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.
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.