Powered Parachutes of Argos Indiana was at Airventure with their latest
single seat powered parachute the Phoenix Aero. The Aero even with a Rotax
503, dual carb, dual CDI engine with a 2.58 to 1 reduction drive and a 62
inch IVOPROP still comes in below the legal 254 lbs weight limit of Part
To prove it they had a Certified Certificate of the
weight by Antibus a certified weigh scale company in Indiana. According to
the certified the Aero weighs in at 252.5 lbs. dry weight ready for flight.
But unlike other manufacturers who have used smaller
engines, smaller chutes, and gimmick tires to reach
the weight Phoenix has not skimped on anything. The Aero comes with all
aircraft grade aluminum, aircraft hardware, the 503 engine, digital engine
and flight instruments, a 62 inch prop, a Barnstormer 400
of lifting 900 lbs., a 900 lbs. shock absorbing spring suspension system
and a four point safety harness for the pilot.
Ground steering is done by a control stick for left and
right, and push bars are used to steer left and right in the air. Elevation
in controlled by throttle more throttle the chute climbs, less and it
The craft is available ready to fly from the factory or
in kit form taking about a week to get up and flying.