When I had my paramotor it never flew that fast, and if it did I wouldn’t be skimming the ground. That motor quits (and they do) he’s going to get hamburgers, and I don’t mean McD’s. The only times I flew that low was into the wind when speed is the slowest. The video does make me pine for my flying days.
He is my new hero. I’m scared of ladders and high dives. Looks like he’s doing about 50 mph between those hay bales. This and Wingsuits are a fascination to me. People do that? I can see why but to me it’s completely insane.
People routinely drive 80 mph through jockeying traffic filled with distracted drivers other obstacles. At least the hay bales stay in one place. As a former avid skydiver, I would say the main danger is wind, But it looks and sounds pretty still for most of the video, and you’ll notice he’s not slaloming anything toward the end when he feels some turbulence pick up.
Honestly one of the few things I miss from my non-kosher days.
Breakfast served 24x7 now.
Not a thing in Japan. I’ve tried many times over the years to explain the concept to Japanese people and I always get “why would you want to eat breakfast food not at breakfast time?”.
The problem would be the wheeled cart on the ground you would need for the batteries. Due to the area squared/volume cubed with length issue, it’s much easier to make a small battery powered aircraft than a human carrying battery powered aircraft.
No, they’re not. This jackoff routinely flouts FAA regulations and has a history of ignoring or just plain not paying attention to NOTAMs. He’s going to kill someone someday.
Having parachuted before, those 180 degree turns can really make you ill if you’re not experienced. I’d lose my burger.
@bobtato This is a prime example of how teenage boys’ hair looked in the conservative flyover states in the late 70s. Think teenaged Peter Brady.
Man, that is one expensive hamburger…
Isn’t using a paramotor to pick up food backwards? Shouldn’t he be exploring the possibilities of high speed pizza delivery?
Increasingly doable, though:
Ultimately it’s an issue of stable battery energy-density. Present electric aircraft are much slower and shorter range than fossil fuel powered ones. It’s a gamble when the next generation of batteries will become viable (several promising avenues of research, but R&D is always something of a wildcard). But it will happen. Chemistry and nature has shown us it can be done. It’s an engineering challenge, no breakthroughs in fundamental physics required. And the economic incentive is vast, inexorable and increasing over time.
BTW: the non-electric jet version of the same plane:
Basically a pair of big model airplane turbines.
I did it for a while a few years back. My conclusion is that it’s probably the safest way to fly ever. The main rule is always be over where you can land in a pinch. They’re a bit different than “regular” aircraft- launching takes practice, and landing is super easy. The funny thing about paramotors is that you can’t control your forward speed much. Give it the gas and you ascend. The engine quits and you just glide down- no drama. The nice thing about powered rather than non powered paragliders is that your not beholden to air dynamics to achieve lift. You can fly on windless days if you can get your wing to inflate, However windless day result in faster (relatively) landing speeds. PPGs are just plain fun!
PM me if you have any questions. I’m not an expert, but I’ll share what I know.
I wonder if Jedediah/Gyro Captain from the Mad Max films would have fared better with a paramotor rather than a gyrocopter?
More of an application for skate boards.
Thats a strong statement. Consider the number of people carried by the Boeing 777 and the number of deaths which would result if those people flew motorised paragliders.
Let me rephrase: probably the safest form of recreational flying ever.
Not at all. Just needs some roller skates.
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