Paramania team pilot Ric Womersley won a hard-fought battle and won the first round of the British League on 20 and 21 April. Followed swiftly by Dean Eldridge (British Paramotor Champion 2012 - GTR).
Ric carved his GTR 24 round a classic course in Boston Lincolnshire that combined pylon racing with navigation, showcasing the unique talents of the pilot - and of his Paramania wing.
"I only had an hour of airtime on the GTR before going to the comp", says Ric, "but it's so intuitive to fly and so rock solid I was able to concentrate on navigation in rough spring thermals. I'm really pleased with my performance - and full marks to Paramania for the GTR too!"
It was a great weekend for the GTR. Thousands of miles away the Thai precision / slalom competition was won by Pongkorn Zeegame also flying Paramania's now almost legendary new wing.
Why the GTR and GTX designs?
Paramania is the only wing manufacturer to be totally focused on powered flight. Starting with the first reflex wing in 1994, the company has always had a different approach to wing design.
While watching pilots cornering pylons during Parabatix races, Mike Campbell-Jones realized that a new generation of super-stable, highly manoeuvrable wings were needed for freestyle play and racing.
With the help of Paramania team pilots Mike set about redesigning the para/power-glider from the bottom up, paying particular attention to roll rate, pitch control, handling and a specific reflex section. The result was the GTR, which has proved itself in both pylon racing and then in classic competition, when Dean Eldridge won the UK nationals in 2012.
The GTR has become the benchmarck for all slalom/freestyle designs. It is a wing that permits pilots to explore the boundaries in relative safety, whilst developing their skills. At the same time it put a big bold 'F' back into the words 'flying' and 'fun'.
Using the new GTR technology Mike then went on to develop the GTX, a wing with a very different purpose and the next step towards Paramania's goal of providing wings for all styles of piloting.
The GTX characteristics make the wing easy to take-off and land in small spaces and simple to fly, with excellent directional stability and high levels of passive safety. The GTX is a new style of wing made for the ordinary pilot. A perfect wing for travelling over distance with friends while touring and having fun.
What unites both wings is their high levels of passive safety, incorporating legendary Paramania stability and build quality to give versatile fun. The GTR is made for carving turns, with a snappy roll rate and quick directional changes. The GTX is easier to use for straight flight, flying efficiently over distance with precision, speed and range.
Inspired to fly?
How much does it cost? About the same as getting into motorcross. Fill in the form on the right and we'll let you know how to find your nearest paramotoring school.
Is it hard? Depending on your physical capabilities and bird-like nature it can be very simple and you could be in the air in a matter of hours.
How long is the training? It depends on the student and level you want to achieve while with an instructor. We recommend about a month to learn or about 20 hours of training.
Is training necessary? Yes. People have trained themselves to try and save money, but then they have to replace all the equipment they have broken along the way (which is more expensive then the training!)
What should my first purchase be? Choose a wing first. Once fitted for a glider you can start training and your instructor will be very helpful in finding you a motor that fits your weight and abilities.
What should I look for in a glider? Make sure it is made for paramotoring; specially constructed with reinforcement and trimmings to make the glider better under the weight of the motor (plus you of course).
Don't buy a paragliding wing which is not built for the weight or geometry of the motor. The best is a beginner reflex wing, built for safety and reliability. As a beginner the Paramania Revo2 has these qualities in spades and it will also last you for years - all the way up to intermediate flying.
Thanks from Team Paramania!
Kings Cup, Thailand 2012
On August 30 the Air Sports Association of Thailand under Royal Patronage held a four day paramotor competition. The 3rd King's Cup Thailand Paramotor and East Asian Championship was held at the City Sports Park in Nong Kham Nong Khor, Sriracha, Chonburi, Thailand.
Five countries were represented; Milasia, South Korea, Lao, Indonisia and the host Thailand.
There was a gold medal and a cash prize of £10,000 in addition to other rewards.
First place received prize money of £6,000 and second prize winner won a cash prize of £4000.
Here is PongKorn Tanasakulkornsaeng flying around the pylons, a 16 year old Paramania pilot who has recently started popping up on the screen. This is very exciting, keep your eyes and ears aware, Pongkorn is going to continue to take podium positions in the future!
We are happy to announce that Paco Guerra came in first place over some of the best acro pilots in the world with his Paramania GTR 20.
With competitors like Raul Rodriguez you know the competition was hot and winning against talent like this, especially in freestyle flying, is a pinnacle for our company and for our pilots.
Paco said, “Raul has been one of my inspirations sense I was a young pilot, beating him in a Freestyle competition has made me very surprised and happy." He concluded by saying, "I was the fastest in the pylon racing and the audience was most energized by my low level flying and precision performance”
El Yelmo Paramotoring focused on low level aggressive flying and display flying, with smoke systems and ribbon displays, plus the fastest pylon racing and other additional show elements.
Some of the best in the world pilots took part in this event for example Raul Rodriguez, Horacio Llorens, Javi Tejerio, Hernan Pitoco, Anthony Green and Victor Rodriguez.
Acro and Freestyle flying has been very popular with paragliding and is becoming more and more popular in Spain and abroad with Paramotoring. A pilot can maintain low level flight and perform high energy tasks right in front of a crowd. A pilot can now accomplish similar tricks and advanced moves with the advent of wings like the Paramania GTR. This is a big step for Paramania and Paramotoring as a whole.