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, take-off and landing are accomplished by foot.[1][2]

All models came 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". Retrieved 6 April 2012.