bernoulli Posted February 7, 2012 Share Posted February 7, 2012 I know its not PC to discuss accidents in any walk of life, but as part of my own personal research into paramotoring I need to get a feel for the risk factors involved in PM'ing. I can hear you all saying: flying is the biggest risk...thanks But I took a call this morning from a colleague who I haven't spoken to for a few months. I learned that he had taken up paramotoring and wanted to ask a few Q's. When I caught up with him, he told me he had quit and moved back to micro lights. When I asked why, he stated that he had done about 40hrs on the PM and loved every minute of it except for the landings. His reasons for this were because he became more and more aware that anything short of a 100% perfect landing would result in 30kg+ crashing down on his back with quite a momentum. What capped it all was that of the 4 guys on his course who converted to PM's, one had broken his back and the other had broken his pelvis from landing other than perfectly. One had ballooned slightly to about 5 feet above touchdown and the other had landed in a ploughed feild and tripped. He has told me to do the taster day by all means but to pay particular attention to wearing the kit for as long as possible, running with it and jumping offa chair approx 3' off the ground, to see how I felt about this weights behaviour. Can I have an honest opinion/view on what pilots think the risks of less than a perfect landing are? What are the stats like (unofficial obviously as there aren't any recorded stats) regarding injury whilst landing in particular, but also while taking off to a lesser degree. Does using a trike u/c really change the whole sport? Are the rules associated with trikes that much stricter? Are they essential if one wants to eliminate this risk as much as possible? Many thanks in advance B Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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