|National origin||United States|
US$5,000 (less canopy, 2001)
|Developed from||Daiichi Kosho Whisper|
Design and development
As production of the Daiichi Kosho Whisper, which Paraborne acted as US distributor for, came to a close, the company developed its own derivative design, replacing the Daiichi Kosho DK 472 engine with a Hirth powerplant of similar output.
The Backplane was designed to comply with the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles rules. It features a paraglider-style high-wing, single-place accommodation and a single 22 hp (16 kW) Hirth F-33 engine in pusher configuration. Original factory canopy options included the Ranger or the Seal designs. As is the case with all paramotors, take-off and landing is accomplished by foot.
The aircraft was not a commercial success, production was halted and the company went out of business in about 2004.
Data from Cliche
- Crew: one
- Wing area: 340 sq ft (32 m2)
- Empty weight: 42 lb (19 kg)
- Gross weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
- Fuel capacity: 3 U.S. gallons (11 L; 2.5 imp gal)
- Powerplant: 1 × Hirth F-33 single cylinder, two-stroke, air-cooled aircraft engine, 22 hp (16 kW)
- Propellers: 3-bladed ground adjustable, carbon fiber
- Cruise speed: 25 mph (22 kn; 40 km/h)
- Rate of climb: 400 ft/min (2.0 m/s)