PARABATIX SKY RACERS

Parabatix skyracers gets the Devin Supertramp treatment. Devin has made a name for himself travelling around the world showcasing many different sports and talents bringing the top skills of a few individuals to be seen by the world via youtube. This time it was the turn of the Parabatix Skyracers. A flying competition dreamt up by Pascal from Paramania Powergliders, the manufacturer of the GTR featured in the video with many other wings and paramotors. Devin captures the control and freedom flying a paramotor brings plus the exciting colourful side of competition. Check out his video, click like and share to your facebook walls for all to see.

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Tried and Tested : the Ideal Car Tyre for the Paramotor Pilot

This seems a funny topic to be talking about for flying but as an adventurous bunch we do drive our cars off-road more than most and more than they were originally designed to. Getting to the all important take off site being the first priority. My front wheel drive Audi A3 is not the best wet grass hill climbing tool and will slip slide and get stuck in the mud…

Now that is old news thanks to fitting the Vredestein Quatrac 3 tyres. These are all season tyres, summer, winter, rain and snow, they even have the little snowflake logo and are legal to drive in Europe during the snowy season. The tyre tread is split in two, the outside half of the tyre is a summer rain road pattern, the inside half of the tread is an ice and snow pattern.

What does this mean for the PPG paramotor pilot? You get a comfortable use everyday tyre for the daily commute to work but it also grips like a tractor for the evenings and weekends that we go off-roading. The only downside I can find is when there is ice and snow, I have no excuse for not getting to work.

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Paramotor VS Jet Ski GTR Fever movie from Paramania

The latest movie from Pascal (http://www.Paramania.com) is an epic video filmed in the Everglades, Florida USA. Of a bunch of Paramotor pilots and Jet Ski riders going mad!
Paramania Team pilots get their GTRs out and pull off some pretty cool flying stunts! Walking on water, on the Jet ski and generally doing some pretty cool and extreme stuff! Pascal takes his Parajet Thor200 & GTR for a blast in this beautiful location of soft sandy beaches and flat water. Chilled out video which really show through the Paramania attitude of flying paramotors for fun and enjoying every moment.

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Women Fly Paramotors To – Female Pilots View – Ozone Video

In a male dominated world of flying paramotor, there is a growing trend of new female pilots. Partly due to light motors making the sport more accessible. There has always been ladys flying paragliders but now the move towards ppg is easier and enjoyable as this account from Squash Falconer explains when she gets to go paramotoring with the Ozone team in Annecy France, flying an Ozone Roadster.

“Show your wives and girl friends, now they have no excuses not to fly”

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