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Hi

When a paramotor has different versions (Volution Micro, Compact, Macro) and max pilot weight stipulated per version, what are the ramifications of exceeding the max pilot weight?  Given that the micro has a 180cc motor, thats quite a powerful motor I would have thought but it stipulates 80kg max pilot weight.

 

Any input welcome.

 

Thanks

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The size of motor is not what determines the max weight for a frame/harness. The complete frame/harness/engine will be designed and tested to take a certain maximum g loading. Of course most pilots will never deliberately push their kit to maximum g, but sometimes it can happen by accident. Going a little over-weight will in normal flights make little difference. But do you want to be the one to test it. 

 As you have said, motor size is important for ensuring enough thrust available for a bigger pilot and helps getting airborne easier in low wind.

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The wing is the more important governor of weight now that these days almost any engine will fly almost any person. Neil's rule of thumb is a really good bit of advice for someone to start safely in the sport. With experience and knowing what wing you want to settle with you may then decide to go more or less on the power depending on your flying style.

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Max pilot weight relates to the thrust of the motor and has nothing to do with loadings or withstanding G's.

Smaller motors will have a smaller max pilot weight. The figure is given as a guide for pilots flying a typical, suitably sized, reflex wing. Pilots are free to ignore this recommendation once they know what they want, for instance, if flying a bigger/ smaller or, PG style wing.

Loadings and ultimate G's are really down to your confidence in the machine/harness and the manufacturers behind them. Remember nothing is tested and certified by independent testing organisations here. Some manufacturers make machines suitable for acro use and some most certainly do not.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Mr Jones there's heavier pilots than you flying, but yes you'll need a large wing and probably burn more fuel than the average person, also take a little further to take-off and climb a fraction slower , but nothing's stopping you from flying a Paramotor.

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On 8/23/2017 at 16:59, cjones86 said:

Thanks for the quick feedback. Do you guys recommend any certain motors? I've looked into scout, parajet, and fresh breeze. I live in the states so I don't know if the same things will be available over here.

Like Andy says 185  up engines give plenty of thrust, but are you a fit youngster who can carry a paramotor on his back for long periods, which means you could go for a slighter heavier robust machine to take knocks, or are you a fragile older person who'd benefit from a lighter machine which possibly will need more expensive repairs, or you may be a gifted flyer and pick up the sport instantly, if possibly get to know more pilots in your area and have a chat and feel different motors to see if there's a trend, or a better make and model that suits you.

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