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Hanging from the sky: the experience of flying in Paramotor in Albacete (with video)

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Ignacio Izquierdo hanging from the sky in Paramotor in Albacete (C) Avistu

If parachute jumping at 4,000 m altitude is an adrenaline shot that you live at more than 200 km / h, paramotor fly It is almost, almost, the opposite experience. You will not feel as if you are receiving a massage in a room lit only by candlelight, but you will be delighted with the parsimony and slowness of all maneuvers.

That slowness is what will allow you to enjoy more comfortably the landscape you fly over and the experience itself. Unlike in the free fall where the times - measured in tens of seconds - are marked by the jump altitude and the inevitable gravity, here the time in the air depends only on the engine fuel consumption.

No sports car speeds, the simple engine of a paramotor (originally derived from engines for agricultural use) only allows speeds between 24 and 60 km / h, depending on the model. But, although there are their respective records, the paramotor is not a speed sport, to quickly get from point A to point B, but to fly over and enjoy the landscape over point A, point B and the route between them. In fact, sometimes there is no point B.

The dimensions of the Paramotor that we use in Albacete (C) Avistu

The paramotor was born from a concept as simple and original as incorporating an engine and a propeller to a paraglider (defined, fast and bad as “a modified design parachute to plan and fly using air currents, not to safely cushion the speed of the fall although it would also fulfill that function in case of emergency ”), but literally hung at the back of the pilot.

I guess you will have seen the images (and if not, there is Google), of gentlemen who have grown a propeller-shaped hump enclosed in a protective frame. That is the first variant of the paramotor and with that engine, usually of 2 times, a thrust is achieved that allows increase the lift of the paraglider and gain height.

A Paramotor transported by van is prepared to fly in Albacete (C) Avistu

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