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What Paraglider equipment is right for Me ?

After the Engine, the next most important equipment to purchase is the correct size Paraglider (wing), this must be calculated based on your Total Flight Weight!

To select the correct size Paraglider Wing, use this Flight Weight Calculator! (below)

Flying with an oversize wing in windy conditions or growing thermals has a greater potential to cause partial or dangerous full wing collapse during flight, and making for a rough and unenjoyable Flight.

Flying with an undersize wing increased decent rate and flight speed, some experienced PPG pilots prefer an under sized wing to increase there ground flight speed, an undersize wing also slightly reduces the effect and feel of wind and thermals buffering during windier days  &/or cross country flights.   This should be considered if your engine fails or stalls and you can't restart, as it is your Wing that will bring you safely back to earth, although distance from a clearing, wind, weather and other factors play an important part in your glide angle back to the ground.

NOTE: A larger capacity PPG engine does NOT make you fly faster, it is the wing that sets your flight speed, an engine only gives you the ability to gain altitude and maintain level flight.  General rule of thumb, the heavier your flight weight the more thrust required to assist with an easier launch and maintain level flight, usually a larger capacity engine produces more thrust, also usually making launching easier and safer by assisting a pilot to gain altitude easier and faster to clear approaching obstacles without the engine over revving, thus creating less noise pollution for the general public, and making flying more pleasurable. (see how our engines rated in an independent Thrust Tests)

The future of this industry will be in light weight, reliable and quiet four stroke engines, our 250cc Intruder engine has set the standard for others to follow, and is some 50% lighter than our old Quad based HellCat 360cc, 4 stroke purpose built Aviation engine, it was by far the quietist of our engines, due to bad electrical configuration BlackHawk stopped the supply of this great engine and initially replaced it with the water cooled, two stroke 320cc Revolver engine.

Propellers: As a general rule of thumb, Timber props for Go, Carbon props for Show!  Carbon Fibre propellers look nice, commonly produce less thrust and usually make more noise, the main advantage is that puzzle type props pull apart to store in smaller space for transportation.

:: Select how You want to fly ::

Then purchase the correct Package Deal

Foot Launch Powered Paragliding: If you predominately want to fly Foot Launch you can select from our BH-90cc engine up to the standard AirMax-210cc engine for superior clime rate, the Kestrel HH cage is our standard cage and has a Two piece chassis that dismantles to fit into the smallest bag/cargo crate, with Foot Launch the less weight you have to carry the better.

Wheeled & Foot Launch Powered Paragliding: If you are wanting to swap between Foot Launch and Wheeled Launch you should use our standard Rhino Cage as it simply bolts on to our LowBoy Quad with four "O" clamps. The smallest engine we recommend for Solo and Tandem Quad flight is our Talon 175 engine.  Our new LowBoy TRIKE has the most simplest change over method, as you use the same harness and the cage that simply fastens onto the Trike, however a Trike is designed for experienced pilots due to a Trike being inherently more unstable on Launch & Landing.

REMEMBER: The Heavier you flight weight, more power is required to maintain level flight and retain a desirable climb rate.

Wheel Launch Only: You can either leave the LowBoy Quad fully assembled for a quicker roll-out launch, or use 18 quick-pins to allow an almost fully dismantled Quad, leaving the front & rear Chassis bolted, allowing the Quad roll cage to fold down to a Flat Pack for easy transportation.  

PPG & WPPG engines are easy to transport, by first removing the Cage quadrants, then the engine is left mounted on the Cage chassis, this allows for easy storage in the rear or the boot of the smallest vehicle.  The Heavier your flight weight, more power is required to maintain level flight and provide a desirable climb rate, our 4 stroke, 250cc INTRUDER engine has a great power to weight ratio, and as such is only recommended for Solo or Tandem LowBoy Quad flight.

This Flight Weight calculator will indicate the correct size wing you require!

Calculate the correct size Paraglider Wing based on your Flight Weight !

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Pilot's Fully Dressed Weight inc. Helmets & Boots etc.
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Engine Dry Weight (inc. exhaust & Propeller)
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Cage & Tank (Foot or Wheel Launch) 
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Flight Harness (Foot Launch ONLY)
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Solo or Tandem Quad. (30.9~35.2 kg)
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Passenger weight if flying Tandem.
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Other Equipment you plan to carry. (Reserve, Radio, Water etc.)
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Paraglider/Wing. (weight is used to calculate the correct Wing size) 
 NB: If not flying for extended periods, select your Dry Flight Weight +weight of Fuel below ! 

 Your Dry Flight WEIGHT:KG

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Fuel being carried on board. (8.2lt or 12.5lt of Fuel Tanks) 
Weights are approximates.  Select a Wing as close to your upper TOTAL FLIGHT WEIGHT:KG

Page last updated 30 September, 2017.

When you have calculated your total flight weight above, you then need to select a wing, it is recommended to select a wing so you are flying close as possible to the maximum rated weight, simply put the reason behind this is you are flying light under a large wing and stronger wind conditions prevail, you will get blown around more so, as well as increasing the possibility that you may also unload the wing (loosen the lines) thus leading into dangerous flying.

When flying with a passenger we recommend using our 42m Velocity EDGE Tandem glider (145~225kg), do not use this wing for flying Solo unless you have a dummy weight or carrying additional equipment that will bring you to the upper end of the recommended weight !

The biggest fella we've taken up was 120kg (264lbs) ...a big boy !

For a male passenger the average is about 95kg (210lbs).

According to some paraglider manufacturers many gliders do withstand 8G overload, so it's relatively clear nothing wrong will/should happen with new or recently tested gear if it is overloaded.

Simply put, Overloading a glider/wing is making it carrying more weight than it's recommended weight.

NB: Overloading/Increased wing load you can expect the following;

  • Increase in sink rate.
  • Harder to Launch, on flat ground you will have to run or roll further before the wing will launch.
  • Slight increase in speed. (same proportion as sink, performance should remain the same)
  • Increase in agility (less brake input is required for a turn, sometimes even weight shift is enough, you have to watch out, since the paraglider reacts to pilot actions pretty hard and fast. However, if you are a frequent flyer you have a good chance to get used to it)
  • Decreased probability of a deflation. Generally the safety is not affected adversely, but it is reasonable to at least try a bigger wing.

 Be WARNED Self Training is NOT recommended !

Please contact your own CFI's (Chief Flight Instructors) listed on the two sites mentioned below, it is usually always best to get training from an instructor in your Area as it will save you time as they should know the local weather patterns.  For information on Foot and Wheeled launch training you can visit the HGFA web site or for Wheel Launch training visit the RAA web site.

Contact-us for equipment information on (02) 821 30 823, remember we do NOT train pilots, we sell equipment, that is our business!

Handy conversion calculator for Weights & Measurements

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