So Leon has come up with the Paratrike. The Paratrike is
available in both a single place and two place tandem unit, that can be
added to a paraglider so that the pilot no longer has to worry about foot
launching or landing his or her paraglider.
The advantages of the Paratrike system really come home
on no wind days or when you inadvertently do a down wind landing.
The harness and throttle arrangement used with the
Paratrike allows the pilot to fly hands off while in flight letting him/her
enjoy the view, and take pictures or video while flying.
The large soft tires allow for faster take-offs as they
allow the craft to accelerate faster, getting airborne quicker. The
Paratike tandem unit uses the basic paraglider frame, but has an enlarged
cage to allow for the larger engine and prop.
The trike unit can then be used as a basic
Air-cooled, single cylinder, two-cycle engine with carburetor.
electronic ignition, and electric/recoil starter.
Bore: 76 mm
Stroke: 69 mm
Displacement: 313 cc
Rotation: Anti-clockwise facing PTO
Starter: Electric and recoil starter
Generator: 90 Watt
Max brake output: 27 HP @ 6250 RPM
Max permissable RPM: 6250 RPM
Lubrication: Oil (Castrol TTS) in unleaded gas 50:1
Reduction Ratio's avail. 1.84, 2.05, 2.14, 2.24, 2.34 to 1
Complete engine weight: 19 kg (42 lbs)
trike, or you can add front wheelie bars for
steering, and roll over protection, as well as a rear wheelie bar for the
back so that it cannot be flipped over backwards.
In the tandem version the passenger sits out front over
the wheelie bars with an unobstructed view.
The tandem Paratrike is powered by the MZ 34 with a
modified exhaust for additional power. For extra lift an APCO Thrust extra
large chute is used giving the unit a 450 lbs. lifting capacity.
The complete paraglider unit fits down into a suitcase
and takes about 10 minutes to field assemble. The installation of the trike
unit ads approximately 70 lbs to the unit and takes an additional 10
minutes to set up and break down time.
For more information contact:
2670 35th Ave NE
Sauk Rapids MN 56379