Phoenix Industries B1Z ParaFlyer

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B1Z ParaFlyer
Role Paramotor
National origin United States
Manufacturer Phoenix Industries
Status Production completed
Number built 10 (February 2000)
Unit cost
US$8,000 (complete, 2001)

The Phoenix Industries B1Z ParaFlyer (sometimes called the B12) is an American paramotor that was designed and produced by Phoenix Industries of Southampton, New Jersey for powered paragliding.[1][2]

The aircraft is out of production and the company no longer in business.

Design and development[edit]

The aircraft was designed to comply with the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles rules. It features a rectangular paraglider-style high-wing, single-place accommodation and a single 22 hp (16 kW) Zenoah G-25 engine in pusher configuration, with recoil start. As is the case with all paramotors, take-off and landing is accomplished by foot.[1]

Two different canopies were factory options. The smaller is 315 sq ft (29.3 m2) area for pilots up to 175 lb (79 kg) and the larger 360 sq ft (33 m2) area for pilots up to 220 lb (100 kg).[1]

The aircraft can be modified into a powered parachute by the addition of a wheeled cart that mounts the engine package. The cart weighs 105 lb (48 kg).[1]

Specifications (B1Z ParaFlyer)[edit]

Data from Cliche and Kitplanes[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 1 ft 6 in (0.46 m) (motor unit only)
  • Wingspan: 30 ft 0 in (9.14 m)
  • Height: 2 ft 6 in (0.76 m) (motor unit only)
  • Wing area: 315 sq ft (29.3 m2)
  • Empty weight: 76 lb (34 kg)
  • Gross weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 2.5 U.S. gallons (9.5 L; 2.1 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Zenoah G-25 single cylinder, two-stroke, air-cooled aircraft engine, 22 hp (16 kW)

Performance

  • Cruise speed: 22 mph (19 kn; 35 km/h)
  • Range: 30 mi (26 nmi; 48 km)
  • Service ceiling: 5,000 ft (1,524 m)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 4.5:1
  • Rate of climb: 300 ft/min (1.5 m/s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page D-24. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
  2. ^ a b Downey, Julia: 2000 Trike and 'Chute Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 17, Number 2, February 2000, page 53. Kitplanes Acquisition Company. ISSN 0891-1851