03 Sep The hardest part of Powered Paragliding
Powered Paragliding Maintenance video, it is more interesting than it sounds, kind of…
There are a few challenges that have presented themselves in this whole Powered paragliding game. The first of course was the training, which although being warned about was a lot harder on the body than I thought it would be.
I should be a bit more specific here and say my body as I have certain ailments which make Powered Paragliding a little tough, especially during training which involves walking around with about 60 pounds on your back for a few hours a day.
In particular my dodgy knees, bad shoulders and herniated neck disk. Having said that I did surprisingly well despite these little issues, and once the training is done ground time is minimal and becomes less of an issue.
The other difficulty, and in some ways the biggest one, is the maintenance of my Paramotor. Now for a lot of people I am sure this part seems simple, but for someone who can never figure out which hole the oil goes in in my car, this has been a big concern for me, and after the nightmare that was blowing my engine in Guatemala, I am more nervous about it than I probably need to be.
I am getting better though. Well, I am getting better at maintaining my Paramotor, but I still have no idea how most of it works. I just keep praying that it continues to do so despite my complete lack of mechanical know how.
One of the ways I am warding off my incompetence is by having made a checklist which I go through before every flight. I usually do the checks the day before flying so that the nerves and distractions which come just before a flight don’t make me miss anything, and aside from potentially saving my life, it also makes me feel safer when I am running with a Powered Paraglider strapped to my back which could quite easily chop me into little pieces or drop me into the ocean (don’t worry mum, she’ll be right :).
So I thought I would put together a little video of how I go about doing a pre-flight on my Powered Paraglider. I have a Blackhawk BH 125 Paramotor but the checklist would fit almost any paramotor and I think is just a great way to add that little extra bit of confidence to other beginner pilots out there.
I wish I had found a few more things like this video in my early days and so hope it helps equally mechanically un-minded folks just getting into Powered Pragliding with their flying and maintenance. If any pros out there see this and have something to add I am always happy to hear it.
PS. I forgot to show checking the leg and chest straps which is vitally important and I always do.
For those who don’t own a paramotor it might be interesting for you to see how these things are built and what it takes to do just basic maintenance.
Enjoy, I hope it helps you and let me know what you think in the comments below and subscribe to my blog for more Powered Paragliding things, Travel things, and just plain cool things.
Fuel tank secure / lid, fuel line secure / leaks / cable ties, check in 3 places, Choke check, Muffler secure, Spark plug cap, Starter pulley secure, Cowling bolts X2, Head gasket leaks, Exhaust springs / bolts X10, Engine rubber mounts check X6, Prop bolts / Prop cracks, Temp/RPM gauge connections, Cage bends, Cage connections X21, Cage straps X2, Cage Velcros X2, Jbars secure/cracks and bends, Jbar safety strap and connector, Carabiner cracks and connections, Reserve secure X4 and cable ties X4, Agama secure, Harness straps top X2 / Back X3 / to Jbar X2, zips closed X3, leg straps and clips, chest straps and clips. Nothing for prop to strike, wing trimmers, lines clear, breaks clear.