How to set up a paramotor wing
Setting up a paramotor wing involves several steps to ensure proper inflation and launch. Here's a detailed guide on how to set up a paramotor wing:
1. Choose a Suitable Launch Site:
- Select a clear and open area away from obstacles such as trees, buildings, or power lines.
- Ensure the wind is blowing directly into the chosen launch site.
2. Lay Out the Wing:
- Unpack the paraglider wing on the ground, ensuring that it is spread out evenly.
- Untangle any lines or risers to prevent snags during inflation.
3. Attach the Risers:
- Connect the risers to the carabiners on the paramotor harness.
- Confirm that the lines are untangled and correctly attached to the risers.
4. Check the Wing Layout:
- Verify that the wing is laid out symmetrically with both sides of the canopy equally spread.
- Ensure there are no twists in the lines.
5. Pre-Inflation Checks:
- Confirm that the wing is facing directly into the wind.
- Check that there are no obstacles or people in the launch path.
6. Brake Line Management:
- Hold the brake toggles in your hands.
- Make sure the brake lines are free from entanglements and that the toggles are not twisted.
7. Pre-Inflation Procedure:
- Stand with your back to the wind, facing the wing.
- Inflate the wing slightly by pulling the A-risers or applying gentle tension on the brake lines.
8. Full Inflation:
- Gradually apply more tension on the A-risers or brake lines to achieve full inflation of the wing.
- Maintain a balanced posture, leaning slightly forward to counter the wing's lift.
9. Check for Symmetry:
- Ensure that both sides of the wing inflate evenly and symmetrically.
- Verify that the wing is centered overhead.
10. Throttle Up:
- Once the wing is fully inflated and overhead, apply throttle gradually.
- Maintain a controlled ascent, keeping the wing directly overhead.
11. Monitor the Wing:
- Continuously monitor the wing's position and behavior during the initial climb.
- Be prepared to make minor brake inputs for steering adjustments.
- Once the wing is stable and overhead, initiate a controlled takeoff by increasing throttle and lifting off smoothly.
- Maintain a balanced posture, and avoid sudden movements.
13. Post-Takeoff Checks:
- Confirm that the wing is fully inflated and stable.
- Adjust throttle to achieve the desired climb rate.
14. Transition to Cruise:
- Gradually reduce throttle to transition from the climb to level flight.
- Adjust your posture and control inputs to maintain a stable and comfortable flight.
Proper training with a certified paramotor instructor is essential for learning these setup and launch procedures. It's crucial to follow safety guidelines and practice under the supervision of an experienced instructor to ensure a safe and successful flight.