Paramotor Inc FX series

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FX series
Role Paramotor
National origin United States
Manufacturer Paramotor Inc
Status Production completed
Unit cost
US$9,995 (FX2 model, 2003)

The Paramotor Inc FX series is a family of American paramotors that was designed and produced by Paramotor Inc of Weldon Spring, Missouri for powered paragliding.[1][2][3]

Design and development[edit]

The company started as an importer of the French Adventure F series of paramotors and also sold the Japanese Daiichi Kosho Beat. It then introduced its own designs, the FX series in the mid-1990s. The company currently produces Military Specification paramotors.

The FX series was designed to comply with the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles rules. All models feature a paraglider-style high-wing, single-place or two-seats-in-tandem accommodation and a single engine in pusher configuration. As is the case with all paramotors, takeoff and landing are accomplished on foot.[1][2]

All models were delivered from the factory with a hand throttle. Options available included a reserve parachute and electric starting. The line was noted for its unusually long three year warranty.[1][2]

Variants[edit]

FX1
Initial model powered by a 18 hp (13 kW) Solo 210 two-stroke engine. Empty weight is 35 lb (16 kg).[1]
FX2
More powerful model with a 22 hp (16 kW) Zenoah G-25 two-stroke engine. Empty weight is 85 lb (39 kg).[1]
FX3
Model with a 22 hp (16 kW) Zenoah G-25 two-stroke engine.[3]
FX4
Model with a 22 hp (16 kW) Zenoah G-25 two-stroke engine.[3]
FX5
Model with a 27.5 hp (21 kW) Zanzottera MZ 34 two-stroke engine.[3]

Aircraft on display[edit]

Specifications (FX1)[edit]

Data from Cliche[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 1 ft 6 in (0.46 m) (motor unit only)
  • Height: 2 ft 0 in (0.61 m) (motor unit only)
  • Wing area: 300 sq ft (28 m2)
  • Empty weight: 35 lb (16 kg)
  • Gross weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 1.25 U.S. gallons (4.7 L; 1.04 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Solo 210 single cylinder, two-stroke, air-cooled aircraft engine, 18 hp (13 kW)

Performance

  • Cruise speed: 25 mph (22 kn; 40 km/h)
  • Endurance: 1:30
  • Service ceiling: 10,000 ft (3,048 m)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page D-25. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
  2. ^ a b c Downey, Julia: 2000 Trike and 'Chute Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 17, Number 2, February 2000, page 51. Kitplanes Acquisition Company. ISSN 0891-1851
  3. ^ a b c d Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 71. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster UK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X
  4. ^ Cradle of Aviation Museum (2001). "Visitor's Atrium". Archived from the original on 21 November 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2012.