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  1. It finally here, I am really pleased, something we have been waiting for and I think maybe a worlds first? The first ever oil specifically produced for paramotors, as in not a motorbike or gokart or chainsaw oil but one which is formulated for paramotoring with our fairly unique style of engine running. This is designed specifically to suit the Nitro and Tornado engines. A year in testing and finalising the formula. It is designed to give ultimate protection while also decreasing the carbon deposits. What better oil to use than the manufacturers own formula, it takes the guess work out of it.
  2. Fly what you enjoy. Thats my answer. Same old discussions, for every point of view there is another alternative point of view. as an example, Steve above says Parajet has the advantage of being able to choose the best motors. I could argue that nitro and tornado are the best and they can't choose those. lol. but in more serious terms, yes for sure with Parajet you have a wider choice of engines, but really I see only the Moster variants are viable choices. That can be good and bad, as when it comes to warranty, with Air Conception it is one company that covers all, with other manufacturers its then a negotiation between the frame manufacturer and the engine supplier, it is a line I have walked in the past. I had problems with Polini warranty over repeated holed pistons on those thor200s, in the end I paid for a customers new engine myself out of sheer embarrassment and the need to offer a service that was repeatedly being failed by the engine manufacturer. I think its great we have such a wide choice of kit to suit every pilots needs. We all start with some idea or a list of things which are important to us in a paramotor. Which ever one ticks the most of your boxes is the winner for you. It is different for everyone. Light weight, simplicity, reliability are my top ticks. I currently fly a sub 18kg nitro, fold down frame which fits a suitcase. I have also had a tornado but I didn't need the power for my weight, wing size and style of flying. Previously I have had a number of different machines over the years including a Parajet Moster. I have no regrets on any past paramotor, they led me to learn what I value for my style. What is important to me, is the pilot gets the right machine for them so they have more fun for longer as thats all we want, we fly for fun.
  3. my personal insurance for flying a paramotor in Malaysia and I included electric unicycle in Singapore come to £42, to add the paramotor for luggage insurance would bring it to £1200, so it was carry at your own risk, I took the £42 medical cover. For extra protection I put a GPS tracker in my paramotor in the case, and a tile. it was nice to see the tile ping up while sitting on the plane, knowing my bag was on board.
  4. I thought I should share a little video of that trip. It starts with my hotel arrival and the first time I open my suitcase, then some clips of the adventure. Its really opened up the world to flying.
  5. Hi Peter, Sounds like a little carb tuning is needed, it will help you smooth out that mid range point you want to fly at. Maybe just tweaking the high and low screws is enough. Base setting is 1 turn out on low and high. Sometimes high is 1:10. setting the low to 50 or 55 and the high to 1- 1:05 will help. If all this sounds like a foreign language, seek help.
  6. Lets start at the beginning. On my Air Conception I feel the torque is very well managed, any AC pilot I think would agree to that. I don't need to cross my legs to fly straight, the torque is well managed just like other Paramotors with similar style hang points, MacFly, Parajet Maverick, Miniplane etc, the latest off set S bars all work very well. I got curious about more anti-torque when I saw more people talking about scout, nirvana and the netting mounted lamels, still sceptical myself and not wanting things attached to my netting, I made my own design. Developed them with some testing and some prototypes later, I was happy and impressed. Fear of being bias to myself I got my results confirmed by another pilot. He was blown away. So then I made a bunch more and sent some out for reviews. Photo insert is more flight testing in Malaysia. What it highlighted to me was how much torque is still present even on well designed well managed setups. I would say it is a non issue that does not need solving, not compared to Paramotors of old. but... once we got it right, the neutral feeling in flight is even better and with no drawbacks, why wouldn't I keep them fitted. I use them all the time now. It is like the icing on the cake. Comments have been good "I have never flown a paramotor like it, zero torque". Thats not everyones experience, reduced and improved for sure, there is a compromise and it depends on your power vs weight, prop size etc. They work and have real effect. The results are bigger than the sum of the parts, that is what seems so amazing. So why I am posting now? Woody has a nice unbiased test. He is flying a Tornado with an ACRO wing which is a harder test. He seems happy and also keeping them fitted which says all I needed to know. Woodys Video below. Some other test videos coming from other pilots I am told. A few pilots known to me have tested and now also flying with the VectorBlades.
  7. just a single strap across the machine from each side boot latch. Hold it in and down.
  8. The trip ends with a city flight through Kuala Lumpur. This is one I have done before but this year was a little different. It was a longer flight starting further out of the city and being my 2nd time I was more relaxed and noticed more lading options. A carefully decided route and check points kept things marginally safe considering the city flight through tall buildings. It was a 1 hour flight all in.
  9. This next video was a day where I got to fly barefoot and water drag, beach drag, just playing, flying up and down the same length of coast about 10km of shallow water and soft sand and no one to annoy.
  10. So I have flown Malaysia before and opted for an expensive Fedex service to guarantee my motor arrival for the week of flying planned. This time, 2nd go around I feel more relaxed and prepared. Deciding to use the new Air Conception Nitro Split, which is basically a split frame version of a standard nitro paramotor. The big deal is, its just enough that it fits in a standard suitcase, it doesn't stand out, it doesn't get pegged as sports equipment and went straight on the plane no questions asked except that I have removed all li-po batteries from by luggage. I chose a pull start machine so it was a non issue. With a limit of 30-32kg depending who you spoke to, I was well in at 26kg all padded out with a spare prop included. This left me just enough to pack my Ozone wing in another bag and still be just in the 32kg allowance. I dropped in a couple of Tile app tracking devices, one in each bag and while not perfect, it was comforting to know that my bags were within range once we were up and flying on the 14 hour trip, so I knew at least they were onboard. Everything went semi smoothly, my connecting flight I had not booked hold luggage and to do that last minute added £100 costs to the shortest part of the journey. Had I booked ahead it could have been £50, the Air Asia internal flight itself was £12 + £100 luggage, yes it is just like a RyanAir service.. Booking in the UK through a 3rd party I did not get any luggage options, so I knew it was going to be a hiccup along the route, sometime though, I find Malaysia pretty chilled out about luggage, it depends who you get. Everything turned up good, still intact, even the wheels were still on my case, considering it was an Ebay purchase, I expected it would last one trip or even just one way. It managed the trip home and still has 4 wheels. Soon I was in a hotel, building my paramotor up, ready for the first flights. I will link a couple of videos from youtube, I made these on my phone with Gopro quick so while not perfect it gives an idea of the flying fun to be had in Malaysia. Typical weather was gentle land breeze of uptown 5mph switching to a sea breeze by lunch time. This made for easy fairly smooth all day flying in 34-36c heat, the sea breeze made it a doddle to do stop and go, or land for a swim and carry on flying. The forecast from the UK was solid thunder and rain for 10 days. That was happening but about 10 miles in from the coast, we had bright sun everyday. Flying along, I find some weak lift and hug the shoreline to fly some hidden coves and an abandoned hotel complex, using a little bit of power when needed and idling when the lift was there.
  11. how long do you idle? The vibration is always more on a lighter machine as there is not the weight in the cassis to smooth it out. I have had various machines over the years and actually the moster in the AC frame had the most vibration, it was smoother in the zenith but then thats a 6.5kg chassis with a 1.2kg helix prop vs a 2.5kg chassis and a 600g prop. All that said the race2 frame has changed the geometry some what, so while standing on the ground you can feel the engine, in flight with curved back bars the harness is more floating in position rather than leaning on the frame, reducing transferred vibration. For 99% of actual AC pilots the vibration question is a non event. I have never really noticed it being drastically different to any other paramotor except for a counter balanced engine. It was something started and pushed about on facebook by a competitor, I welcome owners comments. The clutch non clutch vibration difference is very small. The tornado I flew was maybe a little smoother than my nitro, its hard to tell. It was also a 3 blade 140cm vs a 2 blade
  12. Notch, its an organised tour, a group of us 11 in total I think. Transfer KL to Kuala Terrenganu in North East. Then we fly north to Penarik and back, then next day to Dungun, each day a different hotel with local flights, to Chukai, to Balok. transfer to KL, fly through the city of KL where trip ends. I then catch a flight on to Singapore for 2 days to ride EUC before heading home via KL. Message me, maybe you can tag on to the KL city flight, some one joined last time just for that flight, I can give you the organisers name to contact, from Lankawi flight park.
  13. I am off to Malaysia flying down the coast, hotel to hotel. Thats why the fuss with suit cases. Changed a few things this paramotor and it is now under 18kg
  14. well it fits, just in places and room to spare in other. I just put it all in zipped it up and weighed it. Nitro Split, complete with frame prop, fuel tank etc. plus a reserve parachute, 25.6kg including the case. Later with extra padding and maybe a spare prop it will be under 30kg 32" Suitcase, 12" deep
  15. I bought an XL poly plastic case on ebay. It all fits in but not all at the same time. The longest part is the outer hoop 83cm, my case corner to corner is 80cm because the corners are rounded and the trolly wheels impact on space. Opposite corner to corner top to bottom side to side the curved hoop sections fit, I will struggle with engine, its doable but would rub. I am thinking to try another case. I just need 3cm and it will all go in one normal looking case, easily and padded. I think a case without 4 wheels would give extra space. My aim is to have it all in one, wing, motor etc and still be in the 30kg limit, including the weight of the case.
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