The toughest, longest and possibly one of the hardest paramotor race on the world . That or this is the ICARUS Trophy!!
A race like no other, where the pilots fly from dusk till dawn across the wilderness of USA, from Eatonville,WA to Valley Springs, CA.
So, who was able to take part/enter the ICARUS Trophy?
Literally anybody, with a paramotor, a valid licence, a massive pair of balls and a good amount of bravery.
Good amount of bravery and that balls thing, but why? Just imagine yourself sitting in a harness from 8 to 10 hours a day, couple of thousands feet above the ground, carrying a 20 kilograms of extra weight plus keeping your hands above your head most of the time. And, if that was not enough, add a bit of cold weather into this mix…
NOW, if you are thinking that only a couple of self-hurting masochists entered this crazy event (and to be honest we would think the same), than you are completely WRONG!!!
23, yes twenty three pilots entered this once in a lifetime race. And to be honest, non of them are genetically modified über-people with wings stitched to their backs. In fact, these are guys just like you or me, from around the world the average-joes if you like. 23 brave souls ranging from a painter to a doctor.
So, why is this event so interesting to us? For three simple reasons.
Reason One: It is the first event of its kind with a paramotor (you know that we love anything that is paramotor).
Reason Two: This is the way how most of the people fly with their paramotors. Except, the extreme conditions.
Reason Three: There are 4 pilots with SCOUT paramotor taking part in this event.
So lets focus on the third reason a bit more. Why? Because our paramotors have a few tricks up their sleeves or features that make them perfect for cross country flight.
Feature numero uno: D.T.C. or dynamic torque compensation, which is unique to SCOUT paramotors . In short, this feature eliminates the torque effect created by
the propeller (even at full trims and full speed-bars ). To find out more about D.T.C click here.
Feature numero duo: Aerodynamically shaped outer hoop section and spars, which creates less drag and so reducing fuel consumption further more.
Feature numero tre: Reclined position of the harness while propeller angle still perfectly vertical in flight.
While these features make it easier to fly a paramotor in events like these, it is always the pilots level of experience, luck and decisions that plays the crucial role.
Thank you guys @ TEAM FLY HALO, who helped organizing this event.
And at last but not least, a big shout outs to the guys who flew the SCOUT, we are super super proud of you guys.