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Guys, please use this check list to go over your whole paramotor to make sure it's in tip top condition.


• Prop mounted correct way round

• Prop “waggle” sideways to axis

• Twist tips to discover splits or cracks

• Check for any visual signs of damage

• Clearance to frame check

• Check bolt tightness (not too tight)

• Check tips relative to frame for symmetry

Reduction system/gear box

1) Gear box

• Check breather

• Excess noise when running

• Move prop shaft to check bearing play and mounting bolts

• Check for oil leaks around seals

2) Belt drives

• Check belt tension and condition

• Check for residue (belt debris)

• Pulleys in line and belt running true

• Pulley and bearing play

Exhaust system

• Exhaust “waggle” for excessive play (frame contact)

• Exhaust outlet direction (safe)

• Cracks and corrosion (especially nr engine)

• Mounting bolts and anti vibration rubbers condition

• Free movement of joints (graphite lubrication)

• Safety lock wires on

• Clear of fuel and electrical components

• No obvious exhaust gas leaks

Fuel system

• Fuel mixture

• Fuel tank secure, straps & bolts

• Fuel tank condition – bottom

• Caps and seals – thread conditions – all tightly closed

• Fuel tank breather system open and functioning

• Check spark plug colour

• Fuel lines – condition, routing & security

• Fuel Line condition – suppleness & friction marks

• Fuel filters – fittings & clean (no water content)

• Air filter – in place, clean and security wire attached

• Carb secure, check for induction leaks, return spring, choke lever, cable condition and primer bulb system

• Throttle cable, routing, secure ends, good condition & free movement

• Cruise control off

Electrical system

• Kill switch – wiring & operation

• Ignition/main switch (electric start isolation switch)

• Battery secure and charged

• Battery terminals for corrosion & security

• Earth leads secure & in good condition

• HT lead and coil connections

• Plug cap secure

• Spark plug tight (not too tight)

Starter mechanism

1. Manual

• Pull cord condition & routing

• Return spring and ratchet working

• Length of cord

• Pulley system condition & security

2. Electrical

• Condition of starter ring and starter motor secure

• Bendix return spring working

• Greased

• Electrical connections secure (no chaffing)


• Alignment

• Mountings condition & fastenings

• Leaks – cylinder head & base, main bearing

• Castings for cracks

• Cooling cowlings condition & security

• Clean engine


• Straightness & geometry

• Frame “waggle” listen for clicks (welding cracks)

• Inspect welded joints

• Netting tension & security

• Specially around the engine mounts

• All fastenings

• Frame segments fitting correctly

• Hang points and attachments


• General condition of webbing & stitching

• Buckles clean and working correctly

• Symmetry in general fitting

• Mountings

• Mallions tight and locked off

• Adjustment mechanisms

• Karabiner width approx 42cm

• Speed bar/stirrup mechanism inc. stowing

• Pockets secure

• Reserve mounted correctly, reserve handles release ok

• D Shackles, check bolts for wear

Wing to Paramotor

• Karabiners clean in good condition, locking system working, back up system (if fitted) and gates facing inwards

• Speed system fitted correctly for pilot & wing

• Pulleys running free

• Lines and attachments in good condition

• Karabiners to harness/webbing wear (no metal to metal contact)

Special notes

• Always keep it clean – helps find problems before they evolve

• Fix it now – don’t leave it for later

• Use torque wrench where possible to ensure correct tightness of fittings

• Special care over reserve deployment handles & bridle routing

• Never mix mineral with synthetic oils

• Try not to keep mixed fuels for long periods of time

• Follow all safety notices and recommendations

• “waggle” it regularly

• Once again keep it clean & fly safely

Basic pre flight checks


1) Fitness and state of mind

2) Pockets sealed – empty

3) Loose items

4) Footware

5) Helmet


1) Opening up

2) Checking

3) Controls


1) Standard check list

2) Starting safety checks

3) Warm engine


1) Helmet – chin strap & fit

2) Harness – Buckles – Loops length

3) Wing to motor – karabiners

4) Pilot – Loose objects – no scarfs

5) Visual checks – activity, wind

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