Paramotor Trike vs Powered paragliding foot launch. Which one gets off the ground faster and in a shorter distance? It is a common misconception that a paramotor trike takes longer to get off the ground.
While that may be true for low quality heavy models the Air Trike is the world’s lightest tuff & durable paramotoring trike. With wheels you roll quickly and smoothly up to speed. The Air Trike has very little drag and seems to accelerate faster than a pilot can foot launch. Also since wheels roll smoothly without bouncing the hang points and glider, you have less disturbance of the wing so you create lift more quickly.
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Also the Air Trike keeps the thrust line straight where when you foot launch the motor is tilted forward much more during the launch run which decreased the amount of thrust and makes the transition to flight a bit trickier. The Air Trike allows the thrust line to be absolutely perfect throughout the launch and the transition to flight is perfectly smooth and balanced without any real swinging or major changing of the angle of the propeller.
The Air Trike weighs only 26 lbs!! (11.8 Kg) It is the world’s lightest paramotor trike. That lightweight keeps the weight disadvantage to a minimum which means if the foot launch pilot doesn’t do an absolutely perfect job of launch the Air Trike is going to blow it away in the shortest distance and launch possible.
If you have a master pilot on both then the difference should be minimal but the misconception is that paramotor trikes take much more distance to get off the ground and that simply isn’t accurate when you are talking about about the extremely high tech carbon fiber & aircraft aluminum Air Trike. A trike can also get off the ground with more weight since it launches more efficiently and smoothly without diminishing thrust from vectoring the engine upwards.
So the bottom line is that if you want to launch in the very shortest distance with a paraglider the Air Trike gives a very clear advantage in having the shortest take off run possible. For more information or for any technical questions just call the most experienced pilots in the world at 800-707-2525 in the USA or 801-631-1731 globally. Or check out their website
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