If you are like me, you love flying lots of different planes and configurations. I got my first chance to fly a powered paraglider doing some infrared biomass photography from a large paraglider. That plane was all electric with nearly five pounds of battery necessary to power cameras, downlinks and motor.
The Paralight is a fuel or electric powered Paraglider that is very portable and fully capable of hauling an onboard camera. Paralight Aviation has been developing and producing their products since 2004 and reside in Israel under the ownership of Moshe Roimi. Shipping is via EMS. I will be writing about the Paralight in the next few months so I wanted to introduce this model early.
- Glow or electric .46 – .50
- 2 Channels required with 2 more optional
- Less than one hour to assemble
- Long flight durations of 40 – 50 minutes
- Easy to fly
- Great filming platform
- Flies level for aerial photography
- Spare parts available
- 20 – 50 foot take off roll required
- Wind 0 – 11 MPH
- Wing (sail) – 200cm / 78.7in
- Craft Height – 55cm / 21.6in
- Craft Length- 65cm / 25.5in
- Weight (including engine and battery) – 4kg / 8.8lbs
- Max Payload Weight – 450g / .99lbs
The Paralight is available in a variety of setups including ARF fuel, ARF electric, complete RTF, Complete package with Rx and Tx, and sail only and ranging in price from $129 for a sail, $299 for a ARF and $699 for the RTF. Complete ready to fly packages with everything you need to fly run about $1,100. Check out the Paralight website.
One thing you learn quickly in flying a parasail is controlling your altitude. To do this you simply apply throttle, but at the same time one has to make sure you do not over throttle as too much power will tip the sail into a stall. Not quite like a stall you might have experienced but a worse case scenario would drop the carriage into the sail. So gentle throttle input makes the paralight climb and backing off the throttle makes it gently glide to the ground. Turning is easy and most set up the steering on the aileron channel right stick. I will provide more in my review.
More soon. Stay in touch.