With little structure and no real wing, how fast can these things go?
When we think of pilots we often think of those that fly in enclosed cockpits, surrounded in dials and screens, and whether they’re in small hobby aircraft, military helicopters, or big commercial jets, we tend to picture the same thing. However, there are many pilots out there are piloting some more extreme aircraft.
Today, we’re looking at paramotoring, or powered paragliding. When paramotoring, the pilot actually straps a motor onto his or her back, and is able to take off with little to know assistance from any other source. While they usually fly much slower and lower to the ground than a traditional small aircraft, they still can reach altitudes of up to 20,000 feet. Most paramotors generally fly around 25-45 MPH. There are few controls involved and they are generally designed to be flown in low to no wind. While safem, there is very little structure around the craft. This is truly an activity for the thrill seeker.
In this video we are taken on a ride over fields and parks and shown exactly how neat piloting such a simple, yet still complex, aircraft can be. With speeds up to 45 MPH and a few barrel rolls, we get a glimpse into what it would be like if our cockpit was the open air. While most of us will stick with our less adventurous modes of flight, it’s still pretty neat to go on these thrilling Youtube ride-alongs.