Paramotor Geometry, Part 4: How much weight-shift authority you get?

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Things might get a little controversial in this video… spicy especially in the second part of it.

This is part 4 in our classroom. Miroslav Svec, designer of SCOUT paramotors shares his knowledge about paramotor construction, the theory and reasoning behind. At the moment we have around 30 videos on the list. At the end of this, you will be able to make a qualified judgment what is the ultimate best paramotor for you.

Your weight-shift authority depends on following:
1. carabiner position: high, medium or low
2. bar type: fixed or moving

* Fixed bars keep the harness rigid and will not allow doing weight-shift by leg work.
* Moving bars will do: you could lift one leg and press the other down to unload one side of the glider and load the other.

Yet the more efficient way of doing weight-shift steering is leaning over as you transfer a lot more weight to one side.
* High suspension systems will not allow you to move your body sideways as you have the carabiners next to your ears and there is nowhere to move to.
* medium and low suspension systems have the bar under your arm and nothing on the side of your body. Thus feel free to lean over the bar.

The paramotor fights back:
Weight-shift steering is basically an effort of getting your paramotor out of balance position. The higher the suspension point is the stronger is the tendency of the paramotor to swing back – more pendulum auto-balance behavior.

* Low suspension + moving bars + little pendulum auto-balance = best weight-shift
* high suspension will give you least weight-shift authority.

TEASER for next video: there are at least two pictures in comparison WRONG. Try to find out before we explain in next video….

Understand your paramotor to become a better pilot.

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