Para motor Racing: Parajet Paragliding with a Motor | WIRED


Am 06.05.2013 veröffentlicht

Want to air race with a Paramotor flying machine? You don’t need a plane, a licence, insurance (though we’d recommend that one), or even any experience – just a propeller and a parachute wing. Subscribe to WIRED ►► Paramotor racers fly at speeds of 70kph, slaloming around 12-metre-high inflatable pylons. “It has its dangers,” admits Dean Eldridge, who won the World Fly Games in Quebec last September and flies for Team Parajet. “The object is to go as fast as possible, but for the pilot’s body to remain as flat as possible in proximity to the ground,” Eldridge says. “There are broken bones, but that’s to be expected. It’s similar to a motocross accident, like when a rider comes off.” There are four types of event: speed race, a pure time trial; bonus race, where competitors must pick up objects such as medicine balls from the ground; free race, where pilots have to complete a certain task within a certain time; and special sky races, which mash up the three. Eldridge, 47, recommends getting insurance and then “finding a friendly farmer,” before you try taking off. Need another excuse to embrace the danger? Think on this: “It’s like motorcycling in the sky.” Courtesy of Parajet, Parabatix and DevinSuperTramp CONNECT WITH WIRED Web: Twitter: Facebook: Google+: Instagram: Magazine: Newsletter: ABOUT WIRED WIRED brings you the future as it happens – the people, the trends, the big ideas that will change our lives. An award-winning printed monthly and online publication. WIRED is an agenda-setting magazine offering brain food on a wide range of topics, from science, technology and business to pop-culture and politics. Para motor Racing: Parajet Paragliding with a motor | WIRED